Happy Lover Day!
In celebration of Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album release, I wanted to take some time out to write a post about why Taylor Swift continues to be my favourite artist/person/human, a good 11/12 years after I first happened upon her. Whilst Taylor is often the media’s target, I’ve fastidiously been her supporter when she’s been mine throughout the past decade. From her numerous album releases to her perfume launches, stadium tours to moments of bravery and activism, I’m a Taylor girl through and through.
She’s a fellow storyteller and architect of emotions
The first Taylor Swift song that I ever came across was Love Story. I heard it on one of the music channels (remember how popular those were?!) during the summer and then played it on repeat until her Fearless album was released. From that moment, I was captivated by her ability to tell a story, not only through words and lyrics, but through the music itself.
Over the years, each of Taylor’s albums have resonated perfectly with my life. I won’t go into granular details, but Fearless sounds like the summer of 2009; Breathe is that September; Enchanted came about when I was absolutely obsessed with Owl City; Welcome to New York played as I moved across the world; Red feels like blinding heart-splintering panic.
Her music is incredibly grounding
With all of that said, I find Taylor Swift’s music incredibly grounding. Taylor says time and time again in interviews that her songs are a journal of her life; Lover even comes with a journal in the deluxe edition! And for all of the songs I find relatable — a.k.a. 90% of her discography — I’ll always find a feeling of grounding. Bad mood? Pop Shake It Off on. A friend has wronged you? Swing Bad Blood on. Want to remember that summer of love? Hey Stephen.
There genuinely isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t listen to at least one Taylor Swift song. There’s one for every moment, I’m telling you.
She’s grown immeasurably over the years
Like I touched upon, Taylor is almost always at the centre of some sort of media controversy. First she was demonised for being a Disney star (she never was one, in fact she landed a recording contract aged 12 by knocking on record labels’ doors), then she was mocked for exclusively writing love songs (when the entire industry is founded on songs about love). The list goes on.
But what they never mention is that Taylor has grown immeasurably over the years. Her music has matured, she seeks to improve when she’s been called out, and she’s undeniably made waves in the music industry.
Taylor Swift’s seventh album ‘Lover’ is now available to download on iTunes, save on Spotify and buy on hard copy. I highly recommend collecting her physical albums; they’re truly beautiful.