Taylor Swift Finally Pulled Me In

Taylor Swift and her eyebrowsFor a few years now, I’ve groaned when I heard a Taylor Swift song. I have a 14 year old, and she and her friends like Taylor and have played her a lot. Since she isn’t my usual taste, I didn’t give her a fair shake. I had also read the Rolling Stone treatment of her a few years ago, and came away impressed with her business acumen but not inclined to listen to someone’s music who lived such a “white bread” existence.

But one of her latest hits became an anthem among teens and maybe some not so teen, and I started listening. Yep, it’s true teen angst has been her stock and trade, but not just to whine. She tries to encourage, and I’m learning to appreciate that about her. I tend to be a critic, but I would like to think I’m changing. I hope you watch this to the end. Love the end:

I’ve also thought about the fact she writes most of her songs and has been doing this for years, and with this change away from her country roots and given her youth, she will continue to experiment way beyond Shake It Off. The song seems like an announcement of just that. And I look forward to that, because eventually it’s going to be something like a fine wine.

This one features a favorite of many in this fandom:


  1. As the chauffeur of teenagers, I have heard a lot of Taylor Swift over the years. I thought she captured teenaged angst remarkably well when she was young. As she matured, her song writing has matured as well. I recently enjoyed her coaching on this past season of THE VOICE. She was funny and savvy.

    I’m not a music expert, and am usually drawn more to lyrics than melody — and I think Taylor Swift has a real talent for expressing emotion and story telling. Many of her songs have a line or two that make me happy every time I hear them because they ring true.

  2. My older teen still loves Linkin Park since they came into our world via fanvids. I’ve been waiting for my teens to come home crazy for 1D or Taylor Swift but no it’s still me who’s in control of the new music around here and it’s still mainly sourced through fanvids :)

  3. She seems not to take herself too seriously at this point, and that’s something to appreciate in someone with her level of celebrity. She’s undeniably talented. Both vids are cute, but I LOVE the 2nd one (& also the song!). I know I’m not the only one to wonder if she and Ed might end up together someday. LOL

  4. I’m not too familiar with Taylor Swift’s music so thanks for sharing these two videos — they were a treat! The first one was so much fun and the last was very sweet.

  5. I have loved Taylor’s music from the start and I’m not ashamed to admit it. She is talented, hard-working, positive and strong; I admire her skills and perseverance. I like many of her songs, like these ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPBwXKgDTdE ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUwxKWT6m7U and

    I could go on but it’s time to let you discover her songs if you want to. Thanks for this post!~

  6. […] I’m going to talk about Taylor Swift again. I like her. More about that here if you’re so inclined to find out […]

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