Last night Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards and as she danced around and emitted pure glee (no one can ever accuse her of not being authentic)I got a little misty. Maybe it’s two weeks of raw vegetables that have turned me soft. Whatever the case, I found myself feeling, well, proud of Ms. Swift. She is this young girl that writes, sings and produces hit after hit whether you like it or not.
I will admit, I fought the Taylor Swift phenomenon for a while. The Girl LOVES her some Taylor and was entertaining strangers with every lyric to Our Song when she was only 2.5. I gladly supported her loving Taylor over, say Brittany, but I was NOT going to like her because, ahem, I have better musical taste than that. But then I listened to some of the words, and I’m going to admit, I quite like it. She’s an old soul Ms. Swift and it works for me. I’m going to share a few that I think illustrate why she’s more than bubble gum. I dare you to listen and reserve your judgement until you’re finished. I bet there is at least one that makes you go, “yeah, I get that.”
Mean: Whether you were bullied by definition or not, everyone has That person (I can still picture mine in all her shiny-haired glory) the one that makes you feel so damn small and that sometimes (even though you’re a mature grown-up) you wish you could run into now so you could show her/him how awesome you are now.
Best Day: When this one comes on the car radio I always have to explain to The Girl why I’m weeping. I can usually choke out, “I just bet her mom is proud is all”. Oh, Baby Girl, you have no idea. If you’re a mom, or a daughter, this one’ll getcha.
Fifteen: You may only get this if you’re a girl, woman, lady-whatever. If you’ve been a young girl in love, you’ll hear your story. “Back then I thought I was going to marry him but I realized some bigger dreams of mine…When all you want is to be wanted you wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now.”
Never Grow Up: Then there’s this one. She’s lived through the rest. How does she get this one so right?
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Don’t fight it. She’s a lovely, insightful storyteller and a great role model, in my not-afraid-to-be-uncool humble opinion. I love the girl and all these songs!