There is no doubting the fact that Taylor Swift’s songwriting abilities have improved and evolved significantly since her arrival on the American music scene. Even though the subjects of her songs remain pretty much the same from love and heartbreak, her way of expressing her emotions through the songs has changed. Gone are the days when she used to base her writings on puppy-love, as she has matured and so have her lyrics too.
During her early days, she was paying tributes to country music icons like Tim McGraw, while her lyrical content consisted many such feelings that she hadn’t experienced at that age. But after reaching the pinnacle of her career and with the help of her much-publicized personal life, Swift used her real life experiences in her music and it enabled her to elevate her songwriting to the next level.
A few days ago, MTV reporter Sway Colloway arranged a sit-down with the country superstar and asked how she feels about her musical evolution and what difference does she feel in her music now and back then. Swift replied, “I don’t know. I think retrospect will tell a lot. Years from now [and] I’ll look back and go, ‘I didn’t know anything then.’ ”
According to the singer herself, the greatest change that she has gone in recent years music-wise, is “the kind of things you say when you’re hurt.”
The You Belong to ME-crooner further explained, “I had this song called ‘Picture to Burn,’ that’s talking about how ‘I hate your truck,’ and ‘I hate that you ignored me,’ ‘I hate you,’ . Now, the way that I would say that and the way that I would feel that kind of pain is a lot different.”
But the changed style doesn’t mean that Swift would want to change her initial musical ventures. “But I think that my first record came out when I was 16, the next one, Fearless, came out when I was 18 and this one came out when I was 20, so I think there’s a lot of personal growth,” she added.
She said that she is proud of the content she made when she was 16 and wouldn’t change it for anything. She concluded the interview by saying, “I got to immortalize those emotions that when you’re so angry, you hate everything. It’s like recording your diary over the years, and that’s a gift.”Sway Colloway, Taylor Swift, tim mcgraw