As part of official Blog Wars 2012 rules, each competitor must do at least one guest post on each of their fellow competitor’s blogs, and as such, I’d like to extend a hearty welcome to Erin of Act IV. I met Erin last year when she moved in with fellow blog warrior Kelcie. Since Erin is sarcastic, intelligent, a literature lover and the owner of a delightfully dry & wry sense of humor, I knew we’d get along excellently. Here, she waxes poetic on everyone’s favorite pop-country starlet, Taylor Swift. And props to you, Erin: we all should just like what we like.
It should come as no shock that a girl who still sleeps with her teddy bear also loves Taylor Swift. Never mind the fact that my last birthday qualified me to rent a car without paying that ridiculous youngster charge. Mid-twenties or not, I like what I like. I didn’t used to be this confident — as a matter of fact, the first time I heard “Love Story,” I pretended not to like it. But she was just so good. I mean, she was practically singing my soul. “I’ve been there, too Taylor,” I would think. And she’s so darn likeable, you know? Have you read her “about me” section on taylorswift.com? She’s just unfairly cute and quirky. And so, it is with no shame that I submit to you my top
5 7 favorite T Swift songs (I couldn’t narrow it down to 5). In no particular order:
“Love Story” Ok, let’s start with the obvious. From the first pluck of the banjo, I’m hooked, every time. I mean really, the way this song builds is fantastic. And that key-change at the climactic moment? Come on! Plus, love triumphs after all. Feel-good song of the decade.
“Fifteen” What can I say? This is exactly what high school feels like. Girl nailed it. “When all you wanted was to be wanted, wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now.” Yes, I do. And I want to make every high-school girl listen to this song.
“Mean” I dare you to listen to this song and not smile. It is funny. And so much gumption! Tell that dumb ass how it is, Taylor. Also, points for a fantastic almost-bluegrass arrangement.
“Teardrops on My Guitar” Can we just be real? I HAVE FELT THAT WAY. Enough said.
“Our Song” This one wins the cuteness award. I love how much character her voice has in this song, even if it is cheesy and immature. It’s a classic country celebration of young love. Roll your windows down and enjoy.
“Never Grow Up” So, I listened to this one a few months after I moved out of my parents’ house and bawled my eyes out. I really am hopelessly sentimental, and this one gets me so very wistful thinking about how quickly time moves. It’s just sweet.
“Breathe” This may be the most realistic break-up song ever. Sometimes there’s no reason; it just doesn’t work out. Kudos for singing from the dumper’s point of view. The repeated “I’m sorry” at the end is heart-wrenching.
So, there you have it. Taylor Swift — music for the people.