Why I Love Taylor Swift…Forever and Always

I can remember exactly where I was when I heard my first Taylor Swift song. My mom was driving me home from swim practice, and I turned the volume up when I heard Tim Mcgraw playing on the radio. At first, I thought it was a Sara Evans song *face palm* but the radio DJ quickly cleared that up for me. And with that an obsession began.

Her first self-titled album was like reading my diary, it was so filled with heartbreaking crushes that every middle school girl in America could relate to. I essentially listened to it on repeat for two years. tumblr_m6hxoh7m991rypj7ho1_250

Her second album came out when I was fourteen and you can bet that when my friends started turning 15, I posted many birthday videos of me singing Fifteen on their facebook walls. I read every article written about Taylor, watched all her vlogs on youtube about her adventures on tour, cheered for her at every award show, and dreamed of going to her concert. tumblr_mybojyIlfK1sb2yooo2_250

I marked the days on my calendar until Taylor Swift’s third album, Speak Now,  came out. And, the best birthday gift ever came for my 17th birthday; my best friend had an extra ticket to her show the same week as my birthday. We made matching t-shirts, pink glitter and all.

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Taylor’s fourth album, Red, came out when I was a freshman at college and proved that her music was more than dreams of high school romance. It also proved every girl in America was affected by her. That album was constantly playing in every girl’s room in my building for a solid two months after it came out. There were few nights my friends and I went out and didn’t listen to 22 while we got ready.tumblr_mjrz6bWpEB1roj05co1_500

Taylor’s latest album came out this fall and I love it just as much as I did that very first one, even though it’s vastly different. From a 13 year old with wet hair sitting shotgun in her mother’s suburban to a 20 year old junior in college I remain a Taylor Swift fan. When I look at how much she’s changed from that teenager strumming an acoustic guitar to the pop star she is today I’m reminded how much I’ve changed too. I grew up with Taylor Swift. As she got older and more mature, so did I. As she learned about heartbreak from unworthy boys who didn’t treat her right, so did I. As she got hate from the media, I got typical social media teen hate.tumblr_npg856mrp41qmu1q6o1_500

Taylor Swift has taught me to embrace all things girly and sparkly, to keep on believing in fairy tales no matter how many times your heart has been broken, and to not let anyone keep you down.

More recently she’s taught me not to be afraid of taking chances and changing. For instance, breaking out of the country scene you grew up in and testing the pop waters…tumblr_nox8g0nI4Z1sdni4no2_500

…that boys may come and go but your female friends are forever….tumblr_nopt74R5NI1r53686o1_1280

…and most importantly haters gonna hate and there ain’t nothing you can do about it but “shake it off”.tumblr_nov1otCcBn1uwxf73o1_500

I recognize all the changing Taylor has done and honestly if she hadn’t I probably wouldn’t like her as much. If she was still singing about small crushes I would tell her to grow up and write something new. I’m confident that as long as she continues to grow and evolve I will continue to buy every album. #cantstopwontstoptumblr_nhlt5bljVO1snc16no1_500

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A Look Back to the Glory Days of Female Country Artists

Country music is more popular than ever right now. Which is super exciting for me, since I grew up on the genre. I remember being a self-conscious middle schooler, secretly listening to country music instead of the popular “top 40” genre. And let me tell you, that girl is thrilled by country’s sudden popularity. Call it Taylor Swift’s fault or the new “brocountry” phenomeneon, but no matter how you slice it Country Music is in.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this new country as much as any frat guy in a pick-up truck but I am a tad nostalgic for the country music of the early 2000’s and 90s. Songs today seem a tad repetitive and mean less. Isn’t ther more to sing about than drinking, pretty girls, and pick-up trucks? What I’ve always liked best about country music was the story they told in their lyrics. As Miranda Lambert told Rolling Stone Magazine “there is so much more you can sing about and say“.

The men of country music are dominating right now and we definitely need some more female powerhouses to even up the score, now that Taylor Swift has switched teams on us; Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood can’t do it alone. And I can’t talk about gender in country music without applauding Maddie and Tae for pointing out the flaws and sexism of “brocountry” in their Girl in a Country Song video.

In honor of some of the great female country artists of the last generation, that actually had something to say, I give you a few of my favorite girl power country songs.

For more check out my playlist on spotify.

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