There is something about Taylor Swift I absolutely, cannot stand. I write this from the depths of an undisclosed location to avoid the songs “89-ers” will most definitely write about my awfulness. I’ve previously expressed in other rants, part of being a writer is knowing everyone will disagree with you at some point and send you mailbox bombs.
To be very clear, I can be found on many an afternoon with my windows down studdering the lyrics to “Shake It Off.” It’s cloudy and cold out today and your period is nigh? No problem, throw on “Back to December” and shed a few tears behind a pair of shades. Taylor Swift is undoubtedly a hit factory and sticks to a formula that she knows well. The only time she reinvented herself is when she casually switched from country to pop music which was the best decision of her career.
It’s not to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy her music for the catchy jams they are, it’s Taylor Swift that makes my eye twitch and ulcer act up.
Being that the rest of the planet wants to crawl up her ass and be biffles with her and Selena, I thought I had a serious problem. Ironically, the only other person whose music I enjoy but personality I loathe is Kanye West. Needless to say, I didn’t feel quite as bad for that one. While her dancing is atrocious and shames white girls everywhere, it’s not that. It’s not even t the fact that she shares uncanny similarities to a Pixar villain:
Seriously, does no one else see this?!
It’s her smug, fucking attitude. In a recent article that’s now taking over the internet, Spotify was demanded by Miss Swift, to pull her entire new “1989” album from their site. Despite the massive appeal it had from the 16 million plays it received in the first month, it was yanked. In her rebuttal, she defends music as being art and that people should have to pay for art.
The reason for my Swift rage was because I have a hard time believing she would feel the same if she new to the music scene and not making money hand over fist. Of course I believe in people being paid for what they do regardless of the industry, but the exposure an “unknown” can gain from social media, word of mouth, YouTube, Spotify, etc. is invaluable. I know this to be true for the fact that I write to you and let you read for free. I suppose I could get Swifty and start charging my readers for but I don’t exactly have the fan base required to do that. The solace I have knowing there are even people who want to hear what I have to say and come back to hear more is plenty for the time being.
The music industry has changed indefinitely from the business it once was. The way we hear music, buy it, sell it, immerse ourselves in it is changing and websites like Spotify make it possible to sustain that change.
Arguably, the last true rock band of our generation is the Foo Fighters. Everything they breathe, eat, drink and sweat is music to their Foo-ey cores. They stand for what’s true to them and what’s true to fans of music, no matter the genre. To know I’m not alone in my opinions was all the reassurance I needed that sometimes, it’s just about the fucking music, Taylor.