So I was in line at the grocery store and noticed Taylor Swift gracing the cover of several gossip magazines. I have enjoyed her music from time to time when I hear it, such as her hit ‘Today Was a Fairytale’ from the movie, Valentine’s Day (which she also starred in with her then almost-boyfriend, Twighlight star, Taylor Lautner). However, with the new headlines I’m seeing she has been brought into the Hollywood drama circle already. Poor girl, what are you doing?
I don’t mind celebrities using their love lives to write songs that are huge hits. What I don’t particularly like is that the ‘exes’ are either poorly kept ‘incognito’ in the music, or they are blatantly named as the ‘star’ of the sad song. I’m tired of seeing the headlines in the papers listing names of Taylor Swift’s previous beaus such as Joe Jonas. Their breakup (reportedly, he broke up with her over the phone) inspired her to write more than one song, including “Forever and Always” on her album, Fearless (she revealed this on the Ellen Degeneres Show). In an interview with Glamour she said, “I do write nice songs about the guys who are nice to me! Eventually, I’m sure one of them will write a response-that’s a pretty scary concept, actually! But I make sure I only write bad songs about the ones who deserve it.” Actually, Joe Jonas did write a response. It doesn’t take a lot of analyzing to know that the Jonas Brothers’ single “Much Better” was a punch thrown Taylor Swift. The lyrics are clear, “all the tears on her guitar, I’m not bitter. But now I see, Everything I’d ever need, Is the girl in front of me, She’s much better.” Hmm, could he be referencing now-girlfriend, lovely Camilla Bell? I sure think so. I also think it’s directly written in response to Swift’s song, ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’.
I love music, especially music about love and heartbreak – who doesn’t? They are some of the deepest emotions someone will feel in their lifetime. Though some of these songs are great hits and I enjoy them, it kind of ruins it for me when the singers come out and reveal the ‘who’s’ of the songs. Why not keep a little mystery? The way Hollywood has grown ‘down’ from it’s golden days to a now childish, drama-filled world is sad to me. And while I’m not boycotting any singers for their immature interviews, and ridiculous headlines in People Magazine, they still lose a tiny bit of credibility to me. I want the mystery back. I want to hear a song and wonder a little bit, what their story must be to inspire such great music. Perhaps even I know who’s broken their heart. But if the writer of the music is silent about it outside of their songs, it sure makes it more powerful. Taylor Swift should keep her personal life, outside her songs, on the quiet side. Let the music speak for itself.