Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Let me begin this by saying I am not a fan of Taylor Swift.
Before you all get your panties in a twist, let me explain. I don't dislike her altogether. It's nice to see a young musician coming across so graciously at award shows. And in a music world that is quickly becoming a world without pants (see Lady Gaga and Rihanna for proof) it's nice to see a girl with some friggin' clothes on.
I just don't like country music, and ultimately, I don't think she's a very good singer. But, to each their own taste.
However, in her new commercial promoting her album at Target stores, listen to Taylor's plug of her new record.
Naming names? Really? Isn't that... um... kind of rude of you?
Now of course there are tons of great songs about scorned lovers out there. Specifically, rumor has it that Alanis Morrisette's pissed off chick classic "You Oughta Know" was written about her ex Dave Coulier (yes, it's true-- Joey from Full House!!).
But what made the song great was how ambiguous it still was... you rocked out because you could relate, but there was also the mystery... did this really happen to Alanis? Is this just the stuff of a great writer's imagination? The mystery was part of the fun of it all.
T-Swizzle seems to have taken the imagination part of song writing completely out of the picture. So why is this coming across as more talented to her fans instead of less? Isn't it a little less than creative to speak only about the things that actually happen in your real life, without fictionalizing anything whatsoever for your songs?
And not for nothing, would you want to date someone who is willing to call you out in public if the relationship fails? I know, Taylor is young. But she sounds to me like someone who has a lot of growing up to do before she starts calling out other people's mistakes.
Of course, my 17 year old sister harshly disagrees with me. A big Swifty fan, she tells me it's nice to hear a girl sing about the things she's going through. I agree that realistic songs are one thing, but calling specific people out about personal events seems, well, a little bit bitchy to me.
The way I see it, naming names in song writing is just as mean spirited as mud slinging in a political campaign. Can't you talk about your love life without dragging a real person's reputation into it? We were all supposed to feel bad for Tay Tay when Kanye ruined her moment, but she can't cut Joe Jonas a break? You were kids and it didn't work out, sing about that issue, don't tell the world exactly what went down!
Check out this "cute" clip below where she mocks Joe with his doll. Not really a great example for your young fans of how to maturely handle a break up without gossip, Tay.
Can we say rude?
Does anyone else agree? Do you think Taylor's approach to songwriting is refreshing or rude?