I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since she sang a duet on America’s Got Talent with contestant Julienne Irwin in 2007. That was over half my life ago. Since then I’ve listened to her albums countless times, memorized lyrics to almost all of her songs, and have been to three of her concerts. Through it all – the blown out of proportion drama, her style and music evolution, her recent radio silence – my love for her hasn’t wavered.
To me, Taylor is more than a beloved singer, songwriter, and performer. Though I’ve never met her (and believe me, I’ve dreamed) she feels like a friend. She has a song (or many) for every emotion I feel, from heartache to utter joy and when I’m in a mood I often say “if Taylor can’t fix it, no one can.” Her talent, depth feeling, and ability to portray emotions combine to make relatable and enjoyable albums that I’ve never been even slightly disappointed with.
That being said, I was more than a little nervous when she purged all of her social media and left us with only a snake as a hint. My first thought was that Taylor had been hacked but it quickly became obvious that it all had to do with her upcoming album. The first single (“Look What You Made Me Do:) from the album (Reputation) dropped on August 24 and at first, I wasn’t thrilled with it. It wasn’t a bad song, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s grown on me though, so much so that I screamed (with excitement) when it came on the radio during one of my drives.
On September 3 Taylor released another single titled “Ready For It”. Somehow I didn’t know about it until days after the fact but that didn’t stop me from freaking out when I heard the news. I freaked out even more when I listened to the song. Involuntarily my eyes widened and my jaw dropped. It. Is. So. Good. Every time I listen to it I have to be moving, whether dancing or doing my daily squats.
And now, I confidently say I am ready for the release of Taylor’s sixth studio album.