❝ How many times do people want to make fun of [her] for writing a song about getting dumped? I’m sorry, that’s what you do as a songwriter … Wear your heart on your sleeve, then just write about it. Fuck ‘em. If I was young, I would be one of Taylor Swift’s conquests because I would stalk her.
Throughout all of the changes that have happened in my life, one of the priorities I’ve had is to never change the way I write songs and the reasons I write songs. I write songs to help me understand life a little more. I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it’s being sung in a chorus, and when I can write it in a verse.
❝ Any lingering idea that Swift’s a coffee shop performer on a big stage should be permanently crushed. She’s molded herself into a big-tent star – dancers, costume changes, theatrical set-ups, and plenty of stage left and stage right. Britney and Gaga should be looking over their shoulders.
❝ Taylor hated to lose. She would cry when she didn’t win a karaoke competition, and she was totally delighted when she finally won one. Taylor was a great performer, and when she won our local karaoke competition, she went on to perform before the main act, the Charlie Daniels Band, in front of around 2,000 people. She lit up when she went on stage. Taylor loved the adulation, Scott was Taylor’s biggest cheerleader, he was always there to pick her up if she got upset and he was a very smart guy.
❝ Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone’s game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach. Red [is] the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. Seeing Taylor on stage now is seeing….total commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. A true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.
When I was a little kid I spent so much time daydreaming, and I daydream mostly about what it would be like to stand on a big stage and sing the songs I wrote for a lot of people. That was the most popular daydream I had but something else that I used to dream about a lot when I was younger and in school is, I used to think that when you grow up there are no more mean kids, no more bullies, nobody picking on you. So I just think “I can’t wait to grow up, no one is ever going to be mean to you”. I genuinely thought that meanness is something that people outgrow. That’s no exactly true. No matter who you are, no matter what your job is, no matter where you are in life, no matter where you are in the world, there’s always gonna be somebody who picks on you. I just got out my banjo and started writing this song… -Taylor before playing Mean