Saturday, February 26, 2011

T-Swift: Love to hate her

It is all over the gossip news sites and magazines. Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal, the chiseled chin hunk, have called it quits. Although it was relatively a short lived love

affair, knowing Taylor Swift who seems to always play the damsel in distress when it comes to love, its long enough to write a song about. I can see it now, her beloved fans waiting on the sidelines rooting for T-Swift to take her revenge out in pop-country lyrics and catchy sing-a-long tunes.

I would know, I’m one of them.

Many call Taylor Swift a great singer and an even better songwriter. She writes from her heart and pre-teen girls to college women seem to relate to the everyday challenges this girl has to go through. She writes mostly of love lost and love gained but also friendships, teammates, and courage. As much as I love her, I have definitely ran into my fair share of T-swift haters and interes

tingly enough, to an extent I understand their disapproval.

Lets start off with the love interests. You have Joe Jonas who supposedly broke up with her over the phone in 27 seconds. Out came the song Always and Forever alluding to Joe’s promise of a love that was forever, don’t we get the picture girls? A good friend of mine said, “relationships either end up in heartbreak or marriage, and usually it’s the former.” Then you have Taylor Lautner, the hot hunk from the Twilightseries, who lip synched his own cover of Apologize signaling to T-Swift its to late to do so. Back to December was the apology song she wrote to him, but looks like its to late to do so since the album came out a year later. Afterwards, there was John Mayer, who surprisingly was not discovered until the end of the relationship by the song on her newest album Dear John which isn’t a pretty song. Then of course there was Jake Gyllenhaal, but what horrible thing can you write about Jake Gyllenahll, nothing right? I’m sure that won’t be the case.

Then there wasthat incident with Kanye West on the MTV VideoMusic Awards. Our girl T-Swift beat out Beyonce for best female video, but the haters weren’t going to have that. West probably said what all the haters felt about T-Swift. That she doesn’t deserve any of her accolades that she’s earned. Taylor Swift with the likes of Kenny Chesney and George Strait as winners of Entertainer of the Year or Album of the Year award at the 44th Annual CMAS??? That’s when people really started to hate Taylor, not the nice, sweet, Taylor Swift the person but T-Swift the brand. So you have the loyal fans that feel for the girl and then those who say she doesn’t deserve any pity for being interrupted for receiving an award. Not only that, he mentioned that she doesn’t deserve the award. Tell me how you would feel if someone took away the honor of what you deserved.

But its not about what she’s won or who she’s dated. It’s not about if you think she can sing or can’t hold a melody at all. Taylor Swift is a breath of fresh air, you know why? Because her songs are autobiographical which make them so relatable to a college woman like me. Yes, many artists write about their lives, but I’m not talking about them because I don’t relate to them. I don’t have my feelings put to lyrics by them. You can hate Taylor Swift for her pitchy voice, or her song material or the awards she doesn’t deserve. I understand. But don’t hate me for relating to her or encouraged by her to say what I want to say, no matter what the world says. I find her lyrics powerful and supportive when I’m feeling down. My problems don’t have to circle love, it could be about school or family. It’s the emotions I can feel from her lyrics that let me know I’m not alone, in this cold, dark world sometimes. She’s been through it too.

-Thu-Ha Truong

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