Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It's Time for Taylor Swift to Grow Up

I am a fan of Taylor Swift. She's talented. I like her style. But it's time for her to grow up. She's played the mincing cutie pie who keeps getting hurt by mean boys long enough. If this schtick goes on much longer it's going to become trite. One could argue that it already is.

I think Red is a fantastic album. "Stay, Stay, Stay" is adorable. I get it. She's adorable. She keeps falling in love and she wants to talk about it. But she is 24. By now it's clear that girlfriend gets around. She needs to write songs that reflect more maturity and explore different themes or I will start to hate her. I know she can. This song featuring Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol shows us that she can be a bit more grown up and interesting, even if she can't help but play to the crowd with her glitter eyes. I know you can do it Taylor. Get some depth and move forward. It's time.

I love this song and this performance—Especially the chaste non-lower-body-touching hug from 37-year-old Gary Lightbody.


10 comments:

  1. If "growing up" means turning into the next Miley Cyrus (or Britney Spears or any number of other female singers (and actresses, actually)), then I am totally okay with Taylor Swift keeping things cute and clean. For some reason, it seems very hard in the music industry to play any part other than the virgin or the whore. I'd rather Swift stay on the cleaner side of things as long as possible!

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  2. I would never cite Miley Cyrus as an example of being mature or having depth. In fact, I mentioned this in another post I wrote today: http://www.babble.com/entertainment/jessa-duggar-chaste-courtship/

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    1. Just read that other post and REALLY enjoyed it. Thanks for clarifying!

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    2. Thanks for reading, Alanna!

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  3. I used to adore Taylor Swift. But I adore Tina Fey and Amy Poehler far, far more. I was forced to break up with Taylor when I realized she can dish it out but can't take it. At an awards show, Tina and Amy made a joke about how Taylor should avoid Michael J Foxs' son. Taylors response? "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women." Um, say WHAT? That was a JOKE! And all Taylor does is write nasty things about people who have wronged her! "She's an actress...but she's better known for the things that she does on the mattress" goes one of her songs. So, like I said, if you can dish it out but you can't take it, I lose respect for you. And yes, I realize I am lame for caring this much but I REALLY love Tina and Amy.

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    1. Yes, I read that and it bothered me too. She's headed down a road of being shallow, dumb, and vain. I hope she gets smarter soon.

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  4. Anonymous8:24 AM

    Wow. Well, there are certainly some very "interesting" attitudes towards female sexuality revealed in the subtexts of this post. I don't really know where to begin tbh.

    What's your problem with 'her glitter eyes'? I could understand if you were objecting to the miniscule hotpants, but to pick up on her eyes (presumably you think she should be blank-eyed and expressionless when she sings?) seems to be attacking her for something that is not being stated directly in the post, but instead passively aggressively alluded to....





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  5. My critique of Taylor Swift is drawn mostly from rhetorical analysis of her song lyrics, an archaic practice—to be sure—but one that I can't resist as my children play her songs often and I have a vested interest in the messages they hear.The gist of what I'm saying is that Taylor, at least her persona as represented by the songs she signs, is more self-aware than she lets on. She says, "I knew you were trouble," essentially. And yet she falls back on the wide-eyed naivete, "Rats, I'm broken-hearted again. Why does this always happen to little old me?" This theme has turned out some very good songs. I buy them. But soon she ought to be able to write songs about more diverse and interesting themes from a deeper perspective. My expectation and hope that Taylor Swift will exhibit more depth as an artist speaks to my confidence in her talent and to presume that I want her "blank-eyed" is a willful misunderstanding of my intent, which, incidentally, is how I would describe Taylor Swift's reaction to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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  6. I totally agree with this. I really love Taylor Swift, a lot, but her current themes are getting old. I think she can still stay clean and fun and awesome and also write music that appeals to more mature themes (where "more mature themes" does not mean the same thing that it usually does in the media...). I hope we see that in her next album!

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  7. Anonymous4:38 PM

    Amen. I was thinking the same thing while driving with my girls, their iPods shuffling in my speakers, and "22" was grating on my nerves. One thought was how I was finishing up my mission when I was 22 and life can have a lot more meaning than running around pretending you're still 16 (well, 16 plus alcohol) when you're 22. Also, that whole line about "make fun of our exes" really bugs. That's something I've never enjoyed because the truth about exes is YOU USED TO LOVE THEM. YOU CHOSE THEM. And they chose you, for a while. So all the bad things you say really reflect on you. This is something I have always felt and I have never enjoyed the ex-bashing activity (nor do I appreciate the husband-bashing that it seems to turn into for SOME women). But for poor Taylor, it's even worse. You know how you have a friend who bounces from bad relationship to bad relationship, and after three or four you're kind of thinking, "Do the math, sister--maybe the problem is YOU." Hmmm. Now that kind of self-reflection would be appropriate for a 24-year-old. THAT SAID, I'm just grateful she has kept her clothes on and her tongue in her mouth. --Jamie Melin

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