Saturday, March 2, 2019

Taylor Swift Reveals The Songs That Helped Her Heal After "Bad Breakups"


Taylor Swift. Elle UK
ELLE UK/ Quentin Jones
Never underestimate the power of music.
It's no secret that millions of Swifties around the world have connected with Taylor Swift's personal lyrics and infectious beats.
But as it turns out, the pop music superstar also has her fair share of artists that delivered impactful songs for herself.
While covering ELLE UK's Music Issue, the 29-year-old wrote an essay on the Power of Pop. Through her writing, Taylor revealed some of the artists and songs that got her through various stages of life.
"When I hear 'How to Save a Life' by The Fray, 'Breathe (2AM)' by Anna Nalick or 'The Story' by Brandi Carlile, I immediately flashback to being 17 and on tour for months on end," she explained to the publication. "When I'd get a day at home in between long stretches on the road sharing a van with my band and crew, I would spend my rare nights off painting alone with candles lit in my room—just being alone with those songs (Those are all from the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack. My commitment to that show truly knows no bounds)."
Taylor continued, "I'm convinced that 'You Learn' by Alanis Morissette, 'Put Your Records On' by Corinne Bailey Rae and 'Why' by Annie Lennox have actually healed my heart after bad breakups or let downs."
Can anyone else say relatable?!
Taylor Swift. Elle UK
ELLE UK/ Quentin Jones
The personal confessions come as rumors swirl that Taylor could be releasing her seventh studio album as early as March 1.
While the Grammy winner is staying mum, she playfully took to Instagram and addressed the speculation. "She just read all the theories," Taylor wrote on Instagram with a picture of her cat looking visibly shocked.
In her personal essay for ELLE UK, Taylor shared her perspective on what fans want from their favorite artists.
"I think these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to. We like being confided in and hearing someone say, ‘this is what I went through' as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles," Taylor explained. "We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive."
Taylor Swift. Elle UK
ELLE UK/ Quentin Jones
She continued, "This glimpse into the artist's story invites us to connect it to our own, and in the best case scenario, allows us the ability to assign that song to our memories. It's this alliance between a song and our memories of the times it helped us heal, or made us cry, dance, or escape that truly stands the test of time. Just like a great book."
And for those wondering what else is on Taylor's playlist, we're happy to share a glimpse into her musical tastes.
When she hears Panic! At the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," Taylor instantly goes back to being 16 and driving down the streets of Tennessee with her best friend Abigail.
As for the Dixie Chicks' classic single "Cowboy Take Me Away," Taylor can't help but travel back in time to when she was just launching her career.
"I instantly recall the feeling of being twelve years old, sitting in a little wood paneled room in my family home in Pennsylvania," she shared. "I'm clutching a guitar and learning to play the chords and sing the words at the same time, rehearsing for a gig at a coffee house."
How far she has come!
The April issue of ELLE UK is on sale everywhere March 7. 

Taylor Swift Reveals Her Top Breakup Songs That 'healed' Her Heart In The Past

Taylor Swift opened up about what makes a good breakup song in a recent essay. (Getty Images)
Taylor Swift has made some hit music after getting her heart broken over the years. However, the 29-year-old singer recently opened up about which songs and artist have helped her get through the difficult days.
Speaking in a recent essay for Elle U.K., the star opened up about the current state of pop music as well as her small playlist of breakup songs.
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“I’m convinced that ‘You Learn’ by Alanis Morissette, ‘Put Your Records On’ by Corinne Bailey Rae and ‘Why’ by Annie Lennox have actually healed my heart after bad breakups or letdowns,” she told Elle.
She continued: “I love writing songs because I love preserving memories, like putting a picture frame around a feeling you once had. I like to use nostalgia as inspiration when I’m writing songs for the same reason I like to take photographs. I like to be able to remember the extremely good and extremely bad times.”
The star also got candid about how she approaches modern audiences when it comes to writing hooks and songs.
"In modern pop, songs/bops/chunes including extremely personal details like ‘Kiki, do you love me’ and ‘Baby pull me closer in the backseat of your rover’ have been breaking through on the most global cultural level. This year on tour, I got to hear stadium crowds passionately sing along to a young woman from Cuba singing about 'Havana,'" Swift said, referencing Camila Cabello's hit song.
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As for her own autobiographical approach to music, Swift claims there’s a method to the madness.
“I think these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to. We like being confided in and hearing someone say, ‘this is what I went through” as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles.
“We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive,” she wrote.
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Fortunately, the star is not experiencing any heartbreak at the moment. She is reportedly still going strong with longtime boyfriend Joe Alweyn.

Was This Taylor Swift's Big Secret All Along?

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Earlier this week, fans suspected that Taylor Swift was dropping her seventh album thanks to a slew of cryptic Instagram posts. Though Swift read the fan theories (as confirmed by another Instagram pic starring her cat) the "Bad Blood" songstress was coy about whether fans could expect new music. Alas, Swift did have a surprise in the works: The pop star will grace the cover of Elle UK, and even wrote an epic essay on the power of music. Swift's aesthetic for her Elle UK photoshoot is worlds away from her moody Reputation era look. In the photoshoot for Elle, she's all pastel pinks and yellows, which is far more reminiscent of her 1989 days. While Reputation was certainly a pop album, it was more heavily influenced by rap and hip hop. (Her single "End Game," featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, was a big departure for the star in terms of sound.) 1989 drew most of its inspiration from hits of the '80s.
Swift's essay for Elle UK essay, titled "The Power of Pop," is a love letter to the songs that Swift listened to during pivotal moments in her life.
"When I hear 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' by Panic! At The Disco... 'How to Save a Life' by The Fray, 'Breathe (2AM)' by Anna Nalick or 'The Story' by Brandi Carlile, I immediately flash back to being 17 and on tour for months on end," the Cats actress wrote, per People. "I would spend my rare nights off painting alone with candles lit in my room — just being alone with those songs."
She added that she got over heartbreak with the help of some pop and rock queens.
"I’m convinced that ‘You Learn' by Alanis Morissette, 'Put Your Records On' by Corinne Bailey Rae and 'Why' by Annie Lennox have actually healed my heart after bad breakups or let downs."
For many people, it's Swift's music that helps them get through heartbreak. Will the artist drop new music for others to add to their own "getting over it" playlists soon? While that's up in the air, at least we have Swift's entire essay to look forward to when the April edition of Elle UK drops on newsstands March 7.

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