Taylor Swift Has Songs for All Occasions

Taylor Swift has written over 230 songs. Her music is extremely varied, as we’ve discussed in previous articles on her reissued “Speak Now” album and her standalone songs. As a result, it tends to be hard for her fans to pick a “favorite Taylor song.” Instead, different songs tend to appeal to people at different times, depending on how they are feeling or what is happening in their lives. This fall, each of us has had her own “go to” Taylor list.

One of Kimberly’s recent favorites has been Clean from Swift’s “1989” album. Its lyrics are poetic and can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but for Kimberly the song is about letting go of worries and self-criticism that you’ve had for a long time and finally feeling free. She loves the feeling of peace in the melody and words of the refrain: “Rain came pouring down / When I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe / And by morning / Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean.” Kimberly finds a similar but more energetic sense of freedom in Out of The Woods, also from “1989.” Finally, when she wants to dance around the kitchen, Kimberly plays Bejeweled from Swift’s “Midnights” album. For Kimberly, who recently turned 55, the song is about being able to feel beautiful even as we age. The lyrics affirm: “Best believe I’m still bejeweled / When I walk in the room / I can still make the whole place shimmer” and include the funny line “I polish up real nice.”

Sofia, meanwhile, has been listening to Renegade, a song Swift co-wrote with Aaron Dessner and performed with indie band Big Red Machine. With its unusual rhythms and shifts in the melody, she feels it perfectly captures the mood of uncertainty in some relationships. As the refrain asks, “Is it really your anxiety / That stops you from giving me everything? / Or do you just not want to?” Sofia’s also listened a lot to Cruel Summer, the “Lover” track that Swift re-released as a single a few months ago. It makes a great song to run or exercise to. In addition, she’s been enjoying the innovative use of brass instruments that occurs in two other “Lover” tracks – It’s Nice to Have a Friend and False God.

Finally, both of us keep listening to “Midnights” track Maroon. It’s notable for the way Swift uses the deeper registers of her voice, as well as for a chorus that never feels repetitive because it’s a little different each time. It embodies the variety we love in her music overall.

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Kimberly Jackson is a longtime contributor to KOM’s Poetry Corner. Sofia Jackson, her daughter, is a longtime Taylor Swift fan and a rising junior in high school. Together they attended the 13th concert of Swift’s 2023 Eras Tour. They can be reached through Kimberly’s website.

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