Inspiration drives creativity…
My biggest inspiration is Taylor Swift.
By now, I know that’s starting to sound almost cliche, but it’s because she’s inspired so many people–and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But it’s strange how so many people think there is something wrong with that. Why is it so wrong to idolize someone for being kind, thoughtful, driven, successful, funny, focused, grounded… because they’re famous? I think it stems from a few things:
1. Because of their personal preference: They don’t like her, why should you?
2. Her voice is no match to the likes of Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood or Christina Aguilera.
3. She claims to be a country singer, but her songs aren’t “country”.
…among other things I’ve heard.
The first point (I think) can be labeled as “Justinbieberism” (ya, just made that up… it’s definitely not a thing). It’s crazy how much people hate him. And they use the term so loosely. “Hate”. Ugh. You can’t hate someone without good reason–and finding him annoying and cocky is not a good reason (Side note: I love Justin Bieber… GO CANADA!). But when someone says they love him or idolize him, the haters hate them too! I don’t get it.
Let’s say you like puzzles. Wouldn’t it be weird if someone who didn’t like puzzles came up to you and said they hated you because you liked puzzles? I’m pretty sure conversation would go, “Oh. I don’t like puzzles,” and end there. Same should go for Taylor. “Oh. I don’t like Taylor Swift.” The end. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and those who disagree shouldn’t fight them on it.
The second point is a huge topic of discussion when it comes to Taylor; her voice. She has never claimed to have a voice like the aforementioned singers. She has never claimed she’s never gone flat on a note or had consistently perfect performances. She is not perfect and she’d be the first to tell you that, (like in her song ‘Mean’: You have pointed out my flaws again, as if I don’t already see them) …but don’t expect her to come out and announce to the world that she had a tough performance! There’s the argument that “Well, she’s a singer. Singing is her job, shouldn’t she be perfect?” Singing is one of the many facets of Taylor’s job–she is an artist, and she’s damn good at it. Her voice is sweet, powerful and easily identifiable. Taylor works hard and challenges herself day in, day out (another reason why I find her so inspiring). Besides, I don’t think anyone can say they’re perfect at their jobs–and if you can, I think you lack accountability and self-awareness. Annnnddddd *manager hat comes off*.
Lastly, there’s the whole “She’s not country enough” thing.
If you can think of ten country artists, I bet you one of them would be Shania Twain. When Shania was sick of singing other peoples’ songs, she went off and wrote her own… with rock music producer Mutt Lange. When they presented their songs to her label, they were worried it was too different and not country enough. Ultimately, if it didn’t come out of Nashville, you were taking a big risk. And with that, Shania Twain became one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Genres evolve over time, and it’s people like Shania and Taylor who aren’t afraid to take risks that make these things happen. So next time you think Taylor Swift isn’t “country enough”, think of Shania Twain and what she did to change the face of country.
So. To sum up. I like Taylor Swift. She inspires me. She’s awesome. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
And no matter what happens, I’ll always be proud to say it.