I was never officially a Swiftie. I was never a fan. But I started liking towards her catchy songs as she creates new songs after nee songs. One album that made me an official fan was her album, Folklore. It was created in the midst of pandemic during July 2020. While all of us are lamenting the days we are stuck at home and some privileges like going out & meeting up friends, are denied to us, Taylor Swift made us of that time to create a beautiful masterpiece of an album. I love almost all the tracks there. It is perfect for cuddle weather nights, barefoot on the cold floor, sipping some red wine or warm coco. She taught us a lesson in productivity. She made perfect use of the pause pandemic has given us by creating not only one but two albums in 2020. Not less than five months of the release of Folklore, Taylor release another album on December 2020 entitled Evermore. This girl has been busy! We have to take note that most of her songs are written by her with her storytelling style that takes a peek of the singer’s emotional experiences especially when it comes to love.
Now, Taylor Swift again making waves recently because she re-recorded her old album, Red. The re-recording venture is Swift’s countermeasure against the changed ownership of the masters to her first six studio albums. She re-recorded new versions of the songs in the album. The first one that was released was a 10-minute version of the song, “All Too Well”, which tickled people fancy for celebrity gossip because everyone knows Taylor is referring to her short-lived romance with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Not only did she made a new version of the song but she directed an awesome short film music video of the song. It was unbelievably beautiful and creative. It stars two amazing actors, Dylan O’Brien from The Maze & Sadi Sink from Stranger Things. Their chemistry is so electric! They are both so impressive! The Red album is purely an album for the brokenhearted. Watching the short film Taylor Swift directed bring you back to that old love you have, a favourite mistake of your youth, that broke your heart into pieces you don’t know if you will ever piece it back together again. (But good news, you will survive and heart will beat again.)
Taylor Swift has been known to create songs about her ex loves. She turns heartbreaks into art pieces and earns millions through it too. Talk about perfect example of Sublimation. Sublimation in psychology definition is a defense mechanism that involves channeling unwanted or unacceptable urges into an admissible or productive outlet. Taylor Swift is a good example of sublimation, a woman who went through a breakup channels her emotions into a lyrical music that tugs peoples’ hearts. Another examples of sublimations are a teen who has angry and violent urges may join his school’s wrestling team or an unhappy housewife who enrolled in a creative writing class and writes about happy children stories. Sublimation is one of my favourite mature defense mechanism from life’s stresses, a habit that should be practiced by most people.
Taylor Swift is a great role model for women of today that turns setbacks into triumph. This woman definitely knows how to create lemonade out of lemons… I have officially become a Swiftie!
Here is her 10-minute version “All Too Well”. Enjoy! Let me know what you think about it.