Taylor Swift is like the Kate Middleton of Nashville (just go with it), so the city is always bestowing her with plenty of songwriting awards and other accolades… and now they’ve allowed her to open her own music school! The Taylor Swift Education Center opened on Saturday (bit weird, but again, go with it) and is part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The whole thing cost a cool $4 million to create.
Here’s Taylor’s statement:
“I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today. It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.
“We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in. I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I’m yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A talking to students here and a songwriters discussion would be really fun to have at some point.”
Sweet. Look, I know it’s Taylor Swift and some people are gonna give her shit for this, but music education programs are seriously underfunded, so any contribution to that area is a good one. It’ll be great for local kids in the area, so go team!
October 14, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Taylor Swift tends to get a hard time about her boyfriend hopping and kiss-and-tell songwriting style, but no one really ever talks about the fact that she just chooses really shitty guys to date. Well, now Taylor’s talking about it. She knows she likes “shady” dudes and realises that it’s probably not the best direction to go in if she ever plans on having a lasting relationship.
“I think it needs to change. My friends tease me about the fact that if someone seems bad or shady or like they have a secret, I find them incredibly interesting.
“That’s just a phase I’ve been in lately. I don’t think this should be how I proceed in life. It’s important to be self-aware about these things because you don’t want to end up with that guy.”
“I haven’t been [in a relationship] in a long time. I’d like to think if you’re with the right person, you just feel great about things you’ve never felt great about before. At least that’s how I’ve heard it’s supposed to be. I wouldn’t know.
“Sometimes you know after two dates that you’re not the right fit. And sometimes you know you’re not the right fit, and you fall for it anyway. One thing I’ve learned that I’m proud of – drum roll, please – is when to walk away. I’ve had some short relationships because I know when to do that.”
Well, there ya go. Listen, most relationships when you’re young aren’t ones you’re gonna stay in for all that long. When you’re young, you’re discovering what you want and what you don’t, what you’ll put up with, etc. You’re also changing and getting to know yourself more, so of course that’s when some people do some serial dating. Still, if you recognise these things about yourself, maybe put that shit into practice, girl.
P.S. What’s happening with her hair in that pic?
October 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Jennifer
Say what you will about Taylor Swift‘s less than stellar songwriting abilities, but apparently the critics love her. This week, for the sixth time, she was named the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s songwriter and artist of the year for releasing 14 songs that hit the Top 30 between June 2012 and July 2013. Damn, girl!
Taylor is the youngest artist to win the award, and now holds the most titles over five time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. All of her awards are going to be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, in the Taylor Swift Education Center (which is a totally real thing that opens on October 12).
I wonder if someone bothered to call Taylor and tell her about this honour, because if it was only announced in a press release, she won’t have read it. Lolz.
October 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Listen, I’m not up my own ass, either, but if I was a performer, morbid curiosity would mean that I would have to look at shit people were saying about me in reviews, online, whatever. Sure, I’d probably get really mad and want to go on under a pseudonym to respond to my haters because they’re talking shit, but the point is, I would look. Wanting feedback on the work you’re doing doesn’t make you self-obsessed, it makes you human.
“You can be obsessed with the bad things people say and the good things, either way you’re obsessed with yourself and I’m not – you can become unhinged so easily,” Swift told Glamour magazine.
“Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism. So I distance myself, because I feel everything.
“The little I am exposed to hurts my feelings. The only things I can really control are my songs and my behavior. The rest? If I focused on it that would lead to insanity.”
Eh, I just don’t know if I buy it. I like TSwift and I think what she’s TRYING to say is right, I just don’t know that all that nobility talk is actually how things are in the real world. Maybe it is and I should give her more credit, but… eh.
October 1, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Taylor Swift appeared on New Girl as herself and now she’s taking on a very different role. She’ll play a pivotal role in the film adaptation of the classic young adult novel The Giver. For those of you familiar with the book, Ms. Swift was cast as Rosemary.
This is such weird casting to me. Almost as weird as Ben Affleck being Batman. This is a “serious project” starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Then again, Katie Holmes is in it, too, which kind of drags the project down to a less golden status.
I have no idea how anyone could turn this into a movie without losing the magic of the twist in the book. Not sure if I want to find out. It’s The Giver, you guys. It’s my childhood. You too?
September 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Taylor Swift has been out touring in support of her Red album for what seems like years and is actually… yeah, nearly a couple of years, now. It’s coming to a close soon, and as a gift to her fans, she’s released a behind-the-scenes tour video showing off some of the dates and many of the celebrity guests who have joined her on stage at some of her shows. From Jennifer Lopez to Cher Lloyd and Ellie Goulding, Taylor definitely has plenty of famous friends to call on, but here’s the question: do you care?
I like Taylor and I like that album. I haven’t listened to it much since it first came out, really, but I find her songs inoffensive little pop numbers and it could be a LOT worse. That being said, well… there isn’t really anything else to say. While I don’t mind Taylor, I don’t necessarily care enough to need a “behind-the-scenes” look at her tour when I didn’t even see the front-of-scenes bit – you know, the actual concerts. I suppose it’s great for the TaySwift fans, though.