For as long as I can remember, I've always been very emotional about music, movies, plays, books, etc..... I am constantly accused of putting myself into whatever movie, song, story, etc. that I'm watching, listening to, reading, etc.
I must admit that I am guilty as charged and that I'm not even sure when this ‘offensive’ behavior started, but there is no way that I can stop it now....
It's an emotional epidemic that I actually take great pride in..... In fact, it's actually gotten worse with age..... Personally, I can't help but blame the Disney Princess movies.... the movie ‘Now and Then’.... the movie ‘A League of Their Own’.... The TV shows ‘Full House’, ‘Touched by an Angel’, ‘7th Heaven’, etc.....
Not to mention the incredible lyrical storytellers like Trisha Yearwood ("Katie was sitting on her old front porch, watching the chickens peck the ground"), Pam Tillis ("Everytime that you, walk in the room"), Faith Hill ("She has future plans and dreams at night. When they tell her life is hard she says that's alright. She's a Wild One"), Martina McBride ("Happy Girl"), Reba McEntire ("FANCY"), etc.
My husband tells me that I am by far the WORST mixed CD maker in the history of mixed CD's.... I just laugh it off, but in all honesty, I make my CD's based on how I am feeling at the time, not by the musical 'genre' or the artist. I admit it might be weird for someone to listen to my CD mix go from "Sugar, Sugar" to "Forgot About Dre", but that is their own problem. Both of those songs remind me of my 10th grade year and I like to listen to music that I LIKE!
I think that is one reason why I love the amazing music that Taylor Swift has written. I can find a way to relate to every single song she has written and I am personally so incredibly THANKFUL that she decided to sign with a record label that allowed her to be herself because in the process she has made me SO proud to be myself. Her songs brought me back to my music loving days and reminded me what it is like to be in love with LYRICS again!
Taylor Swift: You are an inspiration and I appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have had to make in order to share your lyrics with the world.
Looking forward to seeing you in April!
Kelly Swanson
PS - Your new song "22" made me so happy that I cried because I lost a student named Amanda Riley (Amanda Riley Foundation) to cancer in 2010 and it was horrific and terrifying and it left a big giant scar on my heart that will open at the most random moments.... BUT her basketball number was "22", she was born on November 22nd and it is the number for her foundation. The number 22 reminds me of her strength, love, beauty, faith and compassion for others. One of my happiest memories of Amanda was at your concert at the Gwinnett Arena in Atlanta, Ga. She was there and had the best time EVER. She passed away a few months later.... Whenever I hear the number 22 I think of her gorgeous smile, so to hear your song makes me want to act "22" every single day for the rest of my life. Thank you for the unexpected moment when the number 22 finally became happy again and not a complete tragedy…

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