From the small town girl who only sang Country Music and who could occassionally be heard on Channel 815 or on 98.9fm; to the world renowned superstar who is on every popular radio station at least ten times a day, who has graced the cover of every famous magazine and who just had her second Australian Tour; Miss Taylor Swift, you sure have made a name for yourself and I must say, I am extremely impressed at your efforts.
As a loyal and loving Country Music fan though, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the whole thing. On one hand, I love the fact that she is now one of the worlds biggest superstars and that all of her hard work has finally paid off. On the other hand though, as embarrassing as it sounds, I can’t help but feel like the rest of the world has somewhat stolen one of my favourite artists from me. I feel like she belonged to the country fans first and now the big wide world of Pop has stolen her away, taking with it the biggest thing that I loved about her and the number one part of what drew me in all those years ago – that little bit of country.
Before all of this recent stardom her songs told a story, a different kind of story to the ones she tells now. Don’t get me wrong though, regardless of the genre in which she chooses to sing and regardless of which radio station plays her songs the most, she will always be a favourite of mine. I guess I’m just a little disappointed at how fast she fled the country scene.
All hope is far from lost though as I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she wanders back to her roots and again starts writing songs with just a touch more country spirit. After all, regardless of how many pop awards she may have won over the years, she’ll always be that country girl at heart.
Despite the obvious negatives I have just stated, there are definate positives to come out of this newfound stardom, not just for her country fans but her pop fans too. Tonight was the second concert of hers that I have been lucky enough to attend and it was far, far more impressive than her first. So although in most cases talent increases your popularity, it would seem that popularity can also profoundly increase your talents.
Not only did she sing more beautifully than ever before, but each and every song she performed tonight told us all a story, a story just like those very first few country songs that I fell head over heels in love with, all of those years ago.
So to the ever amazing Taylor Swift, all I can say is it was enchanting to meet you.