Album inspired by love
Written by Carissa Lucas
With her first single, “Mine,” off her new album already passing 1,000,000 downloads, fans can expect big things from Taylor Swift’s Speak Now. Released last week, the album was already in the number one spot on iTunes hours after it became available for purchasing.
Swift is known for using aspects of her life — especially relationships — as inspiration for her award-winning music. Many critics reason that her complete honesty is why fans all around the world have fallen in love with her songwriting.
Speak Now is no different, with songs seemingly dedicated to former beaus Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas and even John Mayer, who was reported to be with Swift when they collaborated on his song “Half of My Heart” in 2009.
Most Swift fans now know that “Dear John” is about Mayer, but it’s been reported recently that “The Story of Us,” a song about awkwardly avoiding a former flame at an awards show, is directed at him as well.
The song also seems to be a song of regret. She accuses “John” of taking advantage of her at a young age, and sings, “Don’t you think 19’s too young to be played by your dark twisted games when I loved you so? I should have known.”
The past two years were the inspiration for her latest album, including the now famous incident involving Kanye West at the 2009 Video Music Awards.
A year later, Swift performed “Innocent” at the 2010 Video Music Awards, and it’s no secret that the song was aimed at Kanye West as forgiveness for the 2009 VMA debacle. Swift shows maturity in “Innocent” as she readily proclaims, “You’re still an innocent.”
In a recent interview with People magazine, Swift admits that writing songs helps her get over things.
“Sometimes, when things impact you so intensely, it takes writing a song to get over them,” she said.
However, something she might not be completely over is her relationship with Lautner. While in the past we’ve heard heartfelt, sorrowful songs, we’ve never heard her directly apologize for anything. But that’s exactly what she does in “Back to December,” which is almost certainly about her relationship with Lautner. The pair dated for several months last year and reportedly split in December.
What better way to complete the album than with a couple of songs aimed at her ex, Joe Jonas?
Swift doesn’t disappoint with “Last Kiss,” which owns up to her missing him and the relationship. It is much more tender than the song off her last album devoted to Jonas, “Forever and Always.”
Another song, possibly about her relationship with Jonas, is “Better Than Revenge.” The song seems to be answering the Jonas Brothers song “Much Better,” which was said to be a song that proclaimed Camilla Belle, Joe’s girlfriend before Swift, was superior to Swift.
Fans won’t be disappointed by Speak Now. Arguably the most personal of her three albums, Swift delivers all kinds of emotion and shows that no one is off limits when it comes to writing songs. It is available on iTunes and in stores.