Taylor Swift Is For Kids, Silly Old Rabbit

I find it embarrassing that adults are like, ‘Taylor Swift is very talented.’ She’s not. She might be cute, but she’s horrible. They have stylists who dress them, they make records with producers who play a chord into the computer and it all comes out the same…When you have computers doing it all for you…there’s no individuality. Singing isn’t always about being on key; it’s about emotionality.
— Chris Robinson

I think Chris is being a little unfair on Taylor by saying she has no talent (I think what he means is that her level of talent does not justify the fact that she sells a lot more records than The Black Crowes), but overall, I completely agree with the main point he is trying to get across.

And even more so, I also find it very odd whenever I come across an actual adult (i.e. not a 19 year old 'adult') who seems to genuinely like Taylor Swift's music. I just don't see how they are making a connection to music that is obviously not written for them. I'm always a bit skeptical of them, like maybe they think it will make them come across as being 'young at heart' when they say that they love her albums, that they just can't help themselves because she crafts perfect pop songs. Or maybe there is the appeal of being cutely ironic. To me, if just seems that every song of hers is an overly serious ode to the end of a not that serious relationship.

And that is fine… for her target audience. But come on adults, act like an adult. It doesn't mean you are an old timer just because the way you feel about life and relationships has lost its sugary sweetness. And besides, you have your own 'Taylor Swift equivalent' music from back when you were the age of what Taylor Swift's fan base should be. It is perfectly acceptable to fall back on the tween music from when you were a tween, as a way to reconnect with your younger self via annoyingly sticky melodies. But Taylor Swift is for people who are actually kids now, silly old rabbit.

And don't think you can change my mind by saying something like "you can't deny that she writes really catchy songs". Because 'Skinamarinky dinky dink' is catchy as hell too, but there is a reason why you will not find it in my iPod.

PS - I don't actually feel 'strongly' about this, I just always find it odd when an adult says that they like Taylor Swift's music. Overall, I'm still a firm believer of 'like what you like'. I just might not understand it.

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