Okay, she’s no Carrie Underwood as far as powerful voices go, but Taylor Swift keeps growing on me. I don’t know the first single very well, When You Think Tim McGraw, but I love those songs that play on how intricately our favorite entertainment tends to weave into our lives. When Our Song came out, I knew I loved her. And now she’s done it again with Love Story.
This isn’t the Love Story that I’ve only heard about that made one entire generation of women weep every time they heard the song on the radio. This is the happy kind, the stuff of Disney movies. And I love it. Although, I think it’s probably one of those that will resonate with me differently than most normal people.
People like to say this kind of love doesn’t really happen. That stories and songs like this give girls the wrong expectations for life and marriage. But there are people who stay married forever. So no matter what the statistics against it, no matter what trouble may come – I still believe. I no longer think that Ever After is simply something you decide on faith and that as long as you work for it perfectly, it will happen. Now I think it’s partly luck as well. You are fortunate enough to keep fitting well together despite life’s ups and downs. Technically, you can’t possibly know if all those things will always work for you when you’re first in love. But because they sometimes do, I still think there’s a permanent place for songs like this. And I love Taylor for writing it.
My favorite thing about Taylor Swift, though, is the way she ended her awards speech when she won for best new artist. She was living a dream, and she knew it. And she was appropriately grateful. But her response made her so relatable to the rest of the world.
“This is definitely the highlight of my senior year.”