Well, it finally happened. I’m not sure how, but I’m finally a Taylor Swift fan.
It took a long time for this to happen. I loved “Tim McGraw” when it first came out, but I was never a huge country fan so I just lumped Swifty into a group that I never really gave much thought. Over the years I’ve enjoyed belting out her songs, even if I felt ashamed while doing it, like it was a guilty pleasure of mine.
But why? Why did I feel so ashamed? Maybe it was because her fan base was younger than me. I felt like her personal escapades overshadowed her music and I couldn’t get behind someone who aired their dirty laundry so freely. I liked rock music, indie music… Taylor Swift isn’t something that fit into that. Since then, my musical tastes have gotten more varied and I can honestly say that I like all genres. I’m not trying to fit into any kind of image anymore.
After hearing “Shake It Off” yesterday (which if you haven’t heard it, you need to) something about her just clicked with me. I don’t know if that her album is named 1989 (the same year I was born) or that her new short hair-do is particularly adorable, but I realized that the grudge I held against TS was totally unfounded and unnecessary. With all of the other musical artists out there today, why shouldn’t I promote someone who isn’t baring her body and not afraid to dance around and look like an idiot? I know that’s what I would do, so why am I judging her for it?
For the first time ever, I went to the iTunes store and preordered her new CD. Sure, it doesn’t come out for another two months. But I’m a Spotify girl and since this song isn’t available there, I’m getting my hands on it pronto.
So, after 7 years I’m not afraid to say it: I’m Whitney. I’m 25. And I’m a Taylor Swift fan.
Judge me all you want.
I’m gonna shake it off.