Taylor Swift has defined herself as a hopeless romantic for as long as anyone can remember. She has an amazing appetite for love and the idea of being in love. She imagines that when you say hello, Swift calls it magical and then comes the unexpected; that is when a hello turns into a goodbye. She writes that the same magic happens when you kiss someone, it too can turn to your last kiss.
It’s a bittersweet fascination she describes, this notion of love, but once you listen to her music, in an instant you know that the 22-year-old is a hopeless romantic.
She’s the expert that can bring this raw emotion to life. In other words, you feel it; men and women, no one is immune from its spell once she releases it from her voice to your ears.
Taylor Swift started writing at the age of 12—a “hobby,” she states—and admits that she writes when she feels intense feelings in her life. These intense feelings often spring up when she feels some sort of emotion connected to love. “It’s because we need music the most when we feel something intensely,” Taylor states to the same screaming crowed, playing a melody on her guitar. “The most intense times in your life are when you’re falling in love or losing it, don’t you think?”
You can hear Taylor’s enthrallment with love on her debut album, the self-titled “Taylor Swift”. From hits such as “Tim McGraw” to “Teardrops on My Guitar,” the storyline often revolves around an attraction to a boy, and the bittersweet feelings riled up with that first crush. A summer romance that ended as school began centers in the storyline of “Tim McGraw,” a bitter breakup carries the tune of “Picture to Burn” and a lifelong love ending with rocking chairs on a front porch tell the story in “Mary’s Song (Oh My My My).” Taylor’s view of love is innocent, a sparkling ideal that we all believe in at first, full of princess fairy-tales and grand gestures, with equally rocking emotions when it ends bitterly
It’s in Taylor Swift’s second album, Fearless, in which we hear a shift to a more realistic view of love. Taylor had gained some fame with this first album, and with fame comes the public eye. Her very public relationships, and breakups, seemed to play out through her music—from her promise to stay by her beau’s side in “Jump Then Fall,” to the sharpness of broken trust in “Forever and Always.” There is still an innocent feel to it all, in songs with happy endings such as “Love Story” and “Fearless”—but the listener can hear that love no longer has the shiny glittery appeal that Taylor first believed in. She experienced some heartache, and the taint of that ache is starting to be felt in this second album.
Her “Speak Now” Taylor Swift seems to accept that love isn’t necessarily defined in the box she had first placed it in. Her single, “Ours,” portrays this perfectly:
“So don’t you worry your pretty little mind /People throw rocks at things that shine, and life makes love look hard/The stakes are high, the waters rough, but this love is ours.”
From songs such as “Dear John” to “Back to December,” the older Taylor acknowledges that love isn’t a storybook ideal, but it’s something that can only be learned through experience. She continues to believe that amazing things happen in love—from sparks flying, to the initial rush of wondering “what if…?” when first seeing someone on the other side of the room.
This new view of love is far more realistic; love isn’t defined by what others say, but by what she experiences herself—a lesson we all eventually learn.
This is probably the most amazing thing about Taylor Swift—the ability to listen to these albums, and see how her view of love transformed. It’s something every person goes through, and that’s what makes the connection between Taylor and her fans even stronger. For every situation, many Swifties will joke, there’s a Taylor Swift song. And that’s what makes Taylor Swift’s star shine ever brighter.
When you peruse her career of heartbreaks she is just as honest with her fans as she is with herself. Swift has been linked to a few young men and some boys on the celebrity Hollywood dating scene. The list is diverse: Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and perhaps Will Anderson.
Her romantic missteps have become the basis for her music.
Presently, she is dating Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Perhaps for Taylor, Kennedy is what she’s been looking for. Her friends say they look great together and make a perfect couple.
But at 18, he’s almost four years younger than Taylor Swift.
Kennedy’s mother tragically passed earlier this year, which is a huge emotional load to deal with. All that, along with Taylors’s long history of dating, has caused observers to treat this budding love relationship with a less than serious tone.
But they may be wrong; the two have been getting very close as of late.
Perhaps it’s a little too early to talk about wedding bells and baby showers, but given the speed in which things are going now and the seriousness of the relationship already, don’t be too surprised if this time next year there is another major breakthrough in the relationship.