It's 2007. My dad is driving me to school. He has the radio on, as always. And then some country song called "Our Song" comes on the radio.
I hate country music, but I cannot decide how I feel about this song.
A little while later, I see this video. It has the guy from One Tree Hill in it. I relatively liked it.
But I wasn't sold yet. I do remember seeing a magazine around this time with her picture on the cover. And I just stood there in the aisle of the supermarket for a few minutes staring at her. And I remember thinking, "She is the most beautiful lady I have ever seen."
But then more singles started coming out. She was gaining popularity.
And it seemed the more popular she got, she the more I started to feel repulsed by her.
Fearless was released and everyone went into a craze. "Love Story" was literally everywhere.
But then a series of events started to happen.
I felt horrible for her for the whole Kanye incident:
"You Belong With Me" became my mantra for my senior year of high school.
(Like, it was freaky how accurate it was.)
I fell in love with "Enchanted," which played during the trailer of The Vow.
Then "Back to December" grew on me and I broke down and bought Speak Now.
(Actually, thinking back...I don't think that's right. I think I had bought it for someone else or got it as a secret Santa or something and had it lying around unopened for a long time.)
So now, 1989 is out. I've listened through it several times.
I don't like it as much as Red, but I do appreciate how Taylor has embraced a new sound that feels more her, instead of trying to stay in the country mold but inevitably swaying into the land of pop. And, keeping up with the tradition that I don't like her songs when I first hear them, "Out of the Woods" has gone from annoying to I-can't-get-enough-of-it.
And though I don't always agree with the way she acts, I've learned not to judge her so harshly. I'm never going to agree 100% with the way anyone acts (except Emma Watson because she's clearly an angel from above) and I can't hold her against something she said when she was 18 because I said a whole lot of stupid things when I was 18. Public opinions should allow for personal growth. No one is ever going to stay exactly the way they were 5 years ago.
There are plenty of things that she does that I think is wonderful, like her obsession with cats or the way that even though she's become a pop-culture icon, she still seems like a human being. I don't like or agree with why she took all her albums off of Spotify, but I can respect her decision.
And even though I'm not a huge fan of her new songs, I love the way she makes fun of herself and the way the media portrays her in her two latest music videos.
She's changed a lot over the years and so has my opinion of her. But now, I'm pretty much to the point where I can say, I don't care if everyone else in the world loves her and I don't care if she's occasionally a terrible person--that song is pretty catchy.
And on a final note, I know most of you have seen this but it is impossible to get enough of it.
And for those who haven't seen it, it will change your life:
(the audio and video had to be slightly sped up to get around copyrights)
P.S. I'm a weird person and found out that Taylor Swift uses this lip pencil even though I have absolutely no intention to purchase it.