I have said a lot of things about Taylor Swift that frankly, are not very nice. I’ve made fun of her sophomoric songs, her overacting at award ceremonies and even her flat live singing voice. I’m sorry I was so hard on her.
What brings about the change? Last nights Grammys. What a weird and wicked pile of dung. Usually, one of the few award shows I like, this was painful to watch. I guess I’m just getting old and turning into a curmudgeon.
Sure, there were some high points – Austin’s own, Gary Clark Jr did a great job. It was good to see Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and Merle Haggard still out there (although they all looked VERY tired.) Daft Punk was fun and P!nk continued to show how much more talented she is than most of the first ten rows of “stars.” I even enjoyed Pharrell’s freaky pick-a-nic basket ranger hat.
Lorde (Royals) was downright spooky and Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow) continues the decline of country music.
The entire show seemed more a political message than a celebration of music.
So what of Taylor Swift? For the first time since she burst onto the scene, Taylor won nothing! So what?
Well, I fear this may be a turning point for her. I hope that she will do the right thing and resist the call to “go nasty” as so many female artists do when record sales slip. She has enough money to last several lifetimes, but this fame creature is a mean one.
I regret the position that celebrity puts you in – when you win, you are a “spoiled brat” and “rich kid” When you lose, you are a “has been” and “washed up.” I wish her the best as she transitions to the next phase in her life and hope that she does so gracefully. I hope she makes the music her heart calls her to make and that the reaction of the public plays no role in how she feels about it.