Why Listening to Taylor Swift is Like My Musical Palate Cleanser
Do you ever get playlist fatigue? You know, when you look at your music library and, no matter how much you might each playlist or song in there, you have that same feeling as you do on those mornings when you wake up and feel like you have nothing to wear. Of course you have something, *many things* even, to wear, but you're just feeling a lack of satisfaction with everything hanging there in front of you. I, personally, experience this same phenomenon with my music.
I have a shit ton of playlists, at least one for each mood, if not multiple with minor variations. And each playlist usually has hours and hours worth of listening material. But every so often, there will be nothing satisfying on my 500+ song 6+ hour long favorites playlist that interests me in any way. I'll usually wallow away feeling frustrated and bored with my music for a day or two before I realize what I really want to listen to.
It is at this point, people, that I will put on my Taylor Swift playlist.
This is not something I normally admit to people in a public forum - Taylor is usually a secret that I admit only to my closest friends. You know why, there's a stigma around her and her music. She is definitely problematic, don't get me wrong on that one. I draw *many* an issue with her as a person, and even with the content of some of her music. None of these logical and tuned in observations and judgements, however, discount the fact that her music is catchy as hell.
I grew up on Taylor Swift, so her music definitely has the nostalgia factor going for it. And she grew with me - her music evolved as I (and my musical tastes) matured. She has a knack for reflecting the things and feelings that I'm sorting out as I deal with them.
She is also the only artist whose entire discography I not only possess, but also know by heart. I can sing along in sync with pretty much any Taylor Swift song. This is a useless skill, and a massive waste of brain space that could be used for memorizing more useful or impressive knowledge. But the subconscious wants what the subconscious wants. C'est la vie.
Maybe it is because of these various things that makes Taylor's music so familiar and even comforting, and therefore akin to a reset switch. She has a pop-y sound, but is in many ways somewhat genreless. I know the words to all of her songs so I can listen without listening, without paying attention, while at the same time recalling who I was when I first listened to all of her songs.
Of course, I listen to her intensively and all-consumingly for a day, a few days, or a week, and then I'll just sort of organically move back to Spotify and all of my "cool" playlists and more "adult" music taste. And Taylor Swift goes back to collecting dust in my barely touched iTunes account.