I sat down to do a little "Neflix and Veg" today and I came across Taylor Swift's new documentary "Miss Americana - Taylor Swift". I can't recommend this highly enough.
I won't bore you with deep thoughts about why I like it so much. Suffice it to say, the documentary is honest, open, touching, and enlightening. This is coming from a 57 year old who has watched Taylor's career through the years from afar.
Not that it matters, but I have shared some not so kind remarks on my private FaceBook page about her pitch in her younger years. I stand by those statements because at the time, her voice was not the traditional sounding voice of a recording artist. And quite frankly, her pitch in live performances was not always perfect. However, I could have kept the comments to myself. Her voice is STRONG now. Her pitch is normally RIGHT ON now. Her voice has rich tones and is BETTER now. And she has GROWN as an artist in many other ways. She has always deserved to be in the thick of the music industry for many reasons.
Taylor has truly always impressed me as a straight up brilliant person and prolifically genius songwriter. I always recognized that even at a young age, Taylor navigated the cut-throat business of show with more grace than performers senior to her. I always believed she was the smartest person in the room when it came to her work, her image, her talent, and the trends of the music industry as a whole.
Not that this is an excuse, but my pitch comments were just out of frustration. As a person who always wanted her to do her best so that no one would pick on her, I wanted her voice to be as perfect as the songs she writes. And why? What did it matter? Taylor was doing fine, thank you very much. She never needed my maternal attention nor my sideways comments. I'm just an old woman who never spent money on actually buying her music. I enjoyed the hell out of it and still do, but did I shell out any money for it? No. I was never part of her intended audience. But you know what, I do believe I'm going to change that this year. Watching her grow as an artist and especially watching her contribute to her industry and her Country in VERY brave ways, I believe I will download her collection of songs and albums.......AFTER she wins her fight with her previous recording label.
I support TAYLOR! She is all that.....and a bag of guitar picks.
I also believed, and still do, that she was a big reason that Country Music sales are so large today. She brought the industry kicking and screaming to the youngest of fans that would not have listened if it wasn't for her work. Yes, her songs were more "Pop" than "traditional Country", but the industry as a whole would not have made the strides that it has in the last 10 years without Taylor. Yes, I said it, and it is very true.
Watch the documentary. You won't regret it.
Congratulations to Ms. Swift and all she has done for herself and for the world as a whole. She made her mark. And yes, it matters.
That is all.