Swift Talent


Shannan O’Neil, Reporter

If you listen to Selena Gomez, you probably think metal music is awful. If you listen to metal, you probably want to scratch Selena Gomez’ eyes out. If you like rap, you probably hate country music. And if you like country music, well you’re probably sitting back and not caring what people think. But one thing I learned about life is that no matter what, people are going to throw harsh words at success.

I’ve been to plenty of concerts: The Backstreet Boys twice; Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj; Paramore and New Found Glory; Weezer and Blink-182; Thrice and Brand New; Warped Tour 2009; and last but definitely not least Taylor Swift… three times. Out of each and every one of these concerts, I have to say, I’ve never enjoyed watching, listening, and observing any other performer more than Taylor Swift.

I’ve been endlessly ridiculed for loving Taylor. I’ve been told that she’s an ugly troll, that all of her songs sound the same, that she writes songs like a first grader, and that she can’t sing to save her life. I don’t know about you but, I don’t know any first grader who can write a song about a gut-wrenching beak up and make her whole audience feel her emotion, or even have her entire audience sing along to every single song during every performance. If she was an ugly troll, she wouldn’t be a Cover Girl. If all of her songs sound the same, then why is each song about something different? If she writes songs like a first grader, her albums wouldn’t have all gone platinum. And if she can’t sing to save her life, then why has every one of her concerts sold out within 5 minutes or less?

All people are entitled to their opinions of course, but maybe the argument should be more realistic. Taylor has won 90 total awards since 2007 including “Artist of the Year”, “Album of the Year (2)”, “Entertainer of the Year (2”), and “Female Vocalist of the Year”. So, to say that she has no talent is absurd.

Sometimes the public argues that she shouldn’t call herself a country artist since her music is more mainstream pop. When Taylor was just 11, she moved to Tennessee in hopes to launch her Country Music career, and the lift off succeeded in 2006 when Taylor released her self-titled debut album. Her first single “Tim McGraw” was the definition of a country song. Taylor’s popularity soon influenced her writing to her own genre which made her widely successful.

Not only is she a superstar, but she’s her fans biggest fan. She spends hours of time with her fans before and after her concerts, she associates with them during her concerts, and she appreciates every second of applause from her fans. The crowd screams louder than anything you’ll ever hear, and Taylor recognizes every ounce of respect her fans have for her. Taylor, along with Paula Abdul, just won 2011’s “Best mannered.”

In October 2010, Taylor’s third Album “Speak Now” sold over a million copies in its first week. If she couldn’t sing, I don’t think she would have been able to do that…

Don’t judge Taylor Swift for being successful if you listen to music other people may not think is good. Taylor Swift has more talent than most artists, especially since she writes her own songs when most artists don’t. Her voice may not be exquisite enough for your taste, but she gets thousands of fans to sing along with her during all of her concerts. She can sell millions of copies of her album, she can sell out 95% of her concerts, and win 91 awards in 4 years. I don’t know many people who are capable of doing that.