Taylor Swift is the cover model for Elle UK‘s big April music issue. In the issue, Taylor poses for a pictorial and offers an essay for readers on the things in pop music that most touch and inspire her.
Taylor reveals that two of her biggest inspirations in music are songs full of nostalgia for past times and lyrics that create images with small details that tell a bigger story. About nostalgia, Taylor writes
I’m highly biased, but I think that the way music can transport you back to a long forgotten memory is the closest sensation we have to traveling in time. To this day, when I hear “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks, I instantly recall the feeling of being twelve years old, sitting in a little wood paneled room in my family home in Pennsylvania … When I hear “I Write Sins Not Tragedies’” by Panic! At The Disco, I’m transported back to being sixteen and driving down the streets of Hendersonville, Tennessee …”
“I love preserving memories,” Taylor adds later in her piece, “like putting a picture frame around a feeling you once had. I like to use nostalgia as inspiration when I’m writing songs for the same reason I like to take photographs. I like to be able to remember the extremely good and extremely bad times.”
But details also matter for Taylor, both in the songs that she loves and in her own songwriting. About the importance of getting he smallest, personal details right, Taylor says
I want to remember the colour of the sweater, the temperature of the air, the creak of the floorboards, the time on the clock when your heart was stolen or shattered or healed or claimed forever … The fun challenge of writing a pop song is squeezing those evocative details into the catchiest melodic cadence you can possibly think of.”
You can read the full article here. We also have the ELLE UK cover and some images from her pictorial in the gallery below.
(Image sources: Elle UK, Tia Kepzona, MPMania, Brooklyn Baby and Taylor Swift Updates Twitter accounts)
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