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My 1st Sweep for Kaylor Klues on Evermore

11 Dec

Here it is–easier to read!

Kaylor Evidence

I didn’t look at social media before I listened to the album for the express purpose of formulating my own options on the song meanings.

Willow;  Wherever you stray [my emphasis] I follow.  Wreck my plans.  Bait and Switch.  I’m wondering if part of this (the chorus? “Show me the places where the others gave you scars”) are sung from Karlie’s perspective.  Cut through like a knife.  Like you were a trouphy…  There was one prize I’d CHEAT to win.  I’ll meet you after dark.

Champagne Problems:   Bustlin’ crowds of sleeping cabs, don’t know which is worse.  Your heart was glass I dropped it.  Told your family for a reason, you couldn’t keep it in.  Your sister, now nobody’s celebrating.  Your midas touch.  Shame she’s stuck in her head.  I’m getting vibes that Karlie came out to her family, maybe friends, but Taylor was too hesitant and scared.  Love slipped beyond your reaches.  “I couldn’t give a reason”  I never was ready so I watched you go.  She would have made such a lovely bride… Something real instead.  I dropped your hand while dancin.

Gold Rush:  I think this might be Taylor’s first relationship where she wasn’t the obvious more publically desired partner.  Karlie had her own career, money, fans, and suitors.  What’s it like to grow up beautiful?  Everybody wants you.  Rose.  Turned you into folklore.  The coastal town we never found.  Sudden ending of song symbolizes the sudden ending of a relationship?

Tis the Damn Season:  I don’t think this is a Karlie song, but it does seem to be an ex from her hometown.  You can call me, babe, for the weekend.  The road not taken looks real good now and it always leads to you and my hometown.  So I’ll go back to L.A. The only soul who could tell which smiles I’m fakin’.  And the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own.  I’m leavin’.  Mud on your truck tires.

Tolerate It:  I think most of this song may be about Taylor’s dad?  But there’s still some Kaylor-like references here.  Use my best colors for your portrait.  I take your indescredtions all in good fun.  My love should be celebrated, but you tolerate it.  Took this dagger in me and removed it. 

No Body No Crime:  The switching pronouns/subjects may make this into a metaphor at the end.   I think this crime song morphs maybe more into the love triangle situation. And the lesson–everyone is somewhat guilty.

Happiness:  Above the trees, harkens back to “Seven.”  Showed you all of my hiding spots.  I haven’t met the new me yet.  They’ll be happiness after you.  There was happiness past the blood and bruise.  This song has a quiet rage.  “I can’t see facts through all my fury.”  This song shows how Taylor has matured, and she says “I can’t make it go away by making you a villian.”  Taylor is not going to write one of her favorite fuck you broken up songs.  She can sit with the sadness, heartbreak, and anger, without lashing out.  There is happiness in our history.  I woulda loved you for a lifetime.  Tell me when did your winning smile begin to look like a smirk?  Begin to look like weapons pointed at my deepest hurt.  Leave it all behind.  I can’t make it go away by making you a villian.  I guess It’s the price I pay for 7 years of heaven.  Pillow where you used to lay your head.  No one teaches you what to do when a good man hurts you and you know you hurt him too.   Leave it all behind–and there is happiness.

Dorothea:  Not about Karlie, but there are some similarities.  When we were younger.  A tiny screens the only places I see you now.  Stars in your eyes.  I think Taylor uses this line several times on this album to convey someone thirsty for fame or money or status.  And I think that’s why a song about an old relationship pops up here.  This girl’s hunger to get out of town and be famous, makes Taylor think of Karlie, who is always chasing a bigger, greater life.  Tired of bein’ known for who you know.  In magazines.  You’ll go on with the show.

Coney Island: Did I shatter you?  Where did my baby go?  Sorry for not making you my centerfold.  Colder and colder when the sun goes down.  You were too polite to leave me.  Sorry for not winning you an arcade ring over and over.  Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest gray?  But when I walked up to the podium, I forgot to say your name.  I think that I forgot to say your name over and over.

Ivy:  My pain fits in the palm of your freezin’ hand.  My house of stone.  I want to know the fatal flaw…cursed. opal eyes.  Your hand…  It’s been promised to another.  What would he do if he found us out?  He’s gonna burn this house to the ground.  Compares Karlie to ivy.  I lived and died.  Fire, it’s a violent blaze in the dark.  You started it.  So yeah, it’s a war, and you started it.  Now I’m covered in you.

Cowboy Like Me:  You asked me to dance, and I said dancin is a dangerous game.  Now I know I’m never gonna love again.  Takes one to know one.  Never wanted love, just a fancy car.  Tellin’ all the rich folks everything they wanna hear.  Eyes full of stars, hustlin’ for the good life.  Skeletons in both our CLOSETS.  I really did believe I was the one.  Before I locked it down.  Gardens of Babylon (Queer as Folk referenced this hedistic place by calling their main club, Babylon).  Never gonna love again.

Long Story Short:  Golden gates they once held the keys to.

Marjorie:  The same sentiment of keeping a person within yourself, after they’ve passed away, applies to break ups too.  “What died didn’t stay dead, you’re alive in my mind” 

Closure;  Pain.  It’s not all right.  It cut deep to know you, right to the bone.  I know that it’s over.  Don’t treat me like a situration that needs to be handled.  I can feel you smoothing me over.  It sounds a lot like my tears and my beards and my candles…  We know Taylor’s a WINE drinker.  I know I’m just a wrinkle in your new life, stayin’ friends would iron it out so nice.  As someone who always follows the rule to just end things when it ends, I agree strongly with Taylor not wanting to give Karlie a pass, and not try to be friends.  Reaching across the sea you put between you and me. 

Evermore:  I’ve been down since July.  Can’t remember what I used to fight for.  All it does is pause on the very moment all lost.  Sending signals to be double-crossed.  Can not think of the cost or the things that will be lost. Our shipped wrecked.  In the cracks of light, I dreamed of you.  It was real enough to get me through.

Taylor wrote a whole ass album to give us Kaylors closure.  We were, afterall, her biggest supporters all this time, awknowledging and embracing her true story.  I’m sad it’s over, because at one point TAylor and Karlie looked so happy together, but I’m glad Taylor told us definitively that it was real–she even gives us 7 years, and that it’s for sure over.

A Rainbows and Butterflies Obsession

21 Sep

But first, real quick: Ummm, when did WordPress become so user UNfriendly? Drafts are gone? I’m now having trouble uploading pictures. The auto-save didn’t work. I wrote this entire thing and it glitched at “publish” so irritating! It’s like the Myspace days, save your work elsewhere, lest lose it. Any tips?

 

And the topic at hand:

I am obsessed with Taylor Swift.  I have always liked her song-writing, and incorporation of personal details in lyrics (see so many blog posts that used her songs).  When I was driving almost 3 hours one way for all my IVF donor appointments, I must have listened to “Mean” and “Your Not Sorry” a billion times.  Her writing really touched my heart.  But I went away from her when Red came out–and was NOT available on Spotify.  Because how was I going to listen to the album without streaming?  That is also how I lost track of Adele also, who I think is super-talented and a wondrous singer.  But if you don’t allow streaming, I don’t have motivation to dig around.  And a lot was happening in Taylor Swift’s life and career at that time.  But once you’re out of the loop, it’s hard to get back in.  So I missed Red, 1989, and any Reputation stuff save for the music itself on the latter album.  I missed the dating, the clique, the feuds (except what was ubiquitous in pop-culture), and thus pretty much everything.

Brandi Carlile was my jam since, oh, 2010.  And I wish her music and everything still resonated with me now, as it had before.  I want to love it.  I wish I was still really into it.  I feel Brandi is an earnest person, with a good track record, and genuine concern about making the world better.  Her rock and folk albums were inspired, and even superseded some of The Indigo Girls’ work for me.  I like her (I guess her persona, because she makes you feel like you know her).  Her concerts are THE BEST.  And her actual singing is unmatched.  When she popped up on Zac Brown Band’s backing-vocals yesterday (listening to Spotify at work), I immediately knew it was her.

I am just not excited about this Americana direction she’s taking, dabbling in country, pandering to bullying, ect… to get Grammys.  I dutifully listen to the music she’s collaborating on, and really, really try to be a great fan.  But it’s not organically happening for me.  I can appreciate the work, I like it ok.  But my fandom is not what it used to be–and that’s disappointing.  It’s not over.  And I hope Brandi’s next album will feature the twins more, still have those notes she can hit like no other, and reignite the spark for me again.

And this post is not about how there can only be one female artist.  Not at all.  No trading is going on here.  I like them all and have a place in my heart for all of them.  There obviously, can (and needs to be) ALL the women in music.  They can all be successful, it’s important to support that, and help it grow.  I’m just illustrating that there was kind of a hole there (in my fandom?)… Which is when butterflies were bandied about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love color, love flowers, butterflies, tye dye, kittens, glitter, and unicorns, all of those things.  Always have.  It’s nothing to do with anything, just what aesthetic I’m naturally drawn to, and what incites passion and enthusiasm in me.  So when the “Me” video came out, it was my LIFE.  It was as if Taylor Swift made a video specifically for me.  Even better that little clues (Easter eggs) were throughout.  I also watched Pop-Up Video and loved all the trivia and facts and behind-the-scenes.  Same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just like that I was hooked back in, trying to find the meanings and read the clues.  And when super-gay “You Need to Calm Down” came on to the scene–I was floored.  It was fun, it was bright. . .  It painted Taylor (we’re on a first name basis) as at least an advocate and at most, was a coming out party for bisexual.  And that led to Kaylor.  Which is an easy word to describe a possible love between Taylor and Karlie Kloss.

PS-I don’t know what shipper means, and I don’t really care for it (I’m not 12), but that is the language used amongst Swifties, a group I’m too old to be in.  Which needs to change.  I should not be excluded just because I’m in my 30’s and can’t get on to the cool lingo.  Taylor Swift is an artist I’ve followed for a long time, I’m interested in, and who’s music/career I’m really into right now.  So I’m taking age out of it and being a super-fan (but leaving out the parts not applicable to me).

 

A lot of things made sense to me about Taylor being with Karlie.  Especially when you see the looks, body language, and intimacy between them on YouTube.  I feel like I have insider information about the difference between what friendships look like vs more.   I also know about the coming out process.  And when the lyrics of her songs are dissected in a different way–it makes so much more sense.  I am impressed by how coded Taylor intentionally or unintentionally made her lyrics and videos and media.  Like, how detailed could such a busy person get?!  Color me impressed!  That’s my very favorite thing about Taylor’s work.  Also interesting:  The LGBT community has used codes (handkerchiefs, ear piercings, etc, etc) forever to remain secret at large but still identify each other.  Which un-ironically(?) can describe Taylor Swift’s whole thing.  And what’s it called? double entrande’ ? Karlie has a computer coding school for girls, I think?  Codes, all the codes!  So now I guess I’m obsessed with accumulating irrefutable evidence of their relationship ie, I guess “outing” Taylor.

 

 

 

 

 

Which isn’t cool, and something I, personally, hate.  But I’m not doing in a blackmail way or smarmy, or anything.  More in a–knowing the REAL inspiration behind songs lets you in on the secret and allows more authentic enjoyment of the material.  It’s a little like my obsession with Disappeared (Jaycee Lee Dugard, The McStays, Maura Murry, etc, etc…) and wondering what ever happened to that person. . .  I always think about scenarios, make theories, and comb the internet for clues.  But this is a little brighter, because it’s about a true, hidden love-not disappearance and death.  But same combing for clues, making theories.

(Another blog post about that later–it’s kinda it’s own thing)

I was super into every Lover video, lyric, and Easter egg.  And thrust back into Taylor’s world-though I have a daunting amount of research to catch up on just so I know what’s going on.  There is a lot of media attention, romance stories, break-ups, friendships, characters–it’s worse than studying Chaucer.

Even more exciting-is that Taylor Swift is known to stalk her fans, get to know them via social media, then INVITE THEM TO HER HOUSE TO MEET HER.  Instant fantasy.  You know how I always want to meet them.  Hopefully the tone of this blog, and any criticisms of Taylor’s work doesn’t preclude me from that.  I thought about erasing any trace of negativity just in case.  But the integrity of the blog comes first.  Any my authenticity is always primary.  Over time, feelings can evolve, as Taylor herself knows all about.  Those were my opinions with information I had at the time, so they stay.

What I’ve learned since I wrote (especially my Reputation review) then is that the album is OK as a stand-alone.  But what really expands the experience and gives it depth are the background stories, music videos, and especially the Easter eggs.  Which is why Reputation got kind of a mediocre review from me at first (which has changed with my Kaylor knowledge) and is waaaay better now.  That’s why the Kaylor truth is so important for Taylor Swift to share, and also why it’s important for me not to go erase the past.  That’s me and my story, and just like Taylor’s works, plays a part in future works.

So that’s what is happening with Me! (see what I did there>) and why I have been inspired to write (more, still not enough-time gets away) again.  And to especially make some songs.