Taylor Swift Explains Her Songwriting Process
Country music superstar Taylor Swift has revealed info about her personal process of writing emotion-rich songs that have brought her so much critical and commercial success.
The 23-year-old songstress, who is renowned for pouring the ups and downs of her love life in her music, talked about her method of writing a song in a recent interview for CBS show 60 Minutes.
She explained that the reason behind her frequent infusion of personal experiences in her songs is that it allows the listener to relate to them.
"My songs are always inspired by emotions. I break down emotions into like 50 million categories and one big category is sadness," Swift told the show's hostess Lesley Stahl.
Despite her young age and just a few years of dating, the "I Knew You Were Trouble" crooner claims that she has faced many different varieties of sadness. When asked to elaborate that point, she answered: "There's the missing-him kind of sadness. There's the frustrated-and-confused, don't-know-why-it-ended kind of sadness."
She continued: "There's the I know we can't be together but I miss you right now, there's the sadness tinged with anger, there's the sadness that has guilt with it, there's the sadness that has a little bit of hope that he'll come back. That's why emotions are so beautiful to write about because they all sound so different to me."
While the failure of her past relationships meant that she always had enough of the sadness required to fuel her music career, she may have to deal with that particular emotion's shortage the next time she picks up a pen and paper. This is because she is purportedly very happy with her current "One Direction" boyfriend Harry Styles and the two have been spending a lot of time together.
Last week, they were twice snapped enjoying each other's company and although Styles in now back in the UK to spend Christmas with his family, it is thought that Swift's love (and music commitments) would bring him back to the States very soon.