“Everything Has Changed” for Taylor Swift

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Heloise Robertson

Jaydyn Akpengbe (‘22) and Caroline Metz (‘22) watch Taylor Swift’s first short film featuring the song “All Too Well” on Red (Taylor’s Version). This is Taylor’s first short film that she released and it highlights a ten-minute song that Swift re-wrote. The film talks about the beginning and end of a relationship, the pain people experience when a breakup happens, and how to heal afterward.

It is absolutely “Treacherous” if you have not yet listened to Taylor Swift’s most recent album, Red (Taylor’s Version). Filled with classics such as “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the album covers topics of heartbreak, love, romance, and much more.  

Taylor made the decision to rerecord this album, along with a previous one, because she felt it was important to send the message that artists are entitled to their own creations. The event that prompted this project was when Scooter Braun, an American media proprietor, sold her music to a private label, allowing him to profit from her music.  

Taylor fought against the copyright invasion by advocating that she will rerecord her music, finally releasing Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on April 9th, 2021, and Red (Taylor’s Version) on November 12th, 2021.  

Red (Taylor’s Version) is a masterpiece that every Webb community member should listen to; her two strongest songs “I Bet You Think About Me” and “All Too Well” are songs that are relatable to listeners because the lyrics are raw and personal.  

“I Bet You Think About Me”  

A “From The Vault” song, “I Bet You Think About Me” didn’t make the original 2012 Red album. The song features country artist Chris Stapleton in a very country-vibe song that brings back memories of pre-pop Taylor. Taylor released the music video directed by Blake Lively for this upbeat track on November 15th, and it is full of easter eggs that fans have enjoyed uncovering. 

The video starts off with the groom nervously practicing his vows in a stained bathroom window, and as he finishes, he sees his reflection turn into Taylor in her classic red dress. Shocked, he recognizes that her reflection is merely an illusion but continues to see her red silhouette throughout the monotone reception. 

As Chris Stapleton joins in for the chorus harmonies, the video shows Taylor standing by an untainted, five-tiered white wedding cake. Step by step, she begins to dismantle its exterior, knocking down the groom figurine, dabbing at its frosting, and finally clawing a chunk off, revealing its red velvet interior.  

The cake-destroying scene also mirrors the “Blank Space” music video from her 1989 album, in which she plays a betrayed girlfriend unleashing hell on her unfaithful boyfriend. The cake in that video is also white and bleeds red when she stabs a knife into its center.  

Not only is this video aesthetically pleasing, but it is also clear that each shot was meticulously planned and each detail intentionally put into place. The monotone white background brings out Taylor’s red which appears all over the wedding in the form of her dress and roses, catching the groom’s attention.  

She asserts, “I Bet You Think About Me” at your wedding, perhaps referencing a certain ex-boyfriend. Taylor wraps a red scarf around the bride, the same red scarf featured in “All Too Well” that Jake Gyllenhaal, her toxic ex-boyfriend, never returned.  

The video ends with Taylor fiercely performing the song with a vibrant red guitar as the wedding is illuminated with a red-tinted light. As the song plays, all the white objects turn red, from the gift boxes to the entire cake. Short clips flash across the screen and the groom is left standing in the bathroom; the entire video is merely a dream.  

Throughout this video, the iconic color red represents Taylor’s fury, passion, and strength. The video resonates with the audience as a reflection of losing someone you once loved, and how they may hauntingly fall back and forth out of your life.  

Taylor Swift has been creating music ever since 2006 with themes of relationships, heartbreak, and romance, all translated to her audience through the graceful melody and artfully written lyrics. Although she had committed so much time and effort into building a career of raw and relatable music, Scooter Braun still took ownership of her first six albums. They were “stolen” from her (considering they were completely her creation), so it is valuable to listen to her new albums that truly belong to her.  

“All Too Well” 

“All Too Well” is simply one of the most iconic songs in existence. The song describes Taylor’s heartbreak after her rumored relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal ended in 2010. While there are several other new songs “From The Vault” that Taylor released, “All Too Well” has the most impactful lyrics of any song on the album.  

In the original album, “All Too Well” was 5:27 minutes long. However, in “Taylor’s Version,” the length of the song is nearly doubled, now being 10:12 minutes long. Nevertheless, the length of the song does not diminish its impact as fans can relate to her personal lyrics.  

Fans across the nation and at Webb all have one thing in common: they agree that the lyrics of the bridge are the most impactful part of the song.  

Well, maybe we got lost in translation Maybe I asked for too much But maybe this thing was a masterpiece ‘Til you tore it all up Running scared, I was there I remember it all too well And you call me up again just to break me like a promise So casually cruel in the name of being honest I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here ‘Cause I remember it all, all, all”

Taylor also recently released “Taylor Swift- All Too Well: The Short Film,” featuring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. The film illustrates a toxic relationship and how a one-sided relationship can be if someone is giving 100% while the other partner is not. Overall, “All Too Well” is a “roll the windows down blasting music from the car at night” song that every person must listen to.  

Taylor Swift had previously re-recorded her album Fearless. She named this Fearless (Taylor’s Version), with her name clearly labeled to have a distinction between her stolen music and her re-recorded songs.  

Taylor Swift has incredible music that is comforting to listen to because she touches on a multitude of topics that are emotional and vulnerable, something that only Taylor could convey so perfectly. It is important to remember that even though her music is consistently enjoyable, you should only listen to the “Taylor’s Versions” of her music to support her as an artist and to simultaneously boycott the unethical copyright infringement.