Love and Music: “Style” by Taylor Swift


 

 

It’s time for the second installment in the “Love and Music” series!

 

Taylor Swift seemed like an appropriate choice as she recently won 8 Billboard Awards – without a doubt, this means she either has a great amount of influence on how many perceive love and relationships or she well captures the experiences and feelings such in a relatable way for a large number of people.

 

Personally, I’m not much of a fan, but my niece is obsessed with her and, consequently, I’ve listened to nearly every song a minimum of 500,000,000 times.  (at least, that’s what it feels like!)

 

Anyway, the song that I chose for this post is “Style” from the most recent 1989 album.  It seems immediately obvious to anyone who has listened to the song that it’s about a relationship that both parties know is no good.

 

Even though they both know that they can’t be together, they can’t seem to stay apart.  As the saying goes – like moths to a flame, there is an attraction that they know will simply end with them both getting burned.

 

Also, it has that sense of when things are good, they are really good, but when things are bad, they are really bad.

 

I will say that I was caught off guard by how cleverly this next point is made.  What I mean is that, even though the name of the song is “Style” and the choruses refer to James Dean/Natalie Wood archetypes (I bet that reference is way beyond most of Swift’s younger fans, lol), it’s saying more than just “we look so good together”.

 

It’s the idea that even though the two people in the song seem to complement each other perfectly – and they always will, in some ways, be classic and timeless – sometimes, it’s not enough. 

 

That’s because a reference to Rebel without a Cause implies something dysfunctional and destructive.  Part of what is so appealing about the relationship to the parties involved is the tragedy of how it will end, because they know it can’t last.

What do you think of these points?  Agree? Disagree?  Let me know what you think below!

 

Oh, and hey – if you like the song, don’t be a cheapskate, just buy it!  Get it here through Amazon (affiliate link ^_^)

 

~Michelle

 

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