Confession time. In high school, I hated country music. Like with a passion. My friends absolutely loved country music. Anytime I would get in their car and that blasted nasally noise would be on, I would whine and complain until they changed the station. Finally, they turned me on to Taylor Swifts song Our Song.
I fell in love with Taylor Swifts' first album. I listened to it on repeat! Actually, I loved her first three albums. I couldn't get enough. And then things changed when her Red album came out. I had very very mixed reviews and stopped listening to her all together.
In my head Taylor Swift was a country music artist and that's how it was supposed to be. She made me love country music, so she had to keep singing it. I thought that because she had started singing more pop songs she was becoming a cop-out. She was trying to win over the younger generation with their love of pop music and ignoring all of the fans who loved her as a country music artist... basically me!
I had not listened to a single song of hers for nearly 3 years. I didn't buy any of her new albums or songs on iTunes, nothing, nada, zilch. I was mad at her for changing. But then I realized I was wrong.
Everybody changes, and she is certainly no different. I listened to Shake It Off over the weekend to try to make a new running playlist. I realized that I actually liked the song.
So she doesn't sing country music much anymore... If I had accepted T Swift as a musical singer and not a country music singer, I would have realized that her music was pretty cool all along. So now I have a lot of catching up to do!
Have you ever judged a musical artist?
What type of music do you listen to?