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What, you thought you were the only one who put together playlists of Taylor Swift songs? Miss Blondie kept up the chaos at midnight on Friday, a week before the release of her new album, Midnights. She did this by releasing three Apple Music playlists that put her songs into three different styles: Fountain Pen, Quill Pen,
and Glitter Gel Pen. She first talked about this idea at the Nashville Songwriter Awards last month, when she was given the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade award. Swift said at the time, “I’ve never talked about this in public before because, well, it’s dorky.” She went on to say that each category is named after the tool she imagines using to write a new song. It doesn’t matter if it’s cringe! Find out more about each of Swift’s categories and the songs she chose to represent them in the next section.
Taylor Swift’s songs from the Fountain Pen
Swift told Apple in a statement that this is where most of her lyrics fit. She said, “They’re modern, personal stories are written like poetry about those times you remember so well that you can see, hear, and feel everything in screaming detail.” These songs are all about “brutally honest” confessions about love and loss, so yes, that red scarf is mentioned in one of them.
“False God,” “Cruel Summer,” “exile (featuring Bon Iver),” “the 1,” “betty,” “Marjorie,” “Lover,” “The Archer,” “Cornelia Street,” “”right where you left me,” “Treacherous,” “long story short,” “All Too Well (10 Minute Version),” “I Almost Do,” and “Holy Ground.”
Swift says that these songs make you feel “old-fashioned like you’re a poet writing a sonnet by candlelight in the 19th century.” In her speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, she said that these songs use “old-fashioned” language that would fit right in with a Charlotte Bront novel or a letter from Emily Dickinson’s great-grandmother. If you like Swift’s pandemic albums, Evermore and Folklore, you’re probably a fan of Quill Pen, because most of the songs on this playlist are from those sister albums.
Swift wrote songs such as “Red,” “Carolina,” “evermore” (with Bon Iver), “cowboy like me,” and “Sad Beautiful Tragic.”
Taylor Swift’s Glitter Gel Pen Songs:
Swift told Apple, “The lyrics of Glitter Gel Pen songs make you want to dance, sing, and throw glitter around the room.” “They tell you not to take yourself too seriously, which is something we all need to hear these days.” In her speech at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, she called this category “frivolous, carefree, and bouncy.” She compared it to “the drunk girl at the party who tells you in the bathroom that you look like an angel.”
Swift’s examples are “I Forgot That You Existed,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I belong to you,” “He probably knows,” “The London Boy,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “Jump and Fall,” “Today Was Like a Story,” “Hey Stephen” and “Afterglow.”
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