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Look What You Made Me Do ~ song + music video review

Has Taylor Swift gone and become a completely new person, bitter and enraged by her exes, the media, and the ill treatment she has undergone — or is her new song commentary on all of the above (as in “Blank Space”)?

When I first got to the chorus of LWYMMD, I was appalled with Taylor’s new music style. The lyrics seemed to scream bitterness – as a friend of mine commented, when it came to harsh treatment from the media and people in her life, she didn’t seem to be able to “Shake It Off” anymore. The lyrics that shook me the most are probably, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh… because she’s dead.” The instagram post on which Taylor captioned, “There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation,” only seemed to confirm my fears. And then that music video starting with a zombie Taylor Swift… *shudders* It wasn’t looking good. But after following Taylor’s career for so long, and seeing her appear to lose that sweetness and enthusiasm she used to have, perhaps I was just too emotionally involved and that blinded me.

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Anna’s Favourites Day 2: Bleachers

I only have one album from this band, but I really love their music. This is another alternative music choice, of course. ūüėČ

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  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?¬†

My friend Dru sent me “I Wanna Get Better” probably close to two years ago, as one of her many ways of support. I instantly fell in love with the song, but didn’t listen to the entire album until probably almost a year later. I just really love their unique sound that’s so different from anything else I listen to – and the lyrics, as always.

2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?

I’ve only listened to¬†Strange Desire¬†so far. (I have this stubborn inclination to sometimes, never ever, listen to other albums of an artist, in fear that I won’t like their other music and I’ll feel that I can’t call them a favourite anymore.)

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Anna’s Favourites Day 1: Amber Run

Remember how I posted yesterday about the music challenge? Well, I’m starting that today.

Looking through all my music artists in iTunes who start with the letter A, I knew pretty quickly that Amber Run would easily be my favourite out of all of them.

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  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music? Which is my favourite album or EP?

I’m a big fan of alternative music because most pop(ular) music drives me nuts.¬†I’ve always had slightly different tastes that tend to be on the lines of… well, not of¬†the mainstream. Amber Run’s music has a calming effect on me without sending me off to sleep since it still has a beat. I also really love their lyrics – when I first discovered “For A Moment, I Was Lost,” I jumped on it immediately as being an album to which I could relate in its entirety. While that isn’t as true anymore, I still think the album is pretty amazing because the music is great and the lyrics are deep and meaningful.

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Anna’s Favourite Music 2017

I started a tradition on my Facebook page a couple years back wherein every spring or summer I post all my favourite songs. Usually, I sort the songs by my favourites with a certain letter of the alphabet or something of like kind. However I had a different idea ever since I finished up with last year’s round – and I knew this one would probably make much more sense if I posted it on a blog. So, without further ado, here’s how this year’s music thing is going to work.

I’m going to choose my top singer or band from one letter of the alphabet; if I have more than one favourite and I can’t bring myself to only choose one, then that will be a post for another day. Then with each singer or band, I’m going to attempt to answer these questions:

  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?
  2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?
  3. What is my favourite song from this artist?
  4. And then my favourite part — which songs best describes my past,¬†present, and future?

I know for at least a couple of the singers I’ll be featuring, there may be some songs that I can’t find on YouTube, so I’ll just provide their names so any of those interested can find them on iTunes themselves. If I manage to select only one artist, but have a few songs from other artists starting with that letter which I also love, I will feature those at the bottom of my post.

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(I’m not gone, I promise.)

I’ve got a bad cold, so it looks like it’s going to be a lazy day. Perfect time for a blog post, eh? I thought so, too.

Reading

I just finished reading¬†The Anatomy of Curiosity¬†by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. It’s a book that teaches writing by¬†showing¬†examples of writing, a technique of which I most heartily approve. I put this book on hold at the library because after reading¬†The Raven Cycle, I am absolutely spellbound by Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing has such magic to it, and she makes me fall in love with writing in a way that only my friend Gina (author of the recent The Rose and the Sword) has been able to do before.

This was such a great read not only because I got writing advice from my beloved Maggie (if I was born in the time of Homer, I’d probably offer sacrifices to beg her¬†to be my Muse), but because I discovered a new favourite – Brenna Yovanoff (now I have to go look for books she’s written). Not only was her story right up my alley (modern YA with a twist of the Gothic), but she showed her writing process in a very different way from Maggie and Tessa (just the short story with comments here and there). Brenna first told a story from her childhood of a drowning that stuck with her the rest of her life before showing the short story as well as a very different earlier draft. While I wasn’t a big fan of Tessa and her world-building, her story at least kept my interest. The book also had a few sections of words from the author s – for example,¬†how to gain ideas and the overwhelming doubt that plagues readers.

Anna’s rating: 5 stars (note to self: need to buy a copy of this book to have forever)

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