Taylor Swift has opened up in a new essay for Elle, discussing how people are increasingly “seeking connection” with the music they listen to.
“I think, these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to,” Swift wrote.
“We like being confided in and hearing someone say ‘this is what I went through’ as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles.
“We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive.”
Swift also explained how she’s become renowned for her own personal songwriting, admitting that it helps her to “heal”.
“This glimpse into the artist’s story invites us to connect it to our own, and in the best case scenario, allows us the ability to assign that song to our memories,” she said.
“It’s this alliance between a song and our memories of the times it helped us heal, or made us cry, dance, or escape that truly stands the test of time. Just like a great book.”
Her lengthy thoughts come amid speculation that the follow-up to 2017’s Reputation could soon be on the way.