Late night phone calls dwindle into silent nights, as you’re left wondering where it all went wrong. With each passing day, the cavern between you and your partner gradually expands, as emotional distance plagues your every interaction. Their eyes appear eerily unfamiliar, a remnant of the memories you once shared together. As you both grasp to a fading love, your relationship recedes into emptiness, a blank canvas washed of its brilliant colors.
If you’ve been in a relationship, you’ve likely been met with a plethora of these “champagne problems.” Taylor Swift is no stranger to heartbreak, as her relationships notoriously gripped every headline and media outlet. However, her unique brilliance does not arise from experience. There are only so many events one person can store in their memory. When Taylor writes, she inhabits a multitude of journeys and life experiences, encompassing universal truths within her elegant lyrics.
If you are currently enduring heartbreak, Taylor Swift is the only guaranteed remedy to mend your pain. She transports you in time, allowing you to relive the past with a fond distance, redefining your relationship with these painfully dear memories. She voices what you struggle to express; draws a finite line between then and now, and validates your every woe.
Taylor’s ability to heal arises from her immense emotional capacity. She internalizes the anguish and joy of a million people, and allows listeners to feel less alone in their struggle. Combined with her beautiful voice, brilliant writing, and sensational music, Taylor’s talent is capable of healing any shattered heart.
A very common theme in modern relationships includes the presence of anxiety preventing emotional connection and mutual growth. Big Red Machine and Taylor Swift’s recent collaboration, “Renegade,” perfectly captures this complex phenomena. In her sweet yet commanding voice, she sings “Are you really gonna talk about timing in times like these? And let all your damage, damage me.” Like, HOW CAN YOU NOT RELATE?! Every relationship and situationship falls apart due to “timing,” as people struggle to conquer their personal obstacles. This can result in toxic bonding, as one partner bears the brunt of their significant other’s emotional turbulence.
Let’s dig deeper into “Renegade,” where Taylor sings “Is it insensitive for me to say, get your shit together? So I can love you. Is it really your anxiety that stops you from giving me everything? Or do you just not want to?” This one hits my soul. Mental health and relationships are so delicately intertwined, and it’s difficult not to take things personally. Taylor perfectly encompasses this deeply nuanced push and pull, without villainizing either party. That’s what’s so tragic about this situation - there is no fault. The pain simply exists, despite our greatest efforts.
I could ramble on, analyzing the lyrical genius that is Taylor Swift, but that would probably bore you to tears. The only way to do justice to Taylor’s music is to listen to it yourself. Dim the lights, turn up the volume, and let the healing melodies lift your heart.
Written by: Brianna RauchmanInstagram: @briannarauchman