Taylor Swift; an icon, a legend, a story-teller and now a happy, care-free woman.
After Swift released her album reputation in November, there was a lot of hype about track number five, titled "Delicate." We all knew that this song was one of the biggest anticipations off of the record but what we didn't know was the meaning behind the song and after Swift released the music video for it at the iHeart Music Awards show, we now can all go to bed knowing that Ms. Swift is happy with life.
The video starts out with Taylor on the red carpet with a beautiful gown and of course, red lipstick. Her facial expressions at the beginning make it seem like she doesn't want to be there, same old same old things that she is sick and tired of. Being interviewed by hundreds of press people and paparazzi on her every move. Knowing Taylor, she is not a fan of all the press being on her all the time.
After she gets through all of the paparazzi and press, she is handed a note (Hold on tight! The note becomes important later on). Taylor is then seen walking through the hotel with hotel body guards surrounding her, almost like they are keeping her away from her fans and all of the other things around her. The next part of this video is a big shoutout to her fans, as she is shown taking a selfie with a group of girls, Taylor's face is lit up and happy as ever but is then ruined by the body guards who take her away from that. We all know that Taylor adores her fans more than anything in the world and they are the ones who keep her sane.
Taylor just wants to be able to connect with the people that keep her going and the media won't let her do that, because one wrong move and Taylor's reputation could be ruined, again. After being torn away from her fans, she's shown in a dressing room in front of mirror looking at herself wondering what she's doing wrong and why people need to treat her in ways she doesn't want to be treated. Now, for the part that made every Swiftie's heart explode with happiness, Taylor decides to be herself for once and makes goofy faces into the mirror but when other people walk into the room and she waves at them and they don't see her she finally realizes something. Looking into the mirror once again, she doesn't see her reflection and becomes invisible to the world.
After she realizes that she's become invisible to the world and everyone around her she starts to become herself and dances around the hotel like nobody is watching, with her facial expressions becoming happy once again.
After her dancing moments in the hotel, Taylor gets into the elevator with a woman and they are face-to-face with each other and the woman smiles at Taylor and this is the moment when Taylor think somebody finally notices her for being herself but in the end the woman was smiling at the mirror in the elevator fixing her lipstick and once again Taylor realizes that she's still invisible to everyone.
Taylor then gets caught up in the moment and finds herself in a subway station, still dancing around however she wants and without a care in the world, she gets on the subway, gets off and finds herself in an alley way dancing in the rain.
FEARLESS ERA ALERT!
Taylor is dancing in the rain. Now we all know how much Taylor enjoys dancing in the rain, ever since her first album she's had a thing for water. Now, this scene specifically screams out the Fearless era because of the line in the song "Fearless" that goes, "in a storm in my best dress, fearless." Swifties immediately got emotional, because that same dream that 12 year old Taylor had about dancing in the rain and being herself still exists 16 years later.
Going back to the video, you'll notice that Taylor looks the happiest in this part. She doesn't give a care in the world and doesn't care what anybody thinks of her because she has come to the point where she just wants to be herself and not succumb to what the media makes her out to be. The video ends with Taylor going to a dive bar (possibly on the East side?) This is where the note comes back into play, she goes into the bar looking for the guy who gave her the note. She gets into the bar, everyone is looking at her, but she ignores all of them looking for the one who likes her for her.
Once she sees who she's looking for (Joe?!) she realizes that she can just be herself with him and can let the rest of the world just pass her by.
Taylor's message in this video is truly beautiful. Something that no one has ever done in the music world, taking a song and making the meaning of it something that nobody expected out of her. She is truly done with what the media perceives her to be and has officially "cleaned" (1989 ERA!!) her reputation and can be herself once again.
Watch the official music video here:
Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain why and how this person is important to you.
At first, I had absolutely no idea who this person was when I was born. Blind and completely oblivious of who and what surrounded me, all I knew was that I was being held by a woman, tight in her warm arms. As I lay in her warmth, nice and cozy, I could feel a bond forming. When she stroked me lightly with her finger tips, I felt a spark, a spark of love flowing into my soul like an electric current. Even as young as being an infant, I knew she was the one, the one who would have impacted my life the most. My role model, my best friend, my mother.
My mother has always been the one I have looked up to, since the day I first laid in her arms. She's done everything she could do to become the successful woman she is today. I honestly have to say, she is the strongest and most independent woman I have ever met. She speaks out words as if she were the first lady of the united states. My mother's words truly inspire me. Sometimes I would wish that the world could hear her motivating words. She's taught me to go far with my life goals, to be successful and to be better than her. Her support is what has helped me keep on going & given me confidence to achieve my dreams.
My mother is a registered nurse and she would always tell me about her patients and the different types of medical problems they would have. Most of the time, I had no idea what she was talking about. We would end up sitting on the couch for 2 hours talking about diseases, disorders, and etc. Conversations like that have made me want to have a career in the medical field. Instead of helping humans though, I've always wanted to help animals. I've always had a huge love for animals. She never really was an animal person but she always told me to do whatever made me happy.
She's always been there for me in the best and worst situations. Whether I was sick with a fever or devastated about my dog's passing, she's always comforted me and made me feel better with her hugs and words. Friend's have always told me horrible stories about their mothers. Never would I have thought people could actually have so much hate and anger towards their parents. My feelings are the complete opposite. I love my mother with all my heart. Also, not to brag or anything, but I really think my mother is the best mother in the world.
The impact that my mother has made is obviously for my own good. I may not agree with her on certain things, probably because I am a teenager and hard headed, but in the end, It is all for the best. She does these things for a reason, not only because I am her daughter, but also her heart and soul. All she wants is the absolute best for me and she has done everything to make it possible. She is the best.
I agree that using your mother in this kind of prompt is a little cliche, but if you really believe she has had the most impact in your life, work to make your essay stick out from others. Here are some of my corrections/suggestions:
She speaks out words as if she is the First Lady of the United States .
She's taught me to go far with my life goals, to be successful, and to be a better person .
Unless you no longer have these conversations with your mother, I suggest putting the verbs in the following excerpt into the present tense, rather than the "would" tense:
My mother is a registered nurse and she always tells me about her patients and the different types of medical problems they have. Most of the time, I have no idea what she is talking about. We end up sitting on the couch for hours talking about diseases, disorders, etc. Conversations like that have made me want to pursue a career in the medical field.