Taylor Swift’s “Mean”
To me, Taylor Swift is a very rare celebrity. Not only does she write her own music, but
she also performs it for her fans. However, to be this kind of celebrity, you must have some
pretty good inspiration. For Taylor, her musical influences come from people she has in her
everyday life. Whether it’s a boyfriend, family member, an enemy, or even just a friend, all of
her artistic choices come from those things. Her music mainly has to deal with situations she’s
going through. Therefore, I feel like her songs are trying to get a cross a big message to the
For example, there was a song Taylor wrote for her Speak Now album called “Mean”.
That song was one that really sticks out to me when asked what songs I know that are trying to
send a message to the listeners. It sticks out to me because it’s actually sending a big message to
anyone that listens to it (young or old) that bullying is wrong and should be stopped. The ...view middle of the document...
society today, there is so much pressure to be cool and skinny and wear nice clothes when in
reality, none of that matters. What matters is how you treat people and what you do with your
life and that’s what this song is saying. What Taylor is trying to get across is that you don’t have
to wear nice clothes and fit in to go far in life.
The intended audience for this song is most likely teenagers, whether they’re boys or
girls. I think this because your teenage years are the times when someone is most likely to get
bullied the most. Therefore, I think that’s who the intended audience is because from stories
Taylor has told the media she’s been though a lot of people being mean to her for no reason. So,
she knows what these young boys and girls are going through and how big of an effect someone
being mean to them can have on their lives at such a young age.
In a way, I can really compare Taylor Swift to Beethoven. Even though Taylor isn’t
becoming deaf during her musical career or composing the same style of music as Beethoven
did, they both have ambition that you don’t see in a lot of other people. Beethoven kept on with
his music even though he was going though one of the worst things a composer can imagine. He
wanted to keep trying and moving forward and I feel that Taylor is the same way. She had so
many hardships on her way to being a celebrity. But, no matter what path she crossed, she kept
going and never gave up, just like Beethoven.
What makes this piece stand out in its genre is that not only is it a country song, but it
could also be considered a pop song. A couple years ago when this song came out, you didn’t
hear a lot of that but now it is becoming a more popular genre. I selected this piece because it
really does communicate a big message; especially in today’s society where being mean is such a
big thing. I feel that the piece gives hope to anyone being bullied that they are still going to go
far in life and shouldn’t let a bully’s opinion affect their lives in any way, shape, or form.
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