In the new Netflix documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana , directed by Lana Wilson, Swift takes fans through her life as one of the best-selling artists in music history. It's an opportunity for Swift to tell the narrative already well-worn by the press but also to give fans a look at what has made her so successful. It's well-known about Swift that she writes her own songs.
These are some of the best of those moments. She plinks out the tune of the chorus on the piano, noting how the instrument makes the song take on a sadder tone. She enlists the help of Joel Little, a producer, and collaborator on the album, to generate the upbeat, drum-heavy sound. As the scene goes on, the words come together, more lyrics joining her initial ones. Her playing overlaps another setting, where she speaks about how important her own songwriting is for her, her career, and her fan base.
Swift reveals that the diagnosis woke her up to the things that are really important. For someone who had built a belief system on being good and well-liked, facing hatred from every direction was world-destroying for the singer. Swift credits a new love, in part, to her return to the public eye. Although she never says the name Joe Alwyn, he appears once in the film, and the two had opened up about their relationship well before its release. The excitement on both of their faces is evident as the two go through the bridge of the song.
The song produces loads of Bonnie-and-Clyde imagery between the narrator and the subject, and Swift and Antonoff create an entire scenario in their minds to find the words. Watching the interaction brings new meaning to the busy song as we watch Swift perform it on stage.
Later in the film, fans are also privy to the collaboration of Swift and Brendon Urie of Panic! The pair's interactions help to make the celebrity musicians seem more human, bringing to light that even celebrity musicians are, in fact, people, too. As Urie records his part of the track, the two discuss the song and the prospect of making a huge music video, to which neither of them is a stranger. The documentary takes us behind the scenes of this production as well.
Swift proves to have experience in having gender roles placed upon her. Swift describes the process of educating herself before she started to voice her opinions, like those conveyed in You Need to Calm Down , to millions of people. It is fitting, then, that the song that debuts in the film, Only the Young , is very politically charged.
It targets an audience of young voters, with the intent of convincing them not to give up hope over the current state of politics and that they have the ability to drive change and make a difference. In The Early Stages. Share Tweet Email 0. Related Topics Lists Miss Americana. Movie News Robert Downey Jr.