TALENT IS TALENT IS TALENT!

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I have come to the conclusion that whether you like or dislike the product, talent is talent and it always stands on its own.  This said, if you like controversy and endless metaphorical debate, you will love the new official music video by Taylor Swift of her song Blank Space.  (You can check it out on You-Tube.)

It’s no secret, I’ve posted it several times on this blog that I am a big fan of Taylor Swift.  I am totally out of range of her demographic target, supposedly out of sync with her music and basically disconnected from her culture.  But, But, But…this makes the point that talent is talent is talent and it stands on its own.  You don’t have to like the art of surrealist Salvador Dali but you have to admit he sure can draw a great drooling pocket watch.

Taylor Swift is excellent at just about everything she does and what she does is ENTERTAIN.  As such, she is a prolific writer, an adept musician, an exceptional stage performer and an incredibly astute businesswomen.  If you do not like the product her “machine” puts out, that’s okay.  But it is hard not to respect how well the machine functions.

Okay, back to the music video that started all this.  Trust me, if you begin watching it, it’s hard not to watch it all the way through, assuming you are familiar with Taylor Swift and, more importantly, her critics who regularly criticize her persistent lyrical focus on her not-so-successful dating life.  This video is a whole new side of her that heretofore hasn’t been exposed to this degree.  No, she doesn’t pull a Miley Cyrus and take her clothes off.  What she does is poke a little fun at herself…and a lot at her critics.

She has already noted in her other new song, Shake it Off, that there are always people who do not care for you—“haters” as she calls them.  And she advises that you simply have to accept that these people will always “hate hate hate.”  In the song Blank Space she goes further.  The entire song and video is about her haters and what they hate about her.  It’s simply great fun.  And what’s even more fun is all the debate that has already started about the video and will no doubt hashtag, facebook and tweet on for days to come.  Taylor Swift, meanwhile, will continue to sell her music at a record-setting pace.  Good for her.  BTW, did you know that all the proceeds from another song on her new album, Welcome to New York, will be dumped into the New York City School system.

Taylor Swift is 24 years old.  She has already won armfuls of the most prestigious music awards the industry has to offer.  She is the first artist to have three albums released in a row, each selling over one million copies in its first week.  What were you doing at 24?  Like I said, you don’t have to like the product but you can’t ignore the talent.
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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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