“I stay up too late
Got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say
That’s what people say

I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright

Cause the players gonna play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off

Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, Shake it off…”

-From Taylor Swift, Shake it Off

I love this song.  Seriously.  I do.

At first I hated it, and then yesterday I was watching CNN and they did a story about how Taylor Swift has sold an enormous amount of records and is actually a very savvy businesswoman. During this segment they were showing Shake it Off in the background.  I think it was at 0:46 in the song when a dancer twists and kicks in the air with gloriously poignant elegance and emotion that it struck me that I really, truly, deeply like this song (with the exception of the twerky dancing in a few shots*).  A lot (with a few exceptions*).  Ok, I actually love it*

It’s odd, because I sincerely thought this song was unoriginal, juvenile and reminiscent of a Gap commercial from the late 1990’s when I first saw it.  But then, somewhere between then and yesterday I have come to think that Taylor is a genius and that this song is fantastic* (this coming from someone who’s favorite composer is Ralph Vaughan Williams).  How did that happen?  Are there subliminal messages in this song?   Or, is it actually brilliant in it’s own way?  Does it take time to “get?”  Is that possible?  Perhaps it is…

Just think about the lyrics. They’re actually quite deep in their own right.  And, her attitude in the song is so confident and self-accepting that it’s a bit inspiring.  It’s like she’s sending a message to us: “I’m me.  Take or leave it, but I’m actually pretty fabulous and you actually are too.  So, just shake it off and be your amazing self…”   All that with a very catchy, upbeat tune, and Taylor’s blithe frame moving with a sharp grace and wit to emphasize her meaning.

Anyway, a while ago my husband and I bought a bottle of Taylor Swift’s fragrance, Wonderstruck (Elizabeth Arden 2011) at Target.  It was on clearance and we bought it as a joke. I thought it would be a funny thing to put on this blog.  Well, Ms. Swift had the last laugh again because I like Wonderstruck…

Wonderstruck, eau de parfum spray

Wonderstruck, eau de parfum spray


Ok.  So it’s a little cheap smelling, to be perfectly honest, but it’s also quite pleasant with it’s fruity, floral, vanilla sweetness.  Sure it’s a mainstream gourmand perfume, but it’s so warm, cheerful and honestly pretty that I would be lying for the sake of pretension if I didn’t admit that I enjoy wearing it (and other gourmands).

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I wore Wonderstruck today and listened to “Shake it Off” over and over again, and I’m left wondering why we have to hate Taylor.  Honestly, I would love to meet her in person someday to see if she’s actually as intelligent and nice as her image.  I would find it unsurprising if she’s actually a jerk, sadly, but it would be awesome if she’s not totally fake.  It would mean that she might be singing more than just words, which would make her much cooler and this song a lot more valuable and lovely….

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