Taylor Swift and the Work of Songwriting

  title={Taylor Swift and the Work of Songwriting},
  author={Nate Sloan},
  journal={Contemporary Music Review},
  pages={11 - 26}
  • N. Sloan
  • Published 2 January 2021
  • Art
  • Contemporary Music Review
In her 2016 speech accepting the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 1989, Taylor Swift gave a message directed at any young women who were watching: ‘focus on the work’. Taking Swift’s emphasis on ‘the work’ as a guide, this article surveys Swift’s changing compositional techniques and her reception as a songwriter over the course of her career. Though one of the most-discussed figures in popular culture, there exists little analysis of the musical works that remain the fulcrum of Swift’s… 

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