Evermore- My First Impression πŸŒ±

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day eleven!

How are you all? Let me start off by saying sorry for not keeping up with blogmas- I literally had the most stressful week ever. However, I’m back now, and I think that I’ll be posting the days the I’ve missed anyway, just late. I had so many great ideas for blogmas, and I even started writing some of them. It’ll be a shame to let that all go to waste πŸ™‚ anyways, two days ago Taylor freaking Swift announced that her 9th studio album, “evermore”, would be out soon. WTH?? I think that I made it quite clear that I am a swiftie, so hearing that was insane to me! You can probably guess how excited I was.

Last time, when “folklore” came out, I live twitted my thoughts on the album. It was probably the best thing I could’ve done, as it was really cool going back and reading my first thoughts on the album. For example, I didn’t say too much about “august”, which ended up being my favorite song. It’s funny seeing my first impression of it. So I decided that today’s blogmas would be my first impression of the tracks of “evermore”! Then in a month or so I will post another blog, reacting and updating this one. I thought that I could be fun, so hopefully you will enjoy this as much ❀ But well, here we go! If you’re also a fan of taylor’s work, let me know your thoughts on the album in the comments below.

willow

Okay so first of all the music video is insanely good? Dude I literally teared up, I love how she kept the “folklore” vibe and references. The “invisible string” made me so happy, and I absolutely love how magical everything is. 10/10 no doubt. The music- holy cow.. she did it again. I really like the lyrics, and the music is so magical and mysterious. I read on twitter that someone said that this song kinda reminded them of “I think he know“, and I totally agree! I also love how she went from “is it cool that I said all that” to “that’s my man”. Definitely loved this one <33 My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “show me the places where the others gave you scars” and “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night, rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”.

champagne problems

AHHH I think that so far this one is one of my favorite. I love the happy piano, along with the sad lyrics. I also read online that this song is about someone with mental illness, who had trouble committing to a marriage. That’s so sad! But any who, I don’t even know if that’s true- I just simply love the song. At first I thought that Taylor broke up with her boyfriend lmao but nah. So yes, I love this song so much. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “”this dorm was once a madhouse” I made a joke, “Well, it’s made for me””, “she would’ve made such a lovely bride, what a shame she’s fucked in the head” and “you won’t remember all my champagne problems”.

gold rush

I like “gold rush” as well, but it ain’t my favorite. I love how she says the word “folklore” in it, and I love the lyrics ’cause they’re incredible as always. I feel like this song would be a good one to clean my room and do my chores to? Just because it has a good beat, but also it’s soft so it won’t distract me from my work. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush” and “my mind turns your life into folklore”.

’tis the damn season

So I haven’t listened to this enough to say that this is my favorite song or anything, but I do think that it’s quite cool. I love the title, especially considering the fact that this song came out during December. The lyrics also hit close to home, and now listening and hearing them is kind of making me sad in a good way lol. This song for some reason reminds me of “illicit affairs“, maybe because of the lyrics and the vibe. I need to listen to this more before I can have more of an opinion on the song πŸ™‚ My favorite lyrics from the song at the moment are “and wonder about the only soul who can tell which smiles I’m fakin'”, “the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own” and “to leave the warmest bed I’ve ever known”.

tolerate it

I actually only listen to this song about one or two times, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it yet. I know that since it’s track number five, it means a lot to Taylor and it’s quite emotional. And well after going over the lyrics again, it really is! I love the lyrics so much, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before I can fully express my love to it. My favorite lines from this songs are “I notice everything you do or don’t do”, “use my best colors for your portrait”, “I know my love should be celebrated” and lastly “I sit and watch you”.

no body, no crime

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH. I love true crime and I listen to so many podcasts about it daily. So I was super excited when I heard the song. I love the storyline, the lyrics, the music, the vibe, the background vocals, EVERYTHING. Truly. It’s so amazing and viby and I enjoyed listening to it all day today during a car ride. I love it. My favorite lines from the song are “I’ve cleaned enough houses to know how to cover up a scene, good thing Este’s sister’s gonna swear she was with me”, “(She was with me, dude)” and “they think she did it, but they just can’t prove it, she thinks I did it, but she just can’t prove it”.

Happiness

Again, this one isn’t one that I’ve listened to too many times. What I do remember from the times that I’ve heard it is that it’s really sad! I definitely will be listening to it a few more times for the next blog, reacting to this one. My favorite line from the song is “There’ll be happiness after you, but there was happiness because of you”.

dorothea

So I haven’t listen to this one as much as well (lmao I really need to work on that, don’t I) but people assume that this song is written from the “’tis the damn season” speaker’s lover. So it sound really cool. I kind of like it so far, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before making up an opinion about it. My favorite lines from the song are “but are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers?” and “you got shiny friends since you left town”.

coney island and ivy

So “coney island”, along with “ivy”, are the songs that I’ve listen to the least. Like, I don’t even have favorite lines or lyrics at the moment- I can’t even remember any! I’ll definitely have to listen to both of them more times before forming any opinion about them.

cowboy like me

I actually kind of expected this one to be similar to the song “betty” from “folklore”, but honestly I don’t really see it now. I need to listen to it more, but I like the storyline and I feel like I’d love this person’s point of view once I get to know them. My favorite line from this song at the moment is “takes one to know one, you’re a cowboy like me”.

long story short

So I actually listen to this one a few more times then the rest of the songs! When I first heard it I thought that this was another song from August’s point of view, because the music at the beginning really reminded me of the music at the beginning of “august”. The lyrics also made sense for it to be true. But Taylor said that there is not song from Betty/James/August’s point of view, so it’s not lol. But either way, I love this song so much, and I can already tell that I will love it even more. My favorite lines from this song at the moment are “long story short, it was a bad time” and “long story short, I survived”.

marjorie

So if you didn’t know, in “folklore” the 13th track was written about Taylor’s grandfather. So the 13th track in “evermore” is written about her grandmother. Honestly, this song hit really hard, it’s so beautiful and yet sad. It made me think a lot about my grandparents and my relationship with them. I love it, and will probably love it even more in the future. My favorite lines are “never be so politΠ΅, you forget your power. NevΠ΅r wield such power, you forget to be polite” and “I should’ve asked you questions”.

closure and evermore

So with both of these songs- I haven’t really decided what I think about them, I’ll have to listen to them over and over again. “closure” is sad, and relatable. “evermore” is also kind of sad I think, though I only listen to it once. It was weird for me hearing another Taylor and Bon Iver song, though it’s probably only because I’m not used to it yet. I currently don’t have favorite lines from either song.

THAT’S IT! This is today’s blog. It’s really long, so I’m super grateful if you choose to read all of it. I came back strong! lmao. But anyway, I really need to go to sleep. So let me know what you thought of the album if you’ve listened to it! What are your favorite songs? I hope that you’re taking a good care of yourself. See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! πŸ‚

-ocean girl

Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review πŸ™‚

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! πŸƒ

-ocean girl