Will Taylor Swift’s TTPD Be Equivalent to Joni Mitchell’s Blue?

Not initially all that well received by some men, it went on to be considered iconic

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I became a Joni Mitchell fan in my young teens. Her vulnerability and transparency about what she was feeling touched me on a visceral level. Her deeply personal songs somehow made it alright for me to be a sensitive young woman in a world that mostly didn’t support that. I didn’t have any loves or lovers at that stage of my life, but I still gravitated to Joni’s sense of herself, even in moments of pain.

In the past several years, I’ve become a Taylor Swift fan as well, for many of the same reasons. Her writing is highly personal, but also so relateable. The lyrics are poetry, but the songs as a whole are so accessible, and some are even danceable. Like many of Swift’s fans, I’ve at times used her songs to help me get through a hard place in the same way I’ve used Joni Mitchell’s to make me feel understood and not alone in my pain.

I can remember buying a copy of Blue a few years after it was first released, simply adding to my collection of Joni Mitchell records so that I could listen to it as much as I wanted. One day I put it on for a friend and she looked at me, almost with pity. “Oh, dear” she said, as if I’d shown her something embarassing…

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Inside of Elle Beau

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