OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift "Felt Like an Apprentice"

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OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift "Felt Like an Apprentice"

Published on August 29, 2012 by CMT News

Taylor Swift
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

“I felt like an apprentice.” That’s what Taylor
Swift
told Rolling Stone about
collaborating with new and different writers
on the tracks for her upcoming album, Red. “They taught me so much
about melodic sense, and they let me do what I love, which is the lyrics,” she said of her writing sessions with Ed Sheeran
of One Direction, and pop hitmakers Max Martin (Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”) and Dan Wilson (Adele’s “Someone Like You”).
I have a feeling the feeling might be mutual and that those songwriters might have learned a thing or two from Swift. She
also admitted to the magazine that her own tastes stretch way beyond the country genre and that she has playlists full of
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. But hip-hoppy beats aside, the lyrics of the new music will
likely be classically Swift. This is how she sums up the way she crafts the stories in her songs: “I know general things about
love. How to treat people well, what you deserve and when to walk away. Other than that, love is a complete mystery — and
that’s why I like to write about it.”

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