Pop star Taylor Swift is the sunny cover star of the April edition of Elle UK, The Music Issue.
Photographed by Quentin Jones, the singer pens personal essays on her intimate journey with song writing and how it has ‘healed her heart’ after ‘bad break-ups’.
Speaking about how she has captured the memories from her past romances, she wrote:
“I love writing songs because I love preserving memories…I like to be able to remember the extremely good and extremely bad times.”
On pop music’s global impact, Swift wrote,
“I think these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to. We like being confided in and hearing someone say, ‘this is what I went through’ as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles. We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive.”
Swift further went on to explain how listening to a stranger’s song can help us “heal”,
“This glimpse into the artist’s story invites us to connect it to our own, and in the best case scenario, allows us the ability to assign that song to our memories. It’s this alliance between a song and our memories of the times it helped us heal, or made us cry, dance, or escape that truly stands the test of time. Just like a great book.”
It can be recalled that fans of Taylor have speculated she may be working on her seventh album as she was pictured leaving a recording studio New York City back in January. By Sarah Oyedo