Six-ish Questions For ... Taylor Swift
Shortly after her shriek- and swoon-inducing concert Tuesday during what would normally be sixth period at Alexandria's Bishop Ireton High School, J. Freedom caught up with Taylor Swift inside the Verizon Mobile Recording Studio Bus that she'll have on the road with her throughout her spring and summer tour. She gave a shriek of her own and talked about how guys behave at her concerts, relating to high school kids and the way she writes an album.
Check out the video above, by washingtonpost.com's Anna Uhls, for a full recap of the day. Plus, as an added bonus, there's a rare J. Freedom sighting!
Can you describe the sound you hear when you go on stage -- whether it's 900 or 12,000 or 20,000 people screaming?
It sounds like -- you want me to make the sound? (She makes the sound.) Like the coolest, most high-pitched sound ever. It's amazing. It's the most exhilarating feeling that I've ever felt in my entire life when I hear that sound just erupt from 13,000 people all in one room, all with my name on their ticket. It absolutely floors me that that gets to happen to me, that I actually get to experience that.
This particular room, did the energy feel any different than the first three nights of the tour?
The energy was really cool in this room because this was sort of an intimate show for us. It's the smallest show we've done in a really long time. Just the fact that those kids really earned that concert, you could just see it in their eyes. You could feel it in the room that they were so excited we were there. And any time you get to play for a crowd like that is just an honor.
We were admiring your interaction with a couple of the guys here. Towards the end of the show you actually blew some kisses and they were sort of fainting. Do the guys usually get that worked up at your shows? Or do they try to play it cool?
It's really fun at the shows. The guys go all out. They're not as reserved as you'd think. There are a lot of guys that will paint my name on their chest or hold up giant signs or be jumping up and down. Or when I'm in the middle of my acoustic set and I'm in a really pensive moment or trying to make a really deep point, they like to scream out, "MARRY ME!!!!" And that's one of my favorite moments in the show usually.
I heard a lot of the guys saying, "Write a song about me!"
That's a good one. They don't know what they're wishing for there.
(Read the rest of the interview after the jump.)
You started in high school then this started to happen and you did the home-schooling thing. Does it feel weird coming back to this environment and being surrounded by 800-plus people who are where you were just a few years ago?
It's kind of interesting. Last year was my graduating year. The fact that those kids are just a year younger than me, two years younger than me, I feel like there's a bond there. I remember when I first started doing high school shows I was in 10th grade. So it was a little more intimidating when I was 16 and first got on the road and started doing high school shows and I'm like, "Oh, there are seniors out there!" Even though I had an album out and I was doing shows every single night, somehow going to high schools was more intimidating for me.
But now it's like there's a camaraderie there. We've all been there, we've all had lockers and a crush on the guy we couldn't have. I feel like those experiences bond me with my fans, that I know they're going through the same things that I went through. When you write really personal songs -- the first couple of times you play them, the first couple tours you go on -- you don't really know if writing personal songs is the way to go, because what if everyone doesn't relate to them? And it turns out, in my case, it made people relate to my songs more, that they were so personal. Which I'm so thankful for.
When was the last time you were actually enrolled in a high school?
Well I finished my 10th grade year, and my junior and senior year I home-schooled. It's been fun. I've tried to have as much of a normal, high school experience as possible. I would kind of inject myself back into high school and any point I could. I would still go to the football games when I could, when I was a junior and on tour with Brad Paisley. If we had some nights that I could go home, I would go to the football games and I would hang out with the people I used to hang out with.
My senior year I got to go to prom for an MTV show called "Once Upon a Prom" and took my best friend and we both had dates that we never met before. But it was fun! And getting to be injected back into high school when I could was something I was really happy to do because I wasn't a child star who was pulled out of school when I was 12. I didn't have to completely kiss goodbye high school and being a kid. I was kind of able to be a kid when I wanted to and be 40 when I had to. (Laughs.)
What are you going to be doing in [the mobile recording studio] while you're on tour?
I'm probably going to be making demos for songs for the new record. The way that I make an album is -- writing is pretty involuntary to me. I'm always writing. It's not like I devote a month or so to writing the next record. And then schedule a bunch of co-writing sessions. For me, I'm always writing. And so making an album basically just consists of taking the 50 or 60 songs that I've written over the course of a year and a half and picking the best ones. And that's how I make an album. You gotta demo a lot of songs to narrow it down.
By David Malitz |
April 29, 2009; 8:02 AM ET
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