Taylor Swift Talks ‘Red,’ Songwriting and Her Most Emotional Tune on ‘Good Morning America’ (VIDEO)
Swift was looking radiant in red, aptly enough, on the day that her new album, Red, was released. The 22-year-old country starlet was all smiles as she spoke with anchor George Stephanopoulus about such topics as her new album, songwriting, her parents, her favorite TV shows and her most difficult song to write.
Known for writing her heart — and her real-life romances — into her songs, the singer remained mum when asked if she’d write a happy or sad song about her love life with current flame, Conor Kennedy. (It was that question that prompted the “I don’t really talk about my love life” response.)
Swift said that Red, which is already No. 1 on iTunes, allowed her to explore the edges of what she can do by working with different songwriters and some of her musical heroes.
“Music is my way of understanding what I’m feeling,” the songstress told Stephanopoulus regarding her frequent mentions of ex-boyfriends in her songs. “It’s carried me my whole life and allowed me to filter through complicated emotions and make them simple.”
So which song on her new record was the most difficult for her to write emotionally?
“It started out being probably a 10-minute song, which you can’t put on an album,” she continued. “I had to filter it down to a story that could work in the form of a song, and I called my friend and co-writer Liz Rose and said, ‘Come over, we’ve gotta filter this down,’ and it took me a really long time to get it to it’s final form.”
Speculation is that this song, along with her smash hit single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” are about former beau Jake Gyllenhaal, though the singer of course declines to name names.
You can watch Swift’s full interview with Stephanpolous above.
Swift will be back on Good Morning America Tuesday for a live performance. Her album, Red, is now available for purchase in stores and on iTunes.
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