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Apologies to an Apple

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E.E. Cummings
“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
E.E. Cummings

Robert Frost
“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
Robert Frost

Leonardo da Vinci
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver

Robert Frost
“We love the things we love for what they are.”
Robert Frost

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Jacqueline Agreed! Six years as far as maturity at that age goes isn't really too much off. Seriously, I know people that are Carrie's age and don't act half of twenty-five years, haha. Taylor still needs work to do, but I think if she wants to keep her popularity, she should go with pop.

message 24: by Maya (last edited Aug 27, 2009 10:12AM)

Maya Ganesan Carrie did a fantastic job sliding into the music business. It was very smooth, actually. She was welcomed so warmly and now she's huge. She had to work for more of it - face it, Idol is stressful.

I respect Taylor for gaining such a huge fanbase, and keeping it up, but if you compare her journey to Carrie's, Carrie takes home the trophy.

Jacqueline Ok, I had originally written a whole bunch of stuff, then I x-ed out the let me organize my thoughts this way:

-As stated earlier, I am NOT a typical teen in the very least.
-In my own personal opinion, I think Colbie is more talented, and her voice doesn't irritate me.
-I haven't heard a live act from Taylor I liked. Do you mean the "Love Story" music video? Because I believe she was wearing an ivory white dress, not a purple one. And I agree; no matter how cold you are or how windy it is, if you're a great singer, you can sing in any circumstance.
-I don't care about the Jonas Brothers at ALL, with or without Taylor. I never heard about that, Anilee, but that was definitely not good judgment on her part.
-And it's funny, because...I have a few songs on my iPod that were really, really, really popular a few years ago, and now everyone hates them (e.g. Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles", Avril Lavigne's "Complicated"). Back then I hated them, now I love them. I flip-flop with whatever everyone else likes, I guess.

Jacqueline I think this is a very subjective matter (ok, now I sound like a total country nerd...never mind, I am, haha). The thing is, I myself am NOT like the typical teen audience. At the age of eight I was listening to "In the Mood" and "Fly Me To the Moon", so obviously I'm not the mainstream kind of person.

I hope I didn't sound like I was saying Taylor and Colbie have similar overall styles. I think Taylor would be more popular in pop, and as for Colbie, the only people (other than myself) who I know that really enjoy her music are adults. Especially adults who are picky about the music they listen to.

I don't mean to sound really mean and rude about Taylor, but she's not the best in concert. Anyone saw her last New Year's? Or (I think it was) at that one CMA award show a couple years ago? Yeah...not good.

Overpopularization (I know that's not a real word, but oh well, it might as well be, haha) makes me lose interest in a lot of things, whether it be books, movies, music...actually, come to think of it, it hasn't happened to me with books and movies (yet), but definitely with music. I tend to avoid anything that's a chart-topper. That's just the way I am. I don't like jumping on the bandwagon. I like being a lone ranger as far as what I like and don't like. But I love finding out that there are a few people out there who like the same stuff I do, and I have dozens and dozens of friends whose favorite music or artists or whatever completely differ with mine, and I respect them for that.

Jacqueline THANK YOU!!! That's EXACTLY how I felt, and perhaps the main reason I started getting tired of her songs. Unless she meant to have a love songs album, it would have been fine. But really? Except for maybe one song, it's all about this relationship, that relationship...and about the last part, I always wondered that too. Within two or three years, she had that many break-ups??

message 20: by Maya (last edited Aug 27, 2009 10:08AM)

Maya Ganesan I think that Taylor's relationship songs were good at first, but now that she's got a whole CD more of's kind of too much, you know?

I think that the fact that she writes her own songs is great, though. That's impressive. But for any random person, it's going to be hard to believe that all of that was experience.

message 19: by Jacqueline (last edited Mar 01, 2009 02:55PM)

Jacqueline Yeah, I love Taylor as a songwriter; I think she's great as far as that goes. In fact, she inspired me to write songs, to be really honest. The material has become a little repetitve though, but the fact that she comes up with the music herself amazes me, and I respect her highly for that.

No, I don't think I would like her better if she wasn't stuck with the country label, and chances are that I may not have heard her much in the first place if she was pop in the first place; her music isn't really turning into my type, and I wouldn't say Taylor and Colbie are close to the same genre. Taylor reminds me a bit more of the new, contemporary Disney stuff that I'm not a fan of. However, I think she would do better as far as the general crowd (no, I do not consider myself part of the general crowd ;) ) goes. With Colbie, she plays much more mature (mature NOT as in unclean but as, I suppose I should say), acoustic music (think Jack Johnson-type music).

But maybe because I'm just more of a country gal than a pop person that I prefer Carrie's honky-tonk style over Taylor's mainstream pop music.

P.S. Anilee, I'm a little confused on what tour you are talking about, maybe because I haven't really updated myself on her recently.

Jacqueline Definitely. Male country artists write really corny, weird songs. I mean, seriously, why would a guy want to check a girl for ticks???? (If you're confused, look up Brad Paisley's "Ticks".)

I can't STAND her voice anymore. I don't know, she just sounds too pop and not enough country and she DOES strain it too much. Or use melismas weirdly. :/

P.S. I took a Carrie Underwood trivia quiz on GAC...and actually got eight out of ten right. Haha, go figure. ;)

message 17: by Jacqueline (last edited Feb 25, 2009 05:18PM)

Jacqueline I actually prefer female voices to male, especially in country. Unless it's something old-sounding, then I like male voices.

Carrie Underwood is DEFINITELY the better singer; Taylor Swift's voice has started to bug me. :s

message 16: by Maya

Maya Ganesan Soft pop is nice. Just as long as it's not totally electronic.

Jacqueline Yay KT Tunstall! I love playing her song "Other Side of the World" on the guitar. :D

I also listen to some jazz/soft pop (Norah Jones), and when I was little I used to listen to stuff like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Enya, and classical music. :D

message 14: by Maya

Maya Ganesan I like rock...some Lifehouse, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow...

Jacqueline Yeah, I know what you mean. I was absolutely amazed when you said that; I thought I was the only one who felt that way! Actually, I was a little freaked out; it's like we're the same person, haha! :D

What kind of music do you listen to other than country? I listen to some acoustic (Colbie Caillat) and some rock that's still on the acoustic side (KT Tunstall).

message 12: by Maya

Maya Ganesan Me neither! Almost everyone I know loves Taylor Swift and hates Carrie Underwood, which makes me super-lonely. Yay! *cheers*

Jacqueline Hey, me too! I really, really, really wanted to go to a Carrie Underwood concert back in November, but alas, no one could go with me. :*(

You know what? I'll be really honest. A couple years ago, Taylor Swift was one of my favorites. But ever since a few months ago (and I know I haven't said this to my fellow online Shan-fan friends who love Taylor Swift), I got really sick and tired and, sorry to say, but annoyed with her music. I have reasons why, but I think it's best to keep it at that for now.

Wow, we have so much in common!! I am amazed; I've never met anyone who had so much in common with me, especially music-wise!

message 10: by Maya (last edited Aug 27, 2009 10:09AM)

Maya Ganesan *sigh* Sadly, no. I really really wanted to go to a Carrie Underwood concert that was about a half hour away...but it didn't work out. Just too far and too expensive. :(

Do you like Taylor Swift?

Jacqueline Really? Me too!! For me, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Jessica Andrews...a few more. Have you been to any concerts at all?

message 8: by Maya

Maya Ganesan Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert...

Jacqueline Hi, Maya! Yes, indeed I do! I'm the biggest, craziest country music fan you'll ever meet. Who are your favorite country artists?

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Maya Ganesan Thanks, you two! :)

Danielle I'm glad you chose to do the author page option :)

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Maya Ganesan Hey Jess! Sorry I'm so late in replying :)

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Jess Hey there, Maya!

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Maya Ganesan Hi, Erin! :)

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Erin Hey Maya! :)

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