The Taylor Swift Effect

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Our friends over at indie-press SouthFlorida.com have posted a brilliant new article on the effect Taylor Swift’s seeming ubiquity has on inspiring young women to pick up the guitar and write their own music.

The money quote is from Mike Carroll, President of SouthFloridaCountryMusic.com.:

“It would be very hard to overstate the effect. It’s pretty rampant out there. They dress like her, and they want to sing like her.”

We’re all for anything that promotes music, but we hope there’s a healthy dose of realism in there somewhere. Swift’s meteoric rise was an anomaly, not the standard. Perhaps the best quote comes from one of the young women modelling herself after the superstar:

Erica Morgan, 21, of Coral Springs, said hearing Swift’s stories of heartbreak and fitting in while she was in high school “made me feel like, ‘Oh, I’m not that weird girl who likes playing country music instead of going to parties.’ She’s really been my inspiration.”

Oh, Erica. Yes, you are that weird girl who likes playing country music instead of going to parties. Your enlightenment, and that of thousands (perhaps millions) of other young hopefuls both in the country music world and on YouTube, will begin when you realize that’s perfectly okay.

BTW, if you’re hankering to get your own Taylor Swift groove going, Karaoke Cloud has about a bazillion of her songs to sing.

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