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The following is a guest post from my friend and assistant DJ, Candi Becker.

Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space” takes the crown as the best composition and best pop song of 2014 to me, not to mention that it is a record breaking song for the artist that has been replayed by many music lovers. The song is personal to Taylor Swift, but universal. Passionate, but self-aware. It has opened up the doors of her camouflaged talent that fans have been waiting for. This song is unique because the majority of the songs she sang before this one display her obsession with dudes and love, to the exclusion of most other topics. Her musical emotional response and lyrical fascinations have been steady all along, while progressively improving with time and becoming distinctly appealing with the hit song.

“Blank Space” is the best song Taylor Swift has released so far in her career. Taylor’s life has been very active especially in social media and gossip blogs with regard to her love life, as fans and critics analyze her previous hits and express them as taking a dim view of her previous relationships. However, “Blank Space” changed the course of gossip winds as the song portrays her as funny and fully aware of herself. It shows her awareness about being a letdown for romance, because she has had an adequate amount of disastrous relationships over the years. The song reveals that she has developed into a mocking lover, but is still hoping at every chance to bump into her dream man. Swift is almost turning 25, and the blossoming of such a pop star at her age and her spontaneous ability to turn these sort of shared epiphanies into greatly appealing songs is more than half the reason why she is so popular and cherished.

Some of the best thought-provoking lines in the song is when she sings that “Boys only want love if it inflicts torture”, maybe onto their other half through immoral conduct or mutual torture in a toxic relationship. I love listening to this song as I reflect on my past relationships. Such thoughts are further triggered by Taylor’s voice during the course of the song as it sounds like that of an insecure, despairing woman who doubts her exes in a state of emotional settlement. The song contains some sadness, but not anger towards them.

“Blank Space” also carries some pieces of advice both to an ordinary person and celebrities who recoil from their private lives turning out to be too public, but Swift realizes that given the state of affairs of her life, public opinion will never be an alternative. She uses the gossip to her advantage by opening up to the critics and adding some spur and strain to her tunes. She understands that there is a long past of soap-opera trickery in pop culture and the tabloids. Her sucker punch is obvious when she brings out watchwords such as “I can make the bad boys good for a weekend” or, I’ll write your name” and “I’ve got a blank space, baby.” This is satirical, self-condemnatory, and inviting protest. When all is said and done, the song is still entertaining especially because it contains a volatile tale and the chorus flows with solid rhymes. The song might not seem “Swifty” but I am truly mesmerized with what she has achieved.

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift