What Really Inspired Taylor Swift To Write Folklore
Taylor Swift is synonymous with superstardom. She boasts 10 Grammys, as per Billboard, a multimillion-dollar property empire, according to Architectural Digest, and in 2020 she was the second most-streamed female artist after Billie Eilish, per Spotify. She might be the undisputed queen of pop, but Swift began her career as a humble country music singer. Country music is about telling stories, and that's an ideal from which Swift has never truly diverged.
Swift's talent lies in her ability to write songs that are at once universal and deeply personal. So much so that Swift has been known to hide secret messages in her lyrics in the hopes that her fans discover which famous ex the song is about.
Swift's most recent album, though, the surprise quarantine drop, Folklore, heavily deviated from that path. Of course, there were a few songs that were personal to Swift ("Invisible String," for example) — much of Folklore seemed to be pure fantasy. Even the most devoted fans were left scratching their heads.
After months of speculation, Swift finally opened up about her writing process and what really inspired her latest album.