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FOLKLORE: LONG POND STUDIO SESSIONS
Exclusive to Disney+, Taylor Swift and company have released the first-ever Folklore: Long Pond Studio Sessions documentary film. Let me tell you, there are very few records that, when listening, I hear something different every time. It happened when reviewing for Yung Xander’s debut album and I’m here to tell you that this feeling has returned yet again with Taylor Swift’s Disney+ folklore: the long pond studio sessions. The Long Pond sessions are a work of the original songs made to sound like a more intimate experience. The scenery was definitely recognizable throughout the film feature, as we see the location of the album covers behind Taylor. We see her made up in the same way she was for the album cover, her hair looking like something out of a beautifully retro film. A lot of this record has that vibe of being nostalgic in a sense for a time of the past and where you’ve been, while still reflecting on how far you’ve come. The acoustic versions of these tracks really showcased to me how much of the ambience in Taylor’s songs lies purely in the sound of her vocals.
Acting almost as a commentary on the album, Taylor went track by track listing credits and the songwriting process, and what went into writing specific lyrics, verses, and bridges. I was not surprised to hear of the obvious: William Bowery was mentioned by name and revealed to be not a real person, but the pseudonym of boyfriend, Joe Alwin. What I didn’t know is that Joe wrote the opening lines of exile, one of my favorite tracks on this record. He also in part wrote Betty. While not one of the songs I’ll immediately go to, still fascinating.
When writing this is me trying, Taylor brings up the blight of addiction and mental health struggles. She acknowledges in this part of the film the greatest truth:
“No one pats them on the back but every day they are actively fighting something. There are so many days that nobody gives them credit for. How often must somebody, still in that struggle, must want to say to everyone in the room, ‘you have no idea how close I am to going back to a dark place.’”
Co-writer Jack Antonoff piggybacks on this sentiment and how he thinks about it all quite a lot. He goes on to say this:
“You have no idea how hard it is to get to the point of where you guys think is still shitty. The idea of doing your best, or trying is one that only a person knows, where you’re doing your damn best and it’s not good enough… and it rarely is. It’s a very isolating feeling. ”
The story behind this is me trying is the one that connected to me most personally. Taylor suggests that it is about a person truly lost in life, aimlessly trying and failing. She brings up that the scene in her head was this lost person who starts drinking, and every day is trying not to. Antonoff suggests that simply, the act of this person not driving off the cliff is trying.
After the months put in to the preparation and creation of folklore, fans and critics have agreed that everything put into this album was nothing but her best, even giving her six Grammy Award nominations to prove it. Below are the nominations Taylor Swift received for the 2021 ceremony that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Album of the Year - folklore
Song of the Year - cardigan
Best Pop Vocal Album - folklore
Best Pop Solo Performance - cardigan
Best Pop/Duo Group Performance - exile (feat. Bon Iver)
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Beautiful Ghosts