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Fr. Damian Ference Reviews Taylor Swift's Latest CD

My girls are listening to this CD non-stop. Non. Stop.

In an age when fewer and fewer people are buying full albums, Taylor Swift’s 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the first week of its release. That’s impressive, considering that in this iTunes era, more and more people are buying single songs than complete albums. With 1989, Swift left the comfort of country for a new pop adventure. And so far, it seems to be working out quite well. First, let me commend Taylor Swift on being able to reinvent herself without compromising her integrity or the minds and hearts of her fans, especially the young ones. Unlike Madonna, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus, who have reinvented themselves through shock and skin, Taylor Swift has (for the most part) kept it classy. As one of my seminarians pointed out, Swift used to sing about how other girls wore short skirts while she wore t-shirts, but now she’s the one in the short skirt – but at least she’s not twerking. Too, I read recently that Swift finds it immodest to expose her bellybutton, which I found fascinating. There’s something about a navel, and Swift knows it. But I digress.
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2 comments:

melody said...

Really? My first introduction to her new album was the official "Shake it off" video posted to FB by young Catholic men. Plenty of flesh. Plenty of twerking. Do we really need a priest constantly justifying our worldly tastes? If Swift's music can truly direct my kids' minds and hearts toward higher things, then I'll jump on the bandwagon. A casual examination of her music and behaviors and videos will tell you only that she's not as bad as Miley... Not that she's worth emulating or playing on repeat. I regret that Fr. Ferrence continues to make it part of his work to justify our base taste in artists who in no way deserve such free and easy Catholics publicity.

Daniel O'Connor said...

Thank you Melody. Just because Taylor Swift isn't a Lady Gaga doesn't mean we should be promoting or defending her material. Her videos are absolutely abhorrent to good morals, and her music itself is garbage at best, but if actually analyzed even at a glance, also quite contrary to good Christian living.


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