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The Healing Power of Folklore; How Taylor Swift’s Album Became My Emotional Anchor

Finding Solace and Strength in the Melancholic Beauty of Music

By Adams YoungPublished about a month ago 3 min read

Music has always been my sanctuary, a place where I can retreat and find solace amidst life's chaos. But it wasn't until I discovered Taylor Swift’s album Folklore that I truly understood the profound impact music could have on my emotional well-being. This album, with its haunting melodies and introspective lyrics, has become my emotional anchor during a particularly tumultuous period in my life. I first stumbled upon Folklore during a late-night scroll through my streaming app, looking for something new to accompany my restless thoughts. Released in the summer of 2020, this surprise album from Taylor Swift was a stark departure from her previous pop anthems, delving deep into indie-folk territory. Curious, I pressed play, not knowing that these songs would soon become the soundtrack to my healing….

The opening track, the one immediately drew me in with its wistful reflection on lost love and missed opportunities. As someone who had recently ended a long-term relationship, the lyrics felt like a comforting whisper in the dark. Swift’s gentle voice and the melancholic piano chords resonated with my own feelings of sadness and longing. As the days turned into weeks, I found myself returning to the album repeatedly. Each song felt like a chapter in a story that mirrored my own journey of introspection and self-discovery. Tracks like exile, featuring Bon Iver, and my tears ricochet became my companions during long walks and quiet evenings alone.

One of the most captivating aspects of Folklore is its storytelling. Swift’s lyrics weave intricate narratives of fictional characters, yet they touch on universal emotions and experiences. The song “august” tells the tale of a fleeting summer romance, capturing the bittersweetness of temporary love. Meanwhile, “betty” explores themes of regret and forgiveness from the perspective of a teenage boy… Listening to these stories, I felt less alone in my own experiences. The characters in Folklore became reflections of my own emotions, helping me process my feelings in a way that felt safe and comforting. The album’s narrative structure provided a sense of continuity and coherence, even when my own life felt fragmented.

One of the most powerful tracks on the album is mirrorball, a song about fragility and the desire to be seen. The lyrics, I’m a mirrorball / I’ll show you every version of yourself tonight, spoke to my own struggles with vulnerability and the fear of being judged. Yet the song also conveyed a sense of resilience and the strength found in embracing one’s true self.

Folklore became more than just an album; it was a therapeutic tool that helped me navigate the complexities of my emotions. Its soothing melodies and poetic lyrics provided a space for reflection and healing. Whether I was journaling, meditating, or simply lying in bed with my headphones on, the album offered a sense of comfort and understanding. One particularly transformative moment came during the song epiphany, which draws parallels between the struggles of soldiers and frontline workers during the pandemic. The hauntingly beautiful melody and poignant lyrics reminded me of the collective resilience of humanity, inspiring me to find strength in my own battles…

As I continue to move forward, "Folklore" remains a constant presence in my life. It’s a reminder that even in the midst of pain and uncertainty, there is beauty to be found. The album’s themes of love, loss, and self-discovery continue to resonate with me, offering new insights with each listen.

In a world that often feels overwhelming, Folklore has become my personal anthem. It’s a testament to the healing power of music and the importance of finding art that speaks to our souls. Through Taylor Swift’s masterful storytelling and evocative melodies, I’ve found a sense of peace and a renewed understanding of myself.. As I look to the future, I carry with me the lessons and comfort that Folklore has provided. It’s more than just an album; it’s a journey through the human experience, one that I am grateful to have taken.

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  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Folklore is such an amazing record! Evermore is great too!

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