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Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber Compose Original Song for ‘Cats’ Movie!

If you’ve heard of Phantom of the Opera, Evita or Cats, you know Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is a master at musical theater composition . He has won Countless GRAMMYs and Tonys for his work, along with a Golden Globe and Emmy. He began his production with Cats in 1981 and now the hit Broadway musical is making its way to the screens of Hollywood. He of course had to be a part of that cross-over as he composed the hit Broadway Musical based on the poems by T.S. Eliot.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will be playing the part of the cat Bombalurina and was invited to Webber’s house to practice her song “Macavity the Mystery Cat.” She had heard they wanted an original song for the movie adaption of Cats and she knows all too well it never hurts to seize an opportunity to go after her dreams. She was well versed on the script and had even thought of where the song might go in the movie. The perfect moment, she thought would be right after the cat Grizabella (played by Jennifer Hudson) performs “Memory” and the white kitten, Victoria reflects on what she just heard. In the Broadway version, Victoria has no solo singing parts, and is well trained in ballet. For the movie adaption however, she was made a central figure and she needed a solo song. Swift described the moment Victoria would sing as thinking that what if she never has those great memories, at least you had them.


The direct of the movie, Tom Hooper reflected on hearing the song, titled “Beautiful Ghosts.”

“What I couldn’t believe was the extraordinary beauty of these lyrics that Taylor had written. It was as if someone had come into the film I was in the middle of making and read the script, met the actors, and seen the world, and reflected back to me a profound understanding of what we’re trying to do with the movie.”

Swift joked, “If you can’t get T. S. Eliot, get T.S.” “Beautiful Ghost” will be sung by the kitten Victoria played by Francesca Hayward and reprised by Judi Dench, as Old Deuteronomy. Swift will also sing the song over the end credits. Could a possible Oscar for Best Original Song be in their future? We hope so!

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Taylor Swift’s Life Advice is Something We All Need to Learn

We haven’t seen much of Taylor Swift in 2019, but we have been blessed with two magazine covers thanks to Elle USA and Elle UK featuring her on their newest issues. 2019 is a lot of things, but it is also the year that Swift turns 30, a benchmark in anyone’s life. She has learned a lot since she started in the business at 14 and her views have changed dramatically.

Back in 2012, Swift said that any relationship where the guy isn’t proud to show her off, it isn’t the relationship for her. She didn’t want to be in hiding, she wanted to be able to live her life like a normal 22 year old. Her actions since 2017 have sung a very different tune.

After very public displays of affection with exes Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, it was almost six months before anyone found out she was dating actor Joe Alwyn. The two of have never been officially photographed together, or shared photos of themselves together on social media. They have not spoken up about being a couple in a public setting, but they have been photographed on outings by paparazzi and other onlookers. Is that the secret to their 2.5 year romance? It’s certainly the longest for Swift and yet she still glows with happiness. No doubt there have been hardships over the romance, but none that have ever come to light. They have learned how to navigate a world tour for the singer, along with insane movie schedules for the budding actor. Swift has also tapped back into her acting skills, her movie adaption of the Broadway Musical Cats comes out later this year.

Ahead of turning 30, Swift offers advice of the things she’s learned since then, 30 things in fact. While reading, I found myself agreeing with how important these things are, lessons I’ve learned as someone who has also entered their 30’s. She’s learned the importance of blocking out the hate, focusing on what matters, stressing about the real struggles in life and learning which relationships are meant to last and which have had their time in the sun.

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Here are the lessons she learned broken down:

1. She had to turn off her Instagram comments to block out the hate she was receiving in order to leave a healthier life. Unfortunately that means that friends and family can’t also comment, but in the end sanity is worth it. (Years ago I had to turn off anonymous messages on my tumblr after receiving a lot of hateful comments. It’s amazing how quickly those comments disappear when suddenly people have to put their name to the comment). The takeaway? If something is causing you stress, step away from it. We’ve had to see many celebrities take a break from social media due to the constant negativity. Nobody needs that amount of stress in their life.

2. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, even if you are normally a nice person. Sometimes you have to speak up so you aren’t taken advantage of.

3. Life is about learning lessons, that means failing sometimes. Get back up and try again. We learn by making mistakes.

4. Every body is different, learn to love yours and stop trying to be so perfect.

5. Sometimes you have to press the block button, not only on social media but also in your personal life. (Sometimes that might even mean blocking a family member if they are causing you stress and anxiety in an unhealthy way).

6. Everyone gets older, embrace the changes that come with it, including physical signs of again. It’s never too early to start moisturizing!

7. Her biggest fear is for the physical safety of herself and her fans. She recently had another person break into her apartment after being arrested for previously breaking in and taking a shower and sleeping in her bed. She tries to not let this fear run her life so that she can still live.

8. Create your own values and stop valuing what others think so much. You don’t have to create the Instagram perfect picture or relationship. Your life is yours and no one else’s. Your happiness is what matters.

9. She learned how to make some easy cocktails because 2016 (think Calvin Harris/ KimYe/ Snake)

10. She learned some good recipes for dinner parties and puts her own flare on them.

11. Command tape saves your walls from holes.

12. Apologizing to someone you hurt sincerely can save your relationships and friendships.

13. Believe sexual assault victims.

14. It’s ok not to know how to respond to someone when they are going through a hard time, but it’s not ok to disappear from their life when they need you.

15. Vitamins make you feel so much better!

16. Get to know someone before starting a relationship, first impressions aren’t everything and they won’t make for a lasting relationship.

17. Don’t sleep in your makeup, take care of your face and moisturize!

18. We all have things that were hard in our childhood, whether it was being bullied or feeling alone, be aware of how you act when those things no longer affect you, for they might be happening to someone else.

19. Tell people how you feel and don’t play mind games. No one is a mind reader.

20. People are sometimes only in your life for a season. It’s hard to let them go, but you’ll always have the lessons learned and memoires.

21. It’s ok to experiment with your fashion choices and hair!

22. When you’re fighting with someone, focus less on winning and more on understanding. You don’t get prizes for winning, just a lost relationship.

23. There will always be people who want the best for you and don’t want to see you fail. Surround yourself with those people.

24. Be aware of the real problems in life, for Swift, it’s the return of her mother’s cancer. She focuses her stress and worry and prayers on that.

25. You can still make amazing music while being in love.

26. Make countdowns for things you are excited about. Sometimes we need things to look forward to.

27. When someone is bullying you, learn how to laugh it off. (Think giant inflatable snake after Kim K. called her one, along with the rest of the internet).

28. Get involved and informed about politics. There’s a big race next year.

29. Please pray for the safe return of her curls. Hair can change texture.

30. Forgive yourself, you’re your own worst critique. “Step into the daylight and let it go.”

To read Swift’s words visit her essay on Elle

Taylor Swift is Reclaiming Herself in New Era

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If you’ve been a Taylor Swift fan through the last decade plus, no doubt you’ve experienced the highs and lows of what being a Swiftie entails. Ten years ago, Swift was winning awards left and right, it was to be expected, yet it was earned. Swift was the girl next door and everyone loved her (except for Kanye, who only loves himself and Beyoncé).

Then something changed, suddenly Swift was being blocked from all Country awards and accolades, despite putting out an album written entirely by herself (Speak Now). Her fourth album Red barely received any recognition at all and that’s when Swift made the bold decision to go full blown Pop with her fifth album 1989, named after the year she was born. She was embracing her sound and the direction her music and creativity was going. She was not going to play it safe and entered into a new genre, despite pushback from her label. That is what makes her different. She’s not afraid to take risks because she trusts her instincts and trusts that her fans will love her music because of its authenticity.

A lot has changed in ten years and yet Swift has always remained true to herself. She has always been confessional in her songs and continues to be real and honest with her fans, who have always been her favorite and longest relationship. She’s had to change how much she shares with the world because the world has been unkind. Why would someone continue to give of themselves when the recipient has shown their intolerance to anything other than what they want to perceive as truth?

So Swift has taken back the narrative, she has played into the public’s persona of her. She embraced the snake-like figure she was given during the Reputation era and now she is ready to embrace a new era. An era of love, cats and bright colors.

Speaking of cats, Swift is set to star in the movie adaption of the Broadway Musical Cats this November. She will be playing the cat Bombalurina, starring alongside Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba and more!

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Swift has previously had roles in movies like The LoraxValentine’s Day, The Giver and guest appearances in The Hannah Montana Movie and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Along with roles on tv shows New Girl and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 

Now on the dawn of a new era, Swift has released her first magazine cover for Elle, which distributes worldwide. The cover reads “Taylor Swift Takes Control” with Swift captioning a post on Instagram as ‘Me.’

Inside the magazine, Swift penned on an essay on songwriting and Pop music. She shared in Elle:

“My favorite kinds of books to read are the ones that do more than just tell you a story. They do more than just set the scene or paint the picture. The writing I love the most places you into that story, that room, that rain-soaked kiss. You can smell the air, hear the sounds, and feel your heart race as the character’s does. It’s something F. Scott Fitzgerald did so well, to describe a scene so gorgeously interwoven with rich emotional revelations, that you yourself have escaped from your own life for a moment.”

“I’m highly biased, but I think that the way music can transport you back to a long-forgotten memory is the closest sensation we have to traveling in time. To this day, when I hear ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’ by the Dixie Chicks, I instantly recall the feeling of being twelve years old, sitting in a little wood-paneled room in my family home in Pennsylvania.

I’m clutching a guitar and learning to play the chords and sing the words at the same time, rehearsing for a gig at a coffee house. When I hear ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ by Panic! At The Disco, I’m transported back to being sixteen and driving down the streets of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with my best friend Abigail, euphorically screaming the lyrics.

When I hear ‘How to Save a Life’ by The Fray, ‘Breathe (2AM)’ by Anna Nalick, or ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlile, I immediately flashback to being seventeen and on tour for months on end.

When I’d get a day at home in between long stretches on the road sharing a van with my band and crew, I would spend my rare nights off painting alone with candles lit in my room – just being alone with those songs (Those are all from the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack. My commitment to that show truly knows no bounds).

I’m convinced that ‘You Learn’ by Alanis Morissette, ‘Put Your Records On’ by Corinne Bailey Rae and ‘Why’ by Annie Lennox have actually healed my heart after bad breakups or letdowns.

I love writing songs because I love preserving memories, like putting a picture frame around a feeling you once had. I like to use nostalgia as inspiration when I’m writing songs for the same reason I like to take photographs. I like to be able to remember the extremely good and extremely bad times.

I want to remember the color of the sweater, the temperature of the air, the creak of the floorboards, the time on the clock when your heart was stolen or shattered or healed or claimed forever.

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The fun challenge of writing a pop song is squeezing those evocative details into the catchiest melodic cadence you can possibly think of. I thrive on the challenge of sprinkling personal mementos and shreds of reality into a genre of music that is universally known for being, well, universal.

You’d think that as pop writers, we’re supposed to be writing songs that everyone can sing along to, so you’d assume they would have to be pretty lyrically generic… AND YET the ones I think cut through the most are actually the most detailed, and I don’t mean in a Shakespearean sonnet type of way, although I love Shakespeare as much as the next girl. Obviously. (See ‘Love Story,’ 2009).

In modern pop, songs/bops/chunes including extremely personal details like ‘Kiki, do you love me’ and ‘Baby pull me closer in the backseat of your rover’ have been breaking through on the most global cultural level. This year on tour, I got to hear stadium crowds passionately sing along to a young woman from Cuba singing about ‘Havana.’

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I think these days, people are reaching out for connection and comfort in the music they listen to. We like being confided in and hearing someone say, ‘this is what I went through’ as proof to us that we can get through our own struggles.

We actually do NOT want our pop music to be generic. I think a lot of music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive.

This glimpse into the artist’s story invites us to connect it to our own, and in the best case scenario, allows us the ability to assign that song to our memories. It’s this alliance between a song and our memories of the times it helped us heal, or made us cry, dance, or escape that truly stands the test of time. Just like a great book.”

Swift describes so well what has made her music so relatable, yet personal. Fellow singer-songwriter Halsey sung Swift’s praises on Twitter, evoking a response from the Pop Queen herself. The tweet marks the first tweet of the year for Swift.

Halsey, was of course referring to Swift’s best friend Abigail Anderson when she says “called a redhead by name” in her song Fifteen. 

In comparing the Reputation era and the new era to come, contributer Bianca Szklaruk shares:

Rep era: Taylor Remade. The media and cruel people made her this way. They made her out to be a snake so that’s what she gave them. She embraced it and became what they turned her into

Now: Taylor Takes Control. She’s in charge again. She’s soft and bright and everything she wants to be without everyone’s opinion getting in the way. She’s making the music for herself at her happiest. It’s beautiful

So what can fans expect this era? A lot of hearts! Swift has been using hearts in a lot of her social media posts lately, and it’s not wonder since she is living her best life right now. She is gearing up to realease a new album, her final album before she turns 30! She’s been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn for over two years, so it’s not wonder all she wants to post is heart emojis. She has also accompanied Alwyn to many of the recent after parties during the movie awards season.

Swift has been able to put out music, tour, make movies and be in a committed relationship despite both of their busy schedules. That takes a lot of growth, maturity and dedication. She’s in a happy place right now and her next album is sure to show that lighter, brighter side of Swift, healing from heartbreak and finding new love.

Swift will make an appearance at the iHeartAwards March 14. She recently presented at the Golden Globe Awards with fellow Cats co-star Idris Elba. Stay tuned to her social media for upcoming music news! TS7 is fast approaching.

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