Incase you have not been informed already, Taylor Swift released her ninth studio album, Evermore, on Friday December 11, at midnight. This is Taylor’s second album this year. In July, the singer released Folklore.
These albums are slightly different from anything else she has ever released. Taylor Swift originally emerged into the music world as a country singer, and eventually became a pop sensation with albums like 1989 and Lover. Folklore and Evermore show the artist’s dexterity, as they are more Indie. It’s safe to say, the sister albums are the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee and a book.
In celebration of the star’s newest release, we will be taking a walk down memory lane and sharing some of our favorite T-Swift anthems from her “Our Song” era to the present day.
Taylor Swift’s debut album came out in 2006 and was her claim to fame. The teen from Pennsylvania dropped country hits like “Tim McGraw” and “Picture to Burn.” This album also earned her a nomination for the Best New Artist award at the 2006 Grammys. Here’s our number one pick!
This song is an upbeat anthem. It’s carefree, happy, and perfect to blast with the windows down on a hot country day. Luckily, the boy in question in “Our Song” is committed to Taylor, and probably was not the reason for the teardrops on her guitar. The two share a special song and seem to be in a happy teenage relationship. Ahh, to be young and in love.
T-Swizzle released Fearless, her second album in 2008. Some of her most famous songs come from this album, like “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story.” This album is also a pretty big deal in the music world, because it has earned the accolade of the most awarded album in the history of country music. Wow. Here’s our fav song from the album!
There’s a reason why this song took the cake and became the title of the album. It’s just that good. This song perfectly describes how it feels to be in the most exciting part of the relationship; the honeymoon phase. Swift talks about dancing in a rainy parking lot with her love and questions how it could get better than the feeling she has. We highly recommend listening if you’re starting to catch feels!
At this point in her music career, Taylor Swift was 21 years and out of the “high school relationship” phase of her previous two albums. The star was dating in Hollywood, being seen with celebs like John Mayer, Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner. Some of these guys even inspired songs on the album. Here’s our most played song from this collection.
This song is six minutes of pure gold. The song is about Taylor’s “love at first sight” feeling she got while meeting someone for the first time. She says “I was enchanted to meet you.” The catch is that she is not sure if this person is already in love with someone else. This man has made quite the impression on her. She sings that she blushed all the way home! He is rumored to be someone she really did meet in New York City.
The release of the Red album marked an important transition in Taylor’s music career. She dropped the collection of songs in 2012 alongside newly cut bangs and her signature red lips. This began Taylor’s transition into the pop music scene, with songs like “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.” Our most prized tune from this album is…
State of Grace
It seems like Taylor is living her best life in this happy anthem! Taylor narrates life in the city, talking about busy streets and traffic lights, when suddenly she meets someone that she never expected. This special someone seems to have made quite the impression on her as she says she’ll never be the same. It’s rumored that this song was inspired by her fling with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Taylor Swift cannonballed into the world of pop music in 2014 when she released 1989. And she made quite the splash with hit songs like “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space.” The album is titled after her birth year, and the music on the album was inspired in part by music from the 80’s. Our #1 on this album is…
This is one of the more popular songs from this album, and for good reason! Fans of the album believe that the songs narrate a story in chronological order, and they believe that “Wildest Dreams” is the post-breakup song. Taylor Swift wants her ex lover to remember her in a fond way, saying, “say you’ll remember me, standing in a nice dress staring at the sunset, babe.” The song is rumored to be inspired by a speculated relationship with Harry Styles.
Taylor showed her bada** side when she dropped Reputation in 2017. The album won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock album. The album showed true girl power when even the music videos included stars like Gigi Hadid, Karlee Kloss and Hailee Steinfeld. They appeared in the music video for “…Ready For It?” which also happens to be our personal favorite from the album.
…Ready For It?
This song is the ultimate revenge song, and listening to it will make you feel invincible. Taylor Swift begs the question to her lover if he is ready for commitment. Taylor Swift wants the “games to begin” with whoever the man in question is, but she doesn’t know if the desire is reciprocated.
Taylor did a complete 180 in her style from Reputation from Lover, which came out in 2019. This album is totally daydreamy, and will have you musing about the lover in your life. This album is more of a light pop, but we are here for it! There are so many hits off of this album but our favorite is…
“Cruel Summer” is speculated to be about the relationship between Joe Alwyn and Taylor. This song is about the exciting feeling associated with a new relationship. It’s all new to Taylor in this summer fling, and the excitement shows in this song. It’s so dreamy!
Taylor released Folklore this summer. It’s a collection of songs that she wrote and compiled during her time in quarantine. This song has such a cozy vibe to it, and has a totally Indie pop vibe to it. There truly is nothing that this singer can’t do. Here’s our final fan favorite!
The cool thing about this album is that there are groups of songs that relate to each other to tell a story. For example, “Betty,” “Seven,” and “August” tell the story of a love triangle between a boy and two girls. “Betty” tells the story from the point of view of the boy, and is reminiscent of a song from her earlier days.
Add These 3 Books To Your Summer Bookshelf Right Now!
You can try and tell us otherwise, but we simply don’t think there is anything better than lounging beach or poolside, with a bev- we mean, book in hand! All jokes aside, there’s some thing incredibly relaxing about being able to escape to another reality with each word. And if you’re lucky enough, your reading sesh will be followed by a nap, and amazing tan.
Not sure what books you should add to your summer reading list? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered and have compiled a short (but sweet!) must-read list for Summer 2021. Whether you read on a tablet or love the feeling of flipping crisp white pages, run (or scroll) to your nearest bookstore, because you don’t want to miss out on these!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
In the mood for a love story? Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a romance when lounging at the beach! This novel by Colleen Hoover (a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, may we add), should be at the top of your reading list this summer.
It Ends With Us tells the story of Lily, a young woman with roots in a small-town Maine, who relocates to city life in Boston. There, she meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon who has commitment issues but has a total soft spot for Lily. Quickly, she becomes the exception to his “no-dating rule,” and all is going well until Atlas, her first love suddenly comes back into the picture. This leaves Lily completely and utterly confused.
Who does she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read and find out!
The Good Sister: A Novel by Sally Hepworth
While we do love to fantacize and romanticize about our own lives while reading a good love story, we also can never seem to put down a good thriller! The Good Sister: A Novel has been a real hit from this genre, as of late, and for good reason!
The story tells the tale of family secrets the lengths that people will take to keep them hidden! Fern Castle is a librarian, who hates anything loud, bright, and any breaks in her routine can really throw her for a loop. She has a twin sister, Rose, who she shares dinner with several times a week. When Rose discovers that she cannot conceive a child, Fern sees the perfect opportunity to repay her sister for all that she’s done for her. All she needs to do is find a father. The process doesn’t come without hiccups, and of course, disruptions to Fern’s status quo. Along the way, she’ll discover family secrets and truly test the lengths at which family helps each other out.
Broken (In The Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a self-help/psychology book in this list! Really though, it’s 2021 folks, let’s start normalizing talking about mental health! This book by Jenny Lawson covers her struggles with mental health and depression, of course, while making us laugh with every page we turn! We’ll let Lawson tell you her story herself, but seriously guys, run! Don’t walk!
What are you planning on reading this summer?!
“FRIENDS” REBOOT TO PREMIERE THIS MAY ON HBO MAX! OMG!
Everyone, set your DVR’s, because this May, a new series will be premiering on HBO MAX. We think you’ll be hype to know that a “Friends” reboot has been in the works, and will finally be on the air this spring and summer!
We know what you’re thinking, and seriously, we can’t contain our excitement either! According to producers Steve Jansen and Melissa Banks, the series will be called, “Friends: The Final Chapter” and will feature members of the original cast, as well as some new faces.
It’s even been rumored that A-list celebrities like Sarah Hyland and Charlie Sheen will be making guest appearances. Fitting, because they are both NYC natives!
So what’s the show going to be about anyway?
We were wondering the same. In an exclusive interview, Banks said that the show is set to follow the modern-day lives of Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Ross after moving out of the big apple.
She said, “We think that bringing back the original cast for a reboot series will give fans of the show a sense of familiarity and comfort during such unprecedented times.”
To be honest, we couldn’t agree more!
To jog your memory, in the final episode of the show, which aired in 2004, the show tied up some loose ends in the storyline department. Ross and Rachel resumed their relationship, Monica and Chandler adopted a set of twins (Erica and Jack), and the crew hung out in Central Perk one last time before moving out of their apartments.
We are most excited to see what the iconic friends will be like in this reboot, and can’t wait to see the role that their fictional children play in the series. In case you forgot, in addition to Monica and Chandler’s adopted children, Ross and Rachel had a daughter named Emma in season 7.
If we did the math correctly, this would mean that the “Friends” kids are teens now, which should make for some pretty good comedy, especially if we get a glimpse of the family dynamics and parenting styles of the crew. Seriously though, think of Chandler and Ross as dads of teenage daughters…scary!
Regardless, we can’t wait to see what this series has in store.
According to Jansen, the first season will consist of ten 30 minute episodes. It’s not certain if a second season will be picked up, but we can only hope one will be.
Are you excited?!
Well, we hope that you didn’t get your hopes too high, because this is our way of saying…
Where Are They Now: The Office Cast
Be honest, how many times have you re-watched NBC’s The Office? For us, it’s way too many to count. Seriously, the antics of Michael Scott and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company never cease to make us die of laughter, no matter how many times we’ve seen each episode. Though the show ended in 2013, we’ve been wondering what the cast have been doing since then. We have done some pretty extensive research, and have all the answers.
Let’s get into it!
Thinking back on it, if The Office was aired in 2021, Michael Scott would be cancelled. Steve Carrell literally killed his performance as the quirky branch manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. His Hollywood career really hasn’t slowed down too much since the show ended 8 years ago. He’s starred in many feature films. To name a few, Freeheld, The Big Short, and Despicable Me. He’s also been involved in some pretty dope charity work, including joining the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays bail for those who can’t afford it.
You are lying to yourself if you don’t have a crush on John Krasinski, the handsome actor who played the role of Jim Halpert. He’s a dream! Krasinski has also made quite the name for himself following his role as Jim. In 2015, he co-starred in Aloha, alongside some pretty epic A-listers like Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper. More recently, he wrote and starred in A Quiet Place, with his gorgeous and talented wife, Emily Blunt. The two also welcomed daughters Hazel (7) and Violet (4) into the world since the show’s finale.
We give major kudos to Jenna Fischer for being one of the most lovable and unproblematic women in Hollywood. She’s sweet as can be in real life, just like Pam! She’s kept things low-key since the show wrapped up, but has acted in a few plays, like Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. In 2014, she had her second child with her husband, Lee Kirk. However, our favorite endeavor thus far since the show’s close is her podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey, Office Ladies.
We think that anything that comes from Dwight Schrute’s mouth is absolutely hysterical. Rainn Wilson did a fantastic job in this role, it was truly made for him! Since the show ended, he’s had roles in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and has been cast and even directed some Star Trek films. He’s also a huge advocate for climate change, and has even visited Greenland!
Before there was “Karen,” there was Angela. Angela Kinsey is another celebrity that we think is so genuine, and down to earth. In 2015, Kinsey tied the knot with longtime beau, Josh Snyder who is a baker. So sweet! See what we did there? She starred in Netflix’s series, Haters Back Off, which a televsion show based off of YouTube personality, Miranda Sings. Check it out, it’s pretty funny! Of course, she co-hosts the Office Ladies podcast with Jenna Fischer. During each episode, the two choose an episode and talk about all of the “behind the scenes” secrets, sometimes accompanied by fellow Dunder Mifflin alums. We highly recommend this podcast, if you need a daily dose of feel-good nostalgia.
First and foremost, can we just appreciate that Time Magazine named Mindy Kaling one of the most influential people of all time in 2013? She’s simply that good. After The Office, Kaling’s career continued to thrive, as she created Fox’s sitcom, The Mindy Project, and even voice acted in Disney films Wreck-It Ralph and Inside-Out. She has since had two children, a son, and a daughter. The most precious part of all, is that co-star BJ Novak is the godfather to both.
We have mixed feelings about Ryan Howard, but we really do adore BJ Novak who truly killed the role. Since graduating fromThe Office, he’s had several acting gigs, including guest starring on BFF Mindy Kaling’s series, The Mindy Project. He even appeared on shows like Community and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Our favorite project, however, has to be his children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. To be honest, we think this guy is a total genius. He’s even hinted at running for mayor of Los Angeles!
Who’s your favorite character from The Office?