August 6, 2007
This song has been among the top country downloads for weeks, even though it’s yet to be a single. Hearing it, it’s easy to see why. Swift’s success is being powered by a startlingly passionate female teenage fan base. Now, I’m not anywhere near that demographic, so she hasn’t done much for me, but she doesn’t irritate me in the way that some country stars who pander to their female teenage fan base do. Taylor Swift is a teenage girl, and she’s sincerely writing from her perspective, and her audience is responding to it.
And I must admit, I smiled listening to “Our Song.” There’s a youthful exuberance and enthusiasm to it, capturing the need to make mundane things bigger than they really are just because that’s how they seem when you’re a teenager. I can’t relate to it at my age, but I imagine much of the songs I like these days wouldn’t resonate with Swift’s fan base, and we all need music to relate to, don’t we?
If her talent continues to grow with her age, she just might be one of those artists who indoctrinates a good chunk of her generation to the joys of country music. If those young girls who swooned over “Wide Open Spaces” were able to jam to “Long Time Gone” a few years later, who knows what Swift might have them jamming to a few years after “Our Song”?
Listen: Our Song
Buy: Our Song