Song of the Day #4,599: ‘Begin Again (Live)’ – Taylor Swift

My final track in the Your Favorite Songs series is Taylor Swift’s ‘Begin Again,’ which showed up on both Amy and Madison’s lists. This is the final track, and second single, on Swift’s 2012 album Red.

Red is a fan favorite, perhaps because it gives equal weight to both her country roots and her shift toward pop. I placed it in the middle of the pack when ranking Swift’s albums last year.

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Song of the Day #4,565: ‘Ivy’ – Taylor Swift

After Taylor Swift blessed fans with two surprise full-length albums in 2020, the records were invariably paired up in interesting ways.

Swift called the second album, Evermore, a “sister record” to the earlier Folklore, prompting fans to match “sister songs” on the albums. Track 13 on one is about Swift’s grandfather, while track 13 on the other is about her grandmother. The video for ‘Willow’ picks up where ‘Cardigan’s video left off. Both albums feature duets with Bon Iver. And so on.

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Song of the Day #4,564: ”Tis the Damn Season’ – Taylor Swift

Happy New Year to all of my readers! Let’s hope 2021 finds us all happier and healthier.

And now, concluding my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore

#3. ‘Ivy’

This song is very reminiscent of ‘Invisible String,’ one of my favorite tracks on Folklore. I love the banjo and the chorus, both of which sound like classic Taylor. Swift plays the cheating wife in this song and sells the “illicit affair” with subtlety and mystery.

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Song of the Day #4,563: ‘Marjorie’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore

#6. ‘Cowboy Like Me’

Marcus Mumford provides very effective backing vocals on this old-school country ballad. This is the most I want to hear any man’s voice on a Taylor Swift song! A yarn about two con artists who fall in love, this is a beautiful, sadly seductive character sketch.

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Song of the Day #4,562: ‘Willow’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore

#9. ‘Champagne Problems’

I really like the melody of these verses, and the piano work on this song is sublime. The bridge is very familiar (especially the “one for the money, two for the show” part). I’m not sure if it sounds like a specific Taylor Swift song or just shares a general sound and style.

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