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Taylor Swift Usually Tosses Her First Batch of Songs

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If you ever see new songwriters digging through Taylor Swift’s garbage, now you know why.

Taylor Swift says she usually tosses all the songs she writes in the year after she puts out a new album.


“I kind of know that whatever I write in the first year is gonna get thrown away, because I’m gonna like it, but it’s gonna sound a little bit like the last project I had,” she told reporters recently. “And then the second year usually ends up sounding like the next project.”

Taylor says she doesn’t want to just rehash old hits.

“At this point, I feel like staying the same is the easy way to go, but it’s not the way that I want to go,” she said.

“Creatively, I think you need to challenge yourself. I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you’ve been inspired by before,” Taylor adds.

“It’s harder to call up people you don’t know and work with them for the first time, and it’s harder to think of topics you haven’t covered and think of new ways to say old emotions that everyone feels, but that’s the goal at this point.”

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