Taylor Swift Entertainment Weekly interview. Do you still get a surge of emotion when nominations happen? I got a text from Lena as soon as it happened and she’s like, ‘Holy Golden Globe nomination!’ And I texted back: ‘Don’t lie, that’s not funny.’
And I called her up and I was screaming. And she was screaming. And then Jack woke up and he was screaming. It happened on my birthday so it was the most unbelievable occurrence. Is there another artist that you’ve always wanted to work with? I’m kinda obsessed with Sia. Always have been.
What have you not accomplished career-wise that you really want to do? Oh so much! How much time do you have? Well, what’s a couple of the biggest things you want to accomplish? One thing I’ve tried to never do is make wish lists. I try to have a very steppingstone mentality about this whole thing, where as soon as you make one step you visualize the next step, not five steps ahead.
There’s a line in the movie that’s almost word-for-word that metaphor. That’s the way I’ve always looked at my career. I would love to win another Grammy. I would love to get to go the Oscars someday. That’s why I’m so happy to get to be a part of movies.
Speaking of next steps, you recently said your next album is ahead of schedule. Roughly when should that be expected?
They would be so mad at me if I told you what I have in my head as far as the plan goes, and I hate to say a plan and then change it. A great deal of what will happen this year has to do with what will happen this next month. But for me writing the next record, it usually takes me awhile to find the new sound. It usually takes me a year to shed the last album’s sound and start anew. And this one just started on new territory.
You keep segueing perfectly to the next question on my list–
Which is: You’ve said you have a new sound for this album. How would you describe that?
Hmm. Describing it is difficult. At the core of what I do, it’s always going to revolve around a confessional storyline and filling my fans in on what my life has actually been. It’s become this lifeline between me and my friends and they know that no matter what they read in some magazine, they’re going to hear the actual accounting of it when the album comes out. I’ve always written songs for the same reason — to sort through my emotions. As I grow up, the lessons I learn in love and relationships and how we treat each other are hopefully maturing — hopefully.
We also have some questions for our Christmas survey. The first song you want to listen to when you start playing Christmas music each year?
So many! Colbie Caillat has a great Christmas album I’m obsessed with. I love the She & Him Christmas stuff. Bing Crosby, of course. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Beach Boys have great Christmas music. Train has this song called “Shake Up Christmas.” I have so many favorite Christmas songs right now.
What’s the hidden-gem Christmas song you wish more people knew about?
Huh.. Can I get out my phone?
Absolutely. That’s not cheating.
Okay. I’m on it! There’s one called “It’s Christmas Time” by Jules Larson, that I find to be just delightful. Oh, and Fountains of Wayne has a song called “Valley Winter Song.” I’m obsessed with it and I’ve turned it in my mind into a Christmas song.
And what is the one Christmas song that you cannot stand?
I don’t have one really. I only download the ones I like.