(Editor’s Note: Yes, I have no idea what I’m doing either)
Dear Taylor, since your new single came out, the “Haters” have been in full force, which has led this 50-something to come out and do some deciphering. Of course, I have no idea if you or your record label even use WordPress, so this is a stab in the dark and I mean this literally, since it is 3 in the morning as I am typing this. OK, you have the image at the end of “Look What You Made Me Do” of all the personas of your previous videos, the “Old Taylor” which is now “dead” and snapping at each other at video’s end. The name of your upcoming album is “reputation” and correct me if I’m wrong, a reputation is earned in many ways, more notably it can be earned one thing at a time. In your case, that “reputation” can be in the many hits that you have blessed “Swifties” of all ages with, the personas in the videos that you have brilliantly crafted. It is(or was) common practice for an artist to come up with an “Greatest Hits” compilation when the artist has enough hits to come up with such a package. So far, we know of 2 singles from your upcoming album and in a “Greatest Hits” package, there are usually 2 or 3 new songs to go with the older material. I want to be right about this, knowing how brilliant you are in crafting your image, only you know the answer to this, so I’m making this call at 3:18 in the morning: “reputation” is a greatest hits package. If that is the case, then I have a cracked a code, but if am I wrong, let it be because I can be such an emotional mess when people or personalities I know can have their “reputation” attacked like a knife going through one’s back. Taylor, you are that good, not to mention oh-so-pretty, so I admit I was going out on a limb even writing this. I will always have your back no matter what happens to you, so I’ll close by saying best of luck with the album, however it will be composed and thanks for adding the occasional ray of sunshine to a 50-something’s life. Sincerely yours, Chuck.
Oh, say hi to Meredith and Olivia for me.