Lots of people ask about All Too Well intro/speeches and while I don’t have time to post them all, I really like this one, and you and hear the emotion in Taylor’s voice, so I thought I should post it. Live in Berlin :)
"A lot of the time, when I’m lucky enough to get you meet you guys before or after my shows, a lot of the time I get asked one question more than most of the other questions. And that question is related to songwriting and is there a certain place where I go to write songs, or is there a certain time I write songs the most. The answer to that question is that I could get an idea for a song at any point in the day, at any time no matter where I am, there could be some idea that hits me and all of the sudden I have to go and grab my guitar or sit at the piano and write it. But if I’m writing a song in the middle of the night like if I wake up and I have an idea to write a song, chances are it’s because I’m trying to forget somebody, and chances are it’s because maybe I miss somebody that I shouldn’t miss, because they’re bad for me, and I know that I can’t pick up the phone and call them, so I write a song instead. The term trying to forget someone is so awful because you‘ll never forget someone if you’re trying to forget them. This was a song that I wrote when I was trying to forget someone but really all it did was remind me that I remembered it all too well.”
I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don’t really feel like taking them off. It’s not an urge I have. For me “risky” is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That’s putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off.