Dear readers,

I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. Well, kind of the whole year, really.

But you know what’s gotten me through it more than anyone else? Taylor Swift.

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New Taylor, old Taylor, country, pop, or folk Taylor; Ms. Swift’s music has been the soundtrack to my life since I was 14 years old, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.

That’s a testament to the power of art and music; the power of one artist to bring you raucous joy, cathartic tears, bedroom dance sessions, and unbridled enthusiasm.

I’m sure that all of us have an artist like this in our lives. A song we always come back to, or a book we always reread. The arts are our safety blankets in times of stress, sorrow, and suffering.

Our Arts/Music issue explores a vast array of topics from video game music, custom sneaker design, nightcore, city pop, and the art of drag. What we find throughout all of these stories is that technology and accessibility have played a major role in the way we consume art, even if the high volume of art and music available to us can feel overwhelming at times (see Emma Butler’s article on the struggle of connecting with new music).

In our globally connected world, every piece of art and music that ever was can be enjoyed forever. That’s a hefty privilege, and one we should not take for granted.

Still, if like me, you find yourself listening to Midnights for 700th time in a week instead… well, that’s OK too.


Hannah Theodore

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