Taylor Swift, at a young age, has indelibly made her mark on music, be it country or pop. Besides that, she has impacted me. To be perfectly honest, I'm not a Taylor Swift superfan, (Don't send me hate mail) I don't have every (or any) album. I don't play guitar, and if I did, I wouldn't have started because of her. You won't find posters of her in my room, What you will find is a desk with a hutch. In that hutch lies a binder full (to use a Romneyism) of lyrics to songs I've written. That's where Taylor comes in. I've always loved music. My grandparents say I used to sing kids songs in the car and know all the words, totally on pitch, but you couldn't look at me or else I'd stop. I cried at applause the first time I went onstage. My uncle is a freelance songwriter, as a sort of hobby, and he and I wrote my first one together on a plane back from Hawaii about my vacation (entitled Paradise) when i was about 8. Then I sang, and pretty soon Taylor Swift hit the big time. I thought her songs were good. Then I turned 13, started 7th grade, and had some trouble in Pre-Algebra, One day, feeling so confused, opened my math notebook and wrote my first real song, Swimming and Sinking. That followed with others, and I've been writing for over a year now. I have several inspirations, each one for a different reason. Taylor is one of my inspirations because her music has lyrical substance and is not wrought with effects and mixing so they meaning of the song isn't conveyed, weather it's pop or country. People may view Taylor Swift as a lovesick teenager who keeps getting her heart broken by celebrity beaus. There have been numerous speculation about which song is about which boyfriend, but that is irrelevant. I think this for the same reason I seldom show any of my songs to anyone. Reading my lyric book merits the same intrusion as reading a diary. So as far as I'm concerned, whatever song Taylor wrote about whatever boy is her business. What she gives to us is resonant material. What she gives to me is inspiration.