Take it from Tay! Taylor Swift has taken time out of her schedule to pen an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal about the future of music. The 24-year-old revealed she doesn't think the music industry is "dying" but that it's just now coming "alive."
"Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you're reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist," Swift wrote, going on to say that she believes "the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work."
The "Red" songstress also addressed declining album sales. "I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them," the seven-time Grammy winner wrote. "They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone."
Swift went on to say artists can maintain their fans by considering it—in true Taylor fashion—like a romantic relationship. "I think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise … I believe couples can stay in love for decades if they just continue to surprise each other, so why can't this love affair exist between an artist and their fans?"
The leggy blonde also shared her own personal experience with the shifting industry in relation to social media, pointing out how fans no longer ask for autographs but for selfies. "There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento 'kids these days' want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be 'how many followers you have on Instagram.'"
However, there are "some things that will never change," Swift said, adding, "there will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians" which even she plans to watch play out as she gets older.
"I'll just be sitting back and growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism," she concluded, "And I'd also like a nice garden."