A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there aren't any surprises in this Taylor Swift single. Just like most of Swift's other hits, it's a song about young love and the joys of youthful crushes, sprinkled with bits of her trademark self-awareness. Although the song is about love, there's no need to worry about sexy stuff here as it's all perfectly innocent. However, parents should make a note that although this single is safe for nearly all ages, the movie it's inspired by, Valentine's Day, is rated PG-13.
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What's the story?
"TODAY WAS A FAIRYTALE" might sum up the single's debut for Taylor Swift. On its first day of sales on iTunes the single sold close to 100,000 digital downloads. That brings Swift's digital sales to over 25 million, a staggering number. Besides its stellar sales performance, the single is also making awards news. It's being reported that Swift will perform the song at this year's Grammy Awards. This is sure to be only the beginning of the headlines for Swift, with this single coming off the soundtrack for the film, Valentine's Day, which also marks the singer's acting debut.
Is it any good?
Taylor Swift's genuine appeal shines on this single as she doles out sweet-sounding lyrics with her subtle country guitar in the background. Her songwriting skills come through with bits of everyday life intermixed with the traditional love themes. "Today was a fairytale, I wore a dress, you wore a dark grey t-shirt, you told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess, today was a fairytale." It's no surprise why her songs are instantly accessible to teen audiences. You can almost hear the clang of lockers and the smell of chem lab while listening to these idealistic lyrics of first loves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Taylor Swift as a role model. Do you think she is someone young girls in particular should aspire to emulate? How does her image differ from other female pop stars?
How do you think music is used to promote a movie? Are you paying more attention to the film Valentine's Day since hearing this single? Do you think the movie's promoters knew that a Taylor Swift single would attract major attention for the film? What other ways do movies try to attract attention from young people?
Talk about setting realistic goals. Looking at Taylor Swift's record-breaking career, do you feel insecure about your own accomplishments in comparison, or does her success inspire you to dream big as well? What things do you think Swift has to sacrifice now that she is a mega-music star? Would you like to trade places with her for a day or a year?