The Making of a Song
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Taylor Swift's promotional series highlights hard work.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights the work and creativity that goes into songwriting and producing.
Positive Role Models
It's all about Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift.
Violence & Scariness
Lyrics occasionally refer to disagreements, insults.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lyrics sometimes contain innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
The show is a promotional vehicle for Taylor Swift's album Reputation.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics talk about drinking, getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Making of a Song is a streaming series that features singer Taylor Swift writing songs and producing music for her Reputation album. Swift's fans of all ages will enjoy it, but the lyrics often contain sexual innuendo and references to drinking and relationship fights.
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What's the Story?
THE MAKING OF A SONG is a streaming series that offers a chance for fans to watch Taylor Swift's songwriting process. Filmed by Swift herself, it shows how she goes about creating and fine-tuning the songs released on her album Reputation. Viewers get to watch her write and memorize lyrics, play guitar and piano as she works on the rhythms that will accompany them, and eventually record a full version of the song. She's also shown sharing and discussing her music with her producer. At the end of each installment, the audio of the final version of the song is played and the lyrics are visibly written out for viewers to read for themselves.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting behind-the-scenes series is a fun glimpse into Swift's personal creative process as she works on the tracts that appear on her album. The Making of a Song also showcases the length of time and the amount of effort it takes for her to produce a single song -- it's not a quick process most of the time.
Swift is likable throughout, but hearing her belt out the same lyrics over and over again in an effort to get them right can be tedious for those not interested in the songwriting process. Nonetheless, fans of the singer will appreciate the look into her private world.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the creative process. What kind of work goes into writing and producing songs? Are you surprised by the work that goes into it?
Why do you think Taylor Swift produced The Making of a Song? Is it to highlight what her professional life is like? Or is it intended to promote her music?
- Premiere date: November 14, 2017
- Cast: Taylor Swift
- Network: DirecTV
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: April 27, 2020
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