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Taylor Swift is thriving this pandemic, and honestly, I’m envious.
Social distancing did her well by pushing her creativity into overdrive. Aside from gifting the world with two folk-inspired albums, folklore and evermore – comfy cardigans for our weary souls – Taylor finally found the time to re-record her past works as promised. The nostalgia train started when Fearless came out earlier this year, which had most of us looking back not only at her sweet, guitar-toting beginnings but also at times when we were screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain. 👀 She even released the new version of “Wildest Dreams,” so we’re seeing 1989 (Taylor’s Version) in hindsight.
For now, Red is next in line, and more blood will be shed. In the spirit of being casually cruel in the name of being honest, I advise that you have these drinks with you as you re-listen to a Taylor Swift magnum opus – and inadvertently open up some old wounds and moods:
Track inspo: “Red”
If you have loved like you drove a Maserati down a dead-end street, you need a glass of red to soak in the emotions of Taylor’s own color symphony. Just like the rollercoaster ride of losing, missing, forgetting (but not really), and loving someone, a Merlot can present a range of flavors and notes from blackberries to cocoa. Getting carried away in such polyphony at once can be euphoric – like love.
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Track inspo: “All Too Well”
No one writes heartbreak as vividly as Taylor does, and, fine, Adele. One of the fan favorites (which is sadly not a single), is the mapanakit (painful) “All Too Well.” The original clocked at 5 ½ minutes, but the “Taylor’s Version” is confirmed to be even longer – at 10 minutes – so expect this is one to be twice as agonizing and beautiful. Don’t worry, though, a glass of vodka and a red scarf will numb it a bit.
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Track inspo: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Assuming you know better now than to flirt with danger, let’s just take these bad relationships in stride and sing along to one of Taylor’s first full-on pop hits like it’s 2012. A can of the Strong Zero variant of horoyoi (a fruity Japanese drink) should get you in a karaoke mood, but hopefully not in trouble, trouble, trouble.
Track inspo: “22”
I know: what a confluence of emotions. But that’s what being 22 is like. You’re free and happy to have made it out of college, but also confused and lonely about the path that lies ahead because it’s all you from then on. (Or was it just me?) Whatever ambivalence you had, let’s toast to a shot of soju that’s fruity, sweet, bitter, and strong at the same time – and for surviving that rollercoaster of feels.
Track inspo: “Everything Has Changed”
Ah, to be in love. Have you met someone and immediately thought, “I just want to know you better now,” and have been with him or her ever since? Congratulations! Now go play this song, eat carbonara, and pop some Chardonnay because you’ll be going back in time to that moment when you knew something you didn’t before. 🥰
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Track inspo: “The Last Time”
Because marupok ka (you’re vulnerable), you need some beer, honey. It takes courage to salvage a dwindling affair, and the least you both can do is to try drowning the sorrows of the past. Ate Taylor knows that feeling all too well (pun unintended) – letting someone in just to watch him or her go again – so reflect on your life decisions by listening to this song with the help of some liquid courage.
Track inspo: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Are you finally done dealing with someone whose indie record collection is much cooler than yours? Great. Round up your friends on an e-numan sesh and bring out the tequila. You’ll need it once they start telling you what they really thought of your toxic ex-jowa (partner) whenever he or she tries to pick fights, which you can all just laugh at as you start anew.
You bet that I’ll be listening to this masterpiece over and over again once it drops – with a drink in hand. Any other Red drinks in mind? Let us know, Swifties. – Rappler.com
Note: Drink responsibly.
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