In optimisms that the world would return to “normal,” some artists are required by the pandemic to delay on their 2020 releases for a few months or even a year.
Some gave people great projects for them to enjoy during difficult times. Taylor Swift is one of them. The singer released two projects this year, first Folklore, then the new Evermore. However, Swift says both albums were almost delayed until next year.
In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe she says: “There was a time in the beginning of the process where I was like ‘I will wait till January when things are looking more normal then I will put out ‘folklore.’” She continues, “I was like that’s my old brain thinking that there’s any way that I can control this.” She additionally clarified that the pandemic caused her to abandon her typical approaches to creating music.
“This is one of those things where I kind of had to just sort of throw out any playbook I had,” she said. “In times like these when everything is uncertain and everything changes in your world, I guess I just sort of took it as an opportunity to embrace the fact that even if you think you have control in normal times that’s an illusion.” She added, “If you’re making stuff, put it out if people need music and you’ve made music put it out.”
In the 50-minute interview, Taylor also talked about grappling with the creative process. “I had felt at times – when I felt a lot of pressure – like I was doing some sort of obstacle course, and that’s not how you should feel when you’re creating,” Swift said.