This is not to suggest that Taylor has not experienced pain. Everyone has. But where she fails -- and where most pop music fails -- is that she has not communicated that pain in an honest way. She is not leveling with us, and in music, that doesn't fly.
What gets me are all the Kennedy-haters out there warning Taylor (in print) to "run don't walk" to the nearest exit; that Conor is a Kennedy and Miss Swift will surely end up in some tragic situation.
Sure, pop music seems to have little in the way of ... umm ... depth. The question is whether God is present even in what can seem to be vacuously superficial. Can what initially appears to be a cheesy song be a way to imagine God singing sweet nothings to you?
As useful and universal as the experience of living with the list has been, I can't help thinking: Isn't there something else we might add to the roster? We're always changing and growing, after all; mightn't The List reach in new directions too?
Wal-Mart continues to exploit its workers, and instead of doing the right thing, the company spends its money to buy workers an afternoon with Justin Timberlake in grass hula skirt.
At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20th, music nominees, presenters and performers such as Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Usher and Alicia Keys received a Sports Sac weekender bag full of goodies ranging from clothing to electronics to vacation getaways.
How do you define a hater? List qualities of a friend. Look at that list. Haters won't possess the qualities you seek out in people. Sometimes we have friends that are constantly tearing us apart -- no constructive criticism, just negativity.
When I'm having a bad day, nothing puts me in a better mood than jamming out to the songs on my iPod's "Inspiration" playlist.
Everybody needs a Thneed. The question is, does anybody need Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the feature-length, CG animated, 3D, big screen adaptation of the legendary children's author's environmental parable?
There will always be sensational outliers in the world of pop music. But for every Chris Brown, there is a Bon Iver; for every Lady Gaga, there is a Mumford and Sons.
Over the next two weeks, I'm going to share a series of interviews with some of the music industry's heroes and working stiffs who literally brought you this year's awesome Grammy Awards with nary a hiccup. First up at bat is Phil Ramone.
Because the Beach Boys are not only reuniting and performing on the Grammy Awards -- they're also completely redefining the use of the word "Boys."
Every year Animal Fair Media readers vote for the celebrity pet they believe are: The Most Eligible Pets. Hopeful contenders are 'wing pets' to some of the most recognizable media darlings from the sports, political and entertainment industries.
Come January 31, 2012, Jeff Lorber Fusion's Galaxy album will hit the streets. Here's a taste of the album, a track titled "Horace," that's an exclusive download for readers of The Huffington Post.
I do not know if Herman Cain ever cheated with Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White. But this much I do know: the worse the personal behavior, the better the song.