It’s such a strange thought that this time last year, we hadn’t even begun our journey together, since you are now such a big part of my life. You have restored my faith in music and the ways in which it can help me and others. In a year of such uncertainty and fear, I'm eternally grateful for the music we made. You generously shared your songwriting genius with me and others on these records — and made everyone involved feel appreciated and confident in their work. I can't say enough positive things about you as an artist and a person. - Aaron Dessner
Working with taylor is a full connection to all of the wonder of making music. Knowing her and making work with her gives me faith in the ability for people to grow. To actual grow. It has been a one of the most deeply important personal and creative relationships in my life. Thank god I met you at that bizarre show in Germany all those years ago. I adore you and I adore this album. Thank you for listening and believing in what I was doing before I had produced a single record. Damn Taylor. - Jack Antonoff
There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them. And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. [...] I have no idea what will come next. I have no idea about a lot of things these days and so I’ve clung to the one thing that keeps me connected to you all. That thing always has and always will be music. - Taylor Swift
“Someone who you would want to provide with peace, someone that you love and so you want them to have as much peace in their life as possible and reconciling the fact that you might not be their best option for that- but is it still a deal they wanna take?”
one year of folklore event day four - favorite moment of the long pond studio sessions
A tale that becomes folklore is one that is passed down and whispered around. Sometimes even sung about. The lines between fantasy and reality blur and the boundaries between truth and fiction become almost indiscernible. Speculation, over time, becomes fact. Myths, ghost stories, and fables.
Fairytales and parables. Gossip and legend. Someone’s secrets written in the sky for all to behold.
In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve.
Aaron Dessner: In addition to the work we did together on folklore and evermore, I recently had the pleasure of helping @taylorswift rediscover and reinterpret some of her past work. As always, it was an honor to be able to collaborate with her... I produced the first unreleased "From the Vault" song Taylor is releasing tonight at midnight eastern - "You All Over Me" is from Fearless (Taylor's version) and features the incredible @marenmorris on background vocals. I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed making it!
thinking about the scene from folklore: long pond studio sessions where Aaron Dessner said to Taylor Swift that he interpreted the lyric "no I could never give you peace" from the point of view of someone with mental illness who is never at peace, and now they've both collaborated again to make a song from the POV of the other person in the relationship- where she asks, "is it insensitive of me to ask you to get your shit together?"
something so casually cruel & honest about this all.