Endings (But Most Importantly, Beginnings)

You don’t have to worry, all your worried days are gone /
This will be our year, took a long time to come 

— The Zombies, This Will Be Our Year 

2020 was a year full of endings. 

We’ve all had to say goodbye to more things than we could possibly have imagined, from school to work to friends and family. We’ve closed more doors than we’ve opened, watching as all our plans and aspirations for the year slowly flushed themselves down the metaphorical drain. And we’ve all read the same thing I’m writing right now, reworded over and over until our brains have learnt to gloss over phrases like “in these trying times” or “now more than ever”.

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Taylor Swift’s “Evermore”

Taylor Swift just never stops, does she?

Her surprise eighth album, Folklore, lent comfort to many of us during the lonely blue summer of 2020, full of the singer’s signature vivid storytelling making a comeback through melancholic tunes acceptable to the average indie listener. Fans and industry insiders alike were stunned by the suddenness of the album’s release, but little did they know that it was only a taste of what was to come—less than six months later, Swift announced that she was releasing a “sister record” to Folklore, another album recorded during quarantine and titled Evermore. 

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