Taylor Swift is on the cover of the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar giving you some second-tier Austin Powers spy sidekick (code name: Awholelotta Bland). But that’s sort of intentional; Taylor’s interview inside the magazine was conducted between herself and 1960’s British model and music girlfriend icon Pattie Boyd.
Taylor and Pattie mostly talked about songwriting, because Taylor writes songs and Pattie has songs written about her. Pattie was married to George Harrison during the height of The Beatles’ popularity, then later married (and divorced) George’s good friend Eric Clapton. Taylor says she recently read Pattie’s 2007 memoir Wonderful Tonight, which is how these two hooked up. Much different from my theory, which is that Taylor was browsing through pics of WASP-y retro glamour on Pinterest for her next image transformation, found a picture of Pattie, and thought “Yes! That’s it! Now bring me some go-go boots with a modest heel!” Or maybe that’s just what she yelled at Harper’s on-set stylist:
Pattie asked Taylor about her songwriting process, which Taylor describes as follows:
“There are definitely moments when it’s like this cloud of an idea comes and just lands in front of your face, and you reach up and grab it. A lot of songwriting is things you learn, structure, and cultivating that skill, and knowing how to craft a song. But there are mystical, magical moments, inexplicable moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head. And that’s the purest part of my job.”
Ah, those mystical, magical moments, like when you get called out in a lie by a Kardashian.
Taylor also asked Pattie what advice she’d give to a 28-year-old who is “deeply inspired” by Pattie’s outlook on life. The 28-year-old in question is obviously Taylor Swift. Pattie answered that she needs to remember that everything changes and nothing stays the same. That was very reassuring advice for Taylor, I’m sure. Taylor was probably wearing a hole in the floor from pacing back and forth, wondering what the hell she was going to write about now that she and Katy Perry aren’t fighting anymore.