Red

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


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It’s a new month, Readers! And I guess it’s time for new theme for the post. Well, during last March I had been shared about “the life so far”, or as I called it My Choices: Continue Living. So, for this April, as a continuation of the last theme we had, I’m gonna give a name for this month’s theme: Lost and Found. No, it’s not a section in a shopping mall or airport. But yes, it probably has the same meaning, because perhaps, in this month’s posts, you would meet things that have lost from your life, or, you would find things that you’ve been searching for in life, or maybe both. So, been living for a fourth of a century makes me think about so many things, and one of them is; what I have lost and found in life so far. This triggers me to make it the theme of the month. And of course, mostly I would talk about love. Well, talking about love is never getting old, right?

Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street, faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly. Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall, like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all.” –Taylor Swift, Red

Here is the first song for Lost and Found; it’s “Red” by Taylor Swift. Well, so yesterday we ended the previous theme with her song, and now we begins the new theme with her another song. She said that she writes songs that are like diary entries, and she has to do that to feel sane. Well said, Miss Swift. I write to feel sane too, so I feel related at that part. And here, “Red” was released as the promotional title track for her fourth studio album of the same name on October 2nd 2012. It was served as the fifth single released from the album on June 21st 2013. The country song with pop and rock influences was written by Swift herself. Red was the colour she chose to represent the emotions of the album; spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all in mind, and all those emotions are red. She said that there’s nothing in between; there is nothing beige about any of those feelings. And the inspirations came from the sexy, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships she had before.

"Red" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Some things are just hard to forget. Sometimes it happens because the emotions involved with them were so intense and red represents the colour of intense emotion. “Red” is the highlight of the album, if I may say. It contains the intense emotions throughout the song. And it’s about the thing that is just too hard to forget; the thing that we’ve lost, just too fast right after we found it. “Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street, faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly. Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall, like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all.” The love happens too fast; we fall too fast, it passes too fast, they go away too fast, it ends too fast. But the thing is, it’s not a guarantee that it will fade so fast too. ‘Easy come, easy go’ doesn’t apply in here. Because everything is so fast yet so intense; too deep. Indeed, love isn’t about quantity, but quality. “Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you. Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song. Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer. Regretting him was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong.”
We found him, and realized that he was everything that we ever wanted, we needed. We found him, and knew that falling in love with him was so easy. We found him, and understood that the road was rough. We found him, and there was no regret. We found him, but we lost him right away, and we both were hurt. “Losing him was blue like I’d never known. Missing him was dark grey all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. But loving him was red.” To forget someone we found so precious, someone we’ve lost, is impossible, indeed. To remember that someone, is as easy as falling in love with that person. “Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes. Tell myself it’s time now, gotta let go. But moving on from him is impossible when I still see it all in my head in burning red.” Then don’t try to forget. Because letting go doesn’t mean forgetting. And don’t rush to move on. Because forgetting doesn’t mean moving on. “And that’s why he’s spinning ‘round in my head, comes back to me, burning red.” It’s just the love that happens too fast; a super thrilling yet exciting short course of a roller-coaster, and it leaves a deep impression in our heart and mind. Just know that, every ride is worth the pain and memory. “His love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street.”

Taylor Swift on the "Red" music video - source: newnownext.com

A music video for “Red” was released on July 3rd 2013. The video featured footage from Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour, which became the highest-grossing tour of all time by a country artist, grossing over 150 million US dollars. Knowing the background story of how the album written, I find an interesting story that Miss Swift shared in an interview. She stated that one of her ex-boyfriend called her after listening to the tracks, saying, “I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.” She said, that felt nice. And that it was a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it, but one of those people happened to be a songwriter. Well, everything is eventually beautiful when the time has come. All that you found, and lost, are sparking red parts of your life. They gave colours on it. They made it bright.

Losing him was blue like I’d never known. Missing him was dark grey all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. But loving him was red.” –Taylor Swift, Red



“Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street
Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly
Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall
Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all

Losing him was blue like I’d never known, missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red, loving him was red

Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you
Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer
Regretting him was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong

Losing him was blue like I’d never known, missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red, oh, red, burning red

Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes, tell myself it’s time now, gotta let go
But moving on from him is impossible when I still see it all in my head
In burning red, burning, it was red

Oh, losing him was blue like I’d never known, missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
‘Cause loving him was red, yeah, yeah, red, we’re burning red

And that’s why he’s spinning ‘round in my head, comes back to me, burning red

His love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street”

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