OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Is Always Up for Learning

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

“I’m always up for learning. I think that you can’t get too stuck in your ways. You can’t get too complacent,” Taylor Swift recently told MTV about her new “Safe & Sound” video. And about why she let her co-performers, the Civil Wars, choose the director on this project. “I want to hear others people’s opinions and do things the way they do them. Honestly, I’ve never made a music video that looks like this.”

And by “this,” she means in a cemetery, in bare feet and a vintage 1920s nightgown, when it’s 40 degrees. But she told MTV that scene was one of the best parts. “That’s one of my favorite moments in the video. There’s this wide shot where I’m just crumpled up, sitting on a gravestone. And it’s actually the grave site of a couple who … died, in 1853.” Swift said she wondered what their lives were like. “Here we are, hundreds of years later, filming a music video on their graves. It’s really eerie, considering what the movie is about and how it deals with life and death,” she said. “It absolutely blew my mind.”