Taylor Swift and Lorde: Songwriting Soul Sisters

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde talks about her new friendship with Taylor Swift.

Lorde, 17, recently helped Swift celebrate her 24th birthday when she was in Australia, and now, the two reportedly text about shopping.

“Taylor’s super good at this stuff,” Lorde said. “She’s decorated her own houses for ages.”

And even though their music isn’t very much alike, Lorde does say she and Swift are a couple of the only real teenage voices left in the industry.

“There are very few of us,” she said. “The other teenagers sing other people’s songs, which is fine, but it’s not an authentic teenage experience.”

But even beyond those comments about Swift, I can see how much the two would have in common. Especially when it comes to putting pen to paper to start a song and letting yourself be obsessed with making music.

These are things Lorde told Rolling Stone, that sound just like things Taylor Swift might’ve said:

“I am really into how words sound out loud, so I was always the kid who would, like, read the page of the book to herself in her room over and over and over.”

“I have this thing with, like, words being in that perfect order, and you know exactly how they’re trying to make you feel. And the order of the words … just, like, slapping you in the heart.”

“I’ve totally learned in this process that 99 percent of the time, your gut is right, and you know what’s right for you. I know exactly what’s right for my career and for my art, and sometimes, even if the whole room is saying, ’Don’t do that, don’t do that,’ you know that doing that is going to be good for you in the long run. So, yeah, I guess it’s a balance between listening to what other people say and not listening.”

“When you’re writing for someone else, you can make it up … it can be drawn from your experiences, but it doesn’t have to be. And there’s something fun about that. You can just sort of write something in 20 minutes and be like, ’Oh, well, it doesn’t matter if anyone uses it.’ I like the kind of casual nature of that.”

“My advice to young people wanting to make music and to be in this industry is to really spend your time making music. Make so much music, you have no friends. If you’re making cool art, then everything else will fall into line, I think. If it’s good enough, if it’s cool enough, if it has enough emotion in it, people will listen, and people will love it. And there’s nothing else.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.