Finally, we can just listen to Taylor Swift sing and not worry about decoding her lyrics. (Right?) Promoting her new album Speak Now in Britain, Swift did an acoustic cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” for BBC Radio 2. Watch it below. Once you get past the cameraman repeatedly focusing on Swift’s left hand when it looks like she’s giving someone the middle finger (she’s just playing her guitar), it’s a captivating performance that reminds you that Swift is most powerful when she shows her confidence by sitting and staring down the camera (not when she’s dancing, flipping her hair, getting soaked with water, or having a costume ripped off of her to reveal another one).
“Viva La Vida” certainly fits her voice, as do the song’s king and castle references. This is, after all, the girl who saw herself as a princess in “Love Story” and then not as a princess in “White Horse.” You may also recall that New Age pianist and composer Jon Schmidt arranged a mash-up of “Love Story” and “Viva La Vida” last year. Watch that below as well. As Schmidt explains in his video, “Love Story” was his daughter’s favorite song and she loved the key change — when the girl thinks the boy has been scared off, but he returns to tell her that he talked to her and she should go pick out a white dress. When he was arranging the song, he wanted to extend that moment. “It just felt like it should go to ‘Viva La Vida,'” he said, laughing. Looks like Swift was a fan.
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