Taylor Swift Opens Up About Her Songwriting Inspirations

Andie Manahan

July 10, 2018


Taylor Swift just interviewed Pattie Boyd for Harper’s Bazaar. And the two ladies chatted up a storm on everything from the Beatles, Eric Clapton, muses, and songwriting.


The “Reputation” singer called them both “women whose lives have been deeply influenced by songs and songwriting.” But they stood on opposite sides of the process – Pattie as the muse, and Taylor as a songwriter.


Pattie Boyd is the inspiration behind the Eric Clapton classics “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and The Beatles’ song “Something.” And while discussing the subject of finding inspiration to write songs, Taylor opened up about hers. “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,” she revealed. “A lot of songwriting is things you learn, structure, and cultivating that skill, and knowing how to craft a song.”



She went on to explain, “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. It can get complicated on every other level, but the songwriting is still the same uncomplicated process it was when I was 12 years old writing songs in my room.”


As for finding a muse of her own, “I don’t know what it is that makes some people really creatively inspiring. There have been people I’ve spent a lot of time with who I just couldn’t write about,” she shared. “I don’t know. It’s just that some people come into your life and they have this effect on you.”


After reading Pattie’s memoir, Wonderful Tonight, Taylor was so inspired by Pattie’s story and outlook in life and called it her “pleasure” to interview one of music’s greatest muses. She also said she would love to look back on her life with “the same clarity, wisdom, and peace” that Pattie seems to have.