“This is unlike any show I will ever play again and have ever played before,” announced Taylor Swift during her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift taping at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. This is a big admittance coming from one of today’s brightest stars. Forget all the high-grossing and guest-starring tours that have taken her round the world, the turns she’s taken on Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America and the Grammys, and the stages she’s shared with everyone from Tim McGraw to T.I. to James Taylor, becauseVH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift was unlike anything she’s ever done before because it gave her a chance to air the story behind her biggest hits and favorite songs before she performs them. So, mark your calenders, set your DVRs, and tune-in on Sunday, November 11th at 6PM EST and again at 11PM EST to VH1 for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift. And because we can’t wait until then, we thought we would share this sneak peak of Taylor playing the title track of her brand new album Red.
Taylor is a preternaturally gifted storyteller who has been able to share and shape her world through song. Each track holds tiny piece of her experience — often in love, but sometimes with growing up or having fun with friends — and fans have made a real game of guessing what and who exactly they are all about. There was no guessing during her Storytellers session, though, because for one night she was there to tell us straight.
And so, pretty in a white sateen dress and on a red guitar, she got ready to perform “Red,” a song about, she says, “a relationship that I had that was the worst thing ever and the best thing ever at the same time.” Before playing, Taylor brushed the brainy Harvey Mudd crowd up on her color theory: “Red is such an interesting color to me because you have the great part of red, the red emotions that are daring and bold and passion and love and affection,” she explained, before getting into the color’s real complications. “And then you have, on the other side of the spectrum, jealousy and anger and frustration and you didn’t call me back and I need space — I’m fine,” she laughed, pretending to choke-up and wiping away some fake tears. These are the emotions that were spun into the twangy love-as-a-car-crash track that titled her most recent anthem, and the song she said she hoped everyone wanted to hear. The gesture was nice, but superfluous — of course we want to hear it.
VH1 Storytellers is highlighting three amazing ladies in three days, beginning with Taylor on Sunday, November 11th at 6PM & 11PM EST; Alicia Keys on Monday, November 12th at 11PM EST; and wrapping up with P!nk, on Tuesday, November 13th at 11PM EST.