Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Taylor Swift’s ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ For Film, ‘Cats’ Is A Bittersweet Melody

Taylor Swift’s ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ For Film, ‘Cats’ Is A Bittersweet Melody

You know it is going to be a good day when Taylor Swift releases new music.

Cats hits theaters December 20, 2019. "All that I wanted was to be wanted/ Too young to wander London streets, alone and haunted/ Born into nothing/ At least you have something, something to cling to", Swift sings in the song's chorus, mourning the people of her past who are now a distant memory. The track, which Swift co-wrote with Webber, builds to a rousing climax with the singer's voice in a full roar.

Friday (November 15) marked the arrival of the 29-year-old's new song "Beautiful Ghosts", a moving piano record about the pangs of nostalgia and lost love.

In a previously released behind-the-scenes featurette about the song, Swift said, "T.S. Eliot is such a specific type of writer and uses such specific language [and] imagery, and so reading through his work and everything, I just really wanted to reflect that". In the film, as on stage, Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson) will sing that standard about her glamour days being over, Now, Victoria essentially tells Grizabella that at least memories are better than nothing, which is what she feels she has. "You can't write a modern lyric for Cats", she said.

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She also admitted that there were difficulties in writing the song since she was trying to make seems a seamless addition to the world of Cats. Swift's version is not, as rumored by some, a "pop" version; with its lush orchestration and dynamics, it's very much of a piece with the music that'll be heard in the body of the film.

Cats will also feature Jason Derulo, James Corden, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and others.

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