Taylor Swift Grants A Wish

Taylor Swift made a young girl’s dream come true when she visited her at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the girl, 10-year-old Lauren Hacker, is a patient at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and has been battling cancer. After the visit was lobbied for on social media, Swift’s representatives and the girl’s family arranged the meeting at the hospital. Lauren’s father, Phil Hacker, wrote on his blog about the visit. He said that Swift spent about an hour talking with the girl and that Hacker even played Taylor a song on the electronic piano keyboard she got for her birthday. Before Taylor left, she gave the young girl bag of goodies that included autographs, photographs and guitar picks. Swift will be Omaha again on Wednesday night when she kicks off the much anticipated North American leg of “The Red Tour.”

Kenny Chesney Readies No Shoes Tour

Kenny Chesney took the stage at Freebird’s on the beach in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night for the “Keg In The Closet” show. The performance followed a week of rehearsals at Veteran’s Memorial Arena in preparation for “No Shoes Nation Tour.” The tour kicks off on Saturday with at show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The tour will make 19 stops at NFL stadiums across the country and Chesney is ready for the party to begin. Kenny says, “I promise everyone coming out to Raymond James Stadium, it’s gonna kick the summer into high gear! We’re talking 24, 26 songs, stuff that changes every night and a band that’s just ready to get out there and play!”

Tim McGraw’s Triple Threat

Tim McGraw is releasing “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar, as the next radio single from his Two Lanes of Freedom album. The track earned early airplay and became the number one debut on the Country Digital Songs chart before its official release to radio. Written by Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Mark Irwin and Josh Kear, the lyrics find McGraw and Swift trading vocals on the pain of being torn apart by distance. Along with guitar licks by Keith Urban, the dream team combines forces to create a landmark musical event being hailed by critics. The Los Angeles Times says of the song: “McGraw’s collaboration with Swift and Keith Urban is a blowout of a send-off ballad.”

And Now We Know Where She Gets Her Songs

Taylor Swift finds the inspiration for many of her songs from the heartaches and sadness in her past, but just how does she turn these emotions into hit songs. Taylor recently sat down with 60 Minutes Overtime to share some of the secrets of her songwriting.  Swift says, “I break down emotions into like 50 million categories.” Then Taylor singles out one of those categories to further break it down. Swift continues, “So, let’s say you’re taking one of the big categories, which is sadness. There’s the missing-him kind of sadness. There’s the frustrated-and-confused, don’t-know-why-it-ended kind of sadness. There’s the I-know-we-can’t-be-together-but-I-just-miss-you-right-now sadness. Or there’s the sadness that’s kind of tinged with anger. There’s a sadness that has guilt with it. There’s sadness that has a little bit of hope he’ll come back.”