i remember listening to taylor swift for the first time. i was at home, only nine years old and my sister called me up to the computer (it was one of those that looked like a box -it was 2007 and i live in brazil for christ sakes). she said “hey, i downloaded a few songs from taylor swift, listen to them”. somehow the first song i listened to was an unreleased one: i’d lie. the other ones (teardrops, picture to burn, our song) just hit me like a big snowball. i blinked once and i had a favorite singer. i recorded stuff with her songs because her cds weren’t sold here. i still have one of the firsts. it’s from 2008, all the songs from fearless included and some of the best from taylor swift. a couple years later speak now came. i will never forget the effect this cd had on me. taylor songs took over my life. everyday that goes by i feel myself falling more and more in love with a woman that doesn’t even know i’m breathing. that’s the beauty of being a fan, i think. loving someone with all your heart and not expecting something in return. so taylor, thank you. thank you for writing the soundtrack of my life in many different ways. thank you for helping me grow up as i watched you do it so gracefully. thank you for being there for me and understanding me when no one else did. it may be strange for some people when they hear this, but your songs are my best friends. i wish you all the best. happy 23rd.