Watch Taylor Swift Perform At NPR's Tiny Desk

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2019

During her appearance at NPR's Washington DC headquarters, the Lover songstress, 29, performed stripped down versions of several tracks, some old some new, telling the audience: 'I just chose to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them'.

The pop star, 29, climbed behind musician and NPR host Bob Boilen's famous desk last Friday to put on an intimate concert in D.C. for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Series - and opened up about the making of some of the songs from her newest album, Lover.

"You guys ever have costume changes at Tiny Desk?" she joked.

NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are one of my favourite things in the whole world. "So you're kind of inundated by overwhelming opportunity and choices".

Clad in red cape blazer, Howard pulls no punches as she belts out "Stay High" the fourth track from her debut solo album "Jamie", named after her sister who died from cancer in 1998.

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"I just chose to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them", she said, apologizing for showing up alone with no dancers and quipping about the impeachment buzz in D.C., "you guys have anything exciting going on the last couple weeks?" "So it's just me!"

"There's a song that I had wanted to write conceptually for a very long time", Swift began after her intro. Sorry, you really can't.

Swift went on to sing "Lover", "The Man" and "Death by a Thousand Cuts".

She continued. "I was always just wondering, 'Can I write a song about this?" "Taylor Swift, thank you so, so, so much".

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