Taylor Swift celebrated the one-year anniversary of her blockbuster pop album, 1989, with an acoustic performance of “Out of the Woods,” recorded last month at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.
Swift introduced the song by saying it chronicled a relationship dominated by anxiety: “I think a lot of relationships can be solid, and that’s what you hope for — solid and healthy — but that’s not always what you get,” she said. “And it doesn’t mean that it’s not special and extraordinary just to have a relationship that’s fragile and somehow meaningful in that fragility.”
Though “Out of the Woods” — co-written with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff — thrives as an outsized synth-pop anthem, Swift’s stripped-down rendition was an apt complement to her description. With her vocals driving the performance, Swift kept her piano playing simple, staggered and sparse, letting that fragility shine during the bridge when each chord rang out beneath her quickening lyrics.
Since the release of 1989, Swift has spent much of the past year touring behind the record. While a slate of international dates loom this winter, she will finally wrap up her extensive North American leg on Saturday, October 31st, in Tampa, Florida.