Taylor Swift “Safe & Sound”
The Grammy-award winning folk rockers The Civil Wars talk about working on The Hunger Games soundtrack, Adele and looking like Johnny Depp.
I love them! John Paul White cracks me up. LOL! He does look like Johnny Depp!
This girl is pretty hardcore compared to most celebs. It’s one thing to be out in the cold and quite another to be out in the cold wearing a flimsy nightgown and no shoes! That’s what I love about this video – it really draws you into the setting, so much that you can almost feel the bitter breeze on the air and icy mud beneath your feet.
What was your favorite part of the “Safe and Sound” music video?
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Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift sat down with MTV to discuss making the music video for Safe & Sound from the Hunger Games Soundtrack (which she says is her favorite one), what would her skills be if she was in the Hunger Games, and writing with Civil Wars!
For those who have not read the books, the mockingjay pin is one of the most iconic symbols from the series. It was given to the main character, Katniss Everdeen (played in the film by Jennifer Lawrence), as a token to take into the arena to remind her of her Home, District 12.
The mockingjay and the pin itself are both symbols of rebellion in the books. The mockingjay is a species of bird inadvertently bred when the Capitol released “jabberjays” throughout the nation of Panem in an attempt to spy on its citizens. After the mission failed and the citizens of Panem learned how to feed lies to Capitol spies through the jabberjays, the Capitol ended the project, but the birds bred with mockingbirds in the wild, creating the mockingjay, which the Capitol was never able to eradicate.
We won’t spoil the rest, but the third book in the series is titled “Mockingjay,” and that isn’t just a reference to the bird or the pin anymore.
“I felt like I was really needing to pay tribute to this movie and tell this story,” Swift said. “There’s this moment in the music video where I find this mockingjay pin and hold it up.”
Completely blown away by Safe & Sound. Just love it. I was really hoping she’d sing Safe & Sound at the Grammys with Civil Wars. John Paul White cracked me up at the Grammys. I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
The rest of Taylor’s interview about The Hunger Games Soundtrack after the break!
It’s to be expected: if you ever find yourself watching American Idol, you probably have a moment where you think about what you would sing if you happened to be on that stage. And if you contemplate The Hunger Games, well… it’s another kind of stage in a sense, isn’t it?
When asked during an interview with MTV News what her skill would be if she were in the Hunger Games, Swift admitted she would be a little dodgy.
Honestly, I just, I think I would just be the person who runs and hides. Just to be as self-aware as possible, like I kind of freeze. You know how you have like fight, flight, or freeze. Those are your three reactions to something scary. Like, I just freeze. So I would try to run and hide somewhere. There are a few ways that Katniss, kind of, in the book she has to kill people, but she does it in an indirect way. I think that would be something I would try to do.”
She went on to show some love to The Hunger Games fans, explaining that she “likes them a lot” and that they have been saying great things about her song, “Safe and Sound.” Swift also admitted that “Safe and Sound” is her favorite music video that she has ever made!
So, perhaps it is a bit morbid, but what would your skill be if your name was drawn in the reaping? Would you be confrontational like the Careers? Evasive like Foxface? Charismatic like Peeta, and align yourself with a group for an ulterior motive?
Check out this beautiful new video for Taylor Swift’s lead single from the Hunger Games soundtrack, “Safe & Sound.”
Mockingjay! Nightlock! What else do you see? Interview and screenshots below.
When MTV News caught up with the Civil Wars on the red carpet at the Grammys to have speaks about the “Safe and Sound” music video, Joy Williams was quick to convey just how grueling the circumstances had been.
“I just appreciate that we had such horrible working conditions,” she joked. “We were in a heated cabin. [Taylor Swift], being the prima donna that she is, was out barefoot, in freezing weather, in the mud and still managed to have a really good attitude about it.”
“We figured it was the least that she could do, since we wrote the song,” John Paul White chimed in with a laugh.
‘Bout time that country diva got her hands dirty.
According to the folk duo, they originally weren’t all that keen about working with another musician, but that sentiment quickly changed.
“It was [perfect], strangely enough. John Paul and I write all of our own music, so it’s not as common anymore for us to be collaborating with other people,” stated Williams. “But, [producer] T-Bone [Burnett] and Taylor Swift: It was just natural.”
I have to agree that the decision to unite the staggering harmonies of Joy and John Paul with T-Swift’s sincere, unguarded voice was the work of a musical genius! Can’t wait to check out the video – aaaaand it wouldn’t hurt to see more “Hunger Games” movie footage as well.
Don’t forget – Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars’ “Safe & Sound” music video will primiere tonight at 7:54 p.m. ET during “MTV First: Taylor Swift,” immediately followed by a 30-minute interview with the country pop star herself. Want to participate? Submit your questions via Twitter @MTVNews and make sure to include hashtags #AskTaylor or #MTVFirst.
Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Mean.” Civil Wars is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album.
Civil Wars exlplains how the collaboration started in a new interview-
How that happened is we were out on the West Coast touring. We had already worked on a song with T Bone Burnett on an original song for that soundtrack. Taylor had become fan and friend of ours and kept in touch. When they found out we were close by and she and T Bone were getting ready to write a song for “The Hunger Games” they decided to give us a call and see if we wanted to do it with them, which worked out pretty well. We went to Los Angeles, went over, and a couple hours later the song was finished, and maybe an hour and a half later we had finished tracking guitars and all the vocals and went out and did our show that night.
Monday at 7:54pm ET, the official music video for Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” will premiere globally on MTV. It will show up online a bit later at 8pm ET.
There will be an interactive interview afterwards that you can take part in-
After the video’s premiere — which will also air live on MTV’s channels in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa — the Grammy-nominated singer will sit down with MTV News’ Sway Calloway for a 30-minute interview on MTV.com. Fans of the superstar can get in on the action by submitting questions via Twitter @MTVNews with the hashtags #AskTaylor or #MTVFirst.
CMT will debut “Safe & Sound” at 8 p.m. ET, the same time the music video will debut exclusively online at MTV.com, CMT.com, VH1.com and MTV’s International sites. On Tuesday morning, VH1′s “Big Morning Buzz Live” will feature the video at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
Before the premiere, fans will be treated to exclusive content from the video and learn more about the song, which is the lead single from the “Hunger Games” soundtrack. “Safe & Sound” was written by Swift, the Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett, the film’s composer.
Sounds awesome! I wonder if it will have any new footage from the film?
Taylor Swift will have two songs on The Hunger Games soundtrack according to Joey Graceffa, who interviewed her yesterday. Also newly announced is that Neko Case will have a track called “Nothing to Remember.”
Neko Case wrote that “I was dying to write a song for a movie with such a heroine in it” and “Finishing up ‘Hunger Games’ song. Heard the other tracks on the CD and DAMN! Theres some FINE singing on it!”