Taylor Swift may not have a special Valentine this year, but she certainly has a romantic admirer.
Adam Young, an electro-pop musician from the band Owl City with the ubiquitous hit “Fireflies,” posted a gushing online message and song about the country star after figuring out that her song, “Enchanted,” is likely about him.
Young writes that he decoded Swift’s song by stringing together the upper-case letters in the printed lyrics on her album and realizing they spell out “A-D-A-M.”
“I’m so tremendously honored that Taylor would write such an elegant song and thereby offer a gracious nod in my direction,” he writes on his band’s blog. “Needless to say, I was lost for words and utterly smitten. I couldn’t stop smiling.”
He reciprocates the gesture with his recorded interpretation of Swift’s “Enchanted,” writing:
“Everything about you is beautiful. You’re an immensely charming girl with a wonderful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. … I’m terribly sorry it’s taken me such a long time to reply but I figured Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to write this note to you and simply say. I was enchanted to meet you too.”
Swift and Young have a friendship that dates back at least to September 2009 when Swift sent him a Tweet before one of his shows in New York. “If I was in town, I’d be there! Front row, super-fan style,” she wrote at the time.
A week later, Swift was spotted in the VIP balcony of Young’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show, dancing and singing along to his 90-minute set. Backstage afterwards, they snapped a photo together and Young Tweeted, “Wow. Tonight was magical.”
Swift talked to Chris Willman of Our Country about the inspiration behind “Enchanted.”
“It was about this guy that I met in New York City, and I had talked to him on email before, but I had never met him,” Swift told the magazine in November 2010. “Meeting him, it was just this overwhelming feeling of, ‘I really hope that you’re not in love with somebody.’ And the whole entire way home, I just remember sitting there thinking, am I ever gonna talk to this person again? It was that feeling of pining away for a romance that may never even happen.”
Neither rep offered comment. Swift is in Asia on the first leg of her sold-out “Speak Now” tour. Young’s sophomore album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, will be released on May 24.