Dutch writer - Founder of Lefuturewave - Music enthusiast
So what inspired Rylee Brooke to write the song 22? It was actually the result of one of the saddest birthdays she’s ever had. She lived in New York at the time, and one of her so-called “closest” friends made her birthday into a nightmare. This event made Rylee re-evaluate where she stood in life and how things were going.
The singer-songwriter realized that she felt lost, heartbroken, and angry that she wasn’t experiencing 22 the way Taylor Swift portrayed it. And that’s when she came up with the idea for 22.
In the end, the song conveys the message that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not have it all together. Because at the end of the day, you’re only human.
The production on 22 is streamlined but effective, with catchy indie pop instrumentation that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. That’s the sign of a truly great song—one that you can’t get out of your head, no matter how much you try.
I think one of the things I love most about the vocals is the way they build throughout 22. They start out fairly introspective and then get a little bit more expressive as the song progresses. This helps to create an emotional arc that keeps you engaged from start to finish.