Ray Stevens has been creating novelty hits since I was a child; his recording career dates back to 1957. I haven’t heard about Stevens for a long time and didn’t know his creative juices are still flowing. I was therefore delighted to discover when we received a message from Stevens’s Nashville publicist yesterday that in his newly released video (below), Stevens “claims the world’s biggest superstar, Taylor Swift, is watching the veteran Grammy winner’s every move.” The veteran Grammy winner, let it be noted, has an impressive handle on the Swiftian oeuvre.
Stevens’s plaintive paranoia captures an aspect of the present moment that I thought readers might appreciate. The song’s happy ending, however, requires a deus ex machina lacking in the moment. This is comic art.
We are advised that “Taylor Swift Is Stalkin’ Me” is a track from Stevens’s album Here We Go Again, to be released on March 24. Orders can now be placed on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.