A mother who lost her son to cancer burst into tears when singer Taylor Swift called to tell her she had written a song in tribute to the young boy.
Maya Thompson, whose son Ronan passed away last year, wrote about her experiences online, and Swift was so moved by the blog she penned a touching track dedicated to the four-year-old. Swift debuted the song, simply titled "Ronan," during the "Stand Up 2 Cancer" telethon, which was broadcast on Friday night, and Thompson has now opened up about the track. She reveals she was unaware of Swift's latest writing project until she received a surprise voice mail message from the singer, and when they finally spoke on the telephone Thompson was moved to tears by the star's efforts.
In a post on her blog, which is addressed to her son, Thompson writes, "My calmness soon turned to complete and utter frozen shock when these words came out of her mouth. 'I wrote a song for Ronan,' she said. The tears started pouring down my cheeks as soon as I heard her say those words. But her words didn't stop there. Not only did she write a song for you, but she wanted to know if it would be alright to perform it on the nationally televised "Stand Up 2 Cancer" show ... She wanted to make me co-author of the song with her. She talked about how ... reading this blog and following our story, has inspired her ... I don't even remember what I said to Taylor ... all I could pretty much do was cry and tell her thank you.
"How do you even find the words to thank somebody for something like this? I was a blubbering mess telling her how much this meant to me ... I got off the phone and I was shaking, crying, and could not even form a thought." In a later post, Thompson reveals she was overwhelmed with emotion when she watched Swift perform the song for the first time on TV: "Everyone was crying ... I couldn't even focus on the words that were coming out of Taylor's mouth. I could see ... the raw emotion, sadness, beauty, and pain that filled her face. She looked like an angel."
IT WAS A NICE THING FOR TAYLOR TO DO, WRITE A SONG ABOUT RONAN, HOWEVER, I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND ONE WORD SHE SAID.
On the Stand Up to Cancer program it was announced that ALL proceeds from Ronan's song would go to the cancer research funding.
The practical me, being emotionally detached from the situation, wonders if being named "co-author" also means getting a percentage of the royalties. I'm sure there would have been no way to broach that subject during the initial phone call with Taylor, nor would there have been any delicate way to bring it up afterwards without the general populace brow-beating the poor mother into the ground, but the reality is that Swift will sell her song and make tons of money.
It only seems fair that, given her generous offer to make the mother the co-author, the mother get something beyond "credit", since Taylor will certainly be getting more than just "kudos" for her touching tribute.