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Phoenix woman’s blog  on son’s death inspired Taylor Swift

By Ed Masley

The Arizona Republic

Maya Thompson didn’t know she was writing the words to a chart-topping hit for Taylor Swift when she was working through the sadness of losing her child to cancer.

Thompson hadn’t even heard the song, in fact, until Swift premiered “Ronan,” a heartbreaking ballad with lyrics based entirely on Thompson’s blog, on Friday night during the Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

“It was pretty emotional,” Thompson says in her Phoenix living room three days after the telethon.

“I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. I’m surprised I wasn’t on the floor bawling.”

Thompson is the mother of 9-year-old twins, Quinn and Liam. She and her husband, Woody, have a baby due in April.

Her son Ronan died in May 2011, three days before he would have turned 4. She worked through her grief, in part, by writing a blog called Rockstar Ronan,



Video of Taylor Swift debut of “Ronan”



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