Everyone knows I have a thing with Taylor Swift. I’m usually quite dramatic about a lot of things saying “I love him soooooo much his music is incredible.” But with Taylor it’s different. I full on superfan over her. I act like a 12 year old at her concerts because I get so excited. I still listen to the Fearless album on a regular rotation (and it came out in 2008). She hooked me when she first started as an artist in 2006. I remember I bought the “Tim McGraw” record on iTunes and my first thought was “who the hell does this blonde girl think she is naming her first single after one of the biggest men in country music?” And now 7 years later, Taylor is without a doubt the biggest name in country music. Maybe even music in general.
The last time I saw Taylor live (minus the mini concert she did at Ellen) was in 2010 on the Fearless tour. I got tickets as a birthday present and had the time of my life. The Fearless era will probably forever remain my favorite. Following Fearless was the Speak Now tour which for some reason I did not go to (I know HOW COULD NOT GO RIGHT?) and I will never forgive myself.
But here we are in 2013 for the Red Tour. I decided to go all out superfan and old school Taylor by writing the lyrics down my arm and drawing her iconic “13” on my hand. I had already seen most of her outfit changes and set designs through news sites that have been covering the show for months but I was so excited to see it for myself. Taylor is notorious for being over the top theatrical at her shows and I love every minute of it.
Ed Sheeran aka Ginger Jesus, opened for Taylor which already set me up to be a bit emotional since I love Ed so much. He was fantastic as per usual and sounded incredible live. Then “American Woman” came on in between sets and every Taylor fan knows that that song is her walk out song. The last song she plays before starting the show.
She was incredible from start to finish. She played mostly songs off the latest record with a few revamped oldies thrown in (You Belong With Me, Love Story, Sparks Fly, Mean, Fifteen). She usually gives little speeches before certain songs and I usually tear up. Which I did during her “Mean” speech. I also cried my way through “All Too Well” which she played on piano. Without a doubt it was my favorite performance of the night. You could see her feeling all of the emotions of the song, it was incredible live.
Taylor also loves bringing out special guests during her show. We lucked out and got Tegan & Sara WHO ARE AMAZING and sang “Closer” with Taylor. My best friend and I were dancing and dancing and dancing even though I’m pretty sure almost no on in that arena knew who they were.
I loved the Red Tour. And I want to go back and relive the experience over and over and over. Taylor, I love you. Thank you for being someone who is such a superstar, yet feels so attainable. It’s been incredible to watch her grow and dominate the music scene over the past few years. But at the same time, I feel like she could totally be my best friend. That’s what I love about her.
She made me Fearless when I was 17, and now I get to Feel 22 with Taylor. We get to grow up together, and that’s not something you usually get to say about an artist. (You didn’t really think I would get through this entire thing without a lyric pun now did you?)