The Red Tour

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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.

Lyric arms

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 sonis her walk out song. The last song she plays before starting the show.

State of Grace

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?)

Encore

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Yet Another List

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I’m about to fly out the door (yes with my wings) so here is a comprehensive list of things that are happening today.

  • I’m back on the smoothie train again trying to detox after the wedding this past weekend.
  • I’m going to see Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran tonight at Staples Center.
  • John Mayer’s new album Paradise Valley is officially out!!!
  • I’m going to see T.Swizzle and Ginger Jesus tonight at Staples Center.
  • I’m going to be keeping a lot of food in the fridge at work since I won’t be home for a few days.
  • That last line sounded really cryptic.
  • TONIGHT I WILL BE SEEING TAYLOR SWIFT AND ED SHEERAN AT STAPLES CENTER.

I’m a tad bit excited to see my #1 girl Taylor tonight. (Plus Ed Sheeran is there and everyone knows I’m going to sob like a baby when Ginger Jesus sings his first note.) I’ve talked about how I’m a not so secret superfan of Taylors since she came around in 2006. Tonight is the one night I let Superfan Sarah run free and be as crazy as she wants to be. If you’re at Staples too, I’m sure I’ll look like the general Taylor Swift fan population with my black shorts and red tshirt. BUT I’m also going all out and going to write the lyrics down my arm, the 13 on my hand and you guessed it, gotta have my cat ears at the ready for when she sings the anthem of my life, 22.

Red Tour

Ed Sheeran – Nokia Theater.

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As shown by my string of tweets last night, Ed Sheeran’s show was pretty incredible. I danced, I sang, I did not cry (it took all of my self-restraint but I held it together), and I fell in love with him all over again.

Sheeran Tweets

This was his final show in America until he comes back as the opener for Taylor Swift’s RED tour in a month or so. This show was also the same day as his 22nd birthday. He showed up dressed in a full pirate costume complete with a black pirate hat and sword that he would wave every so often. It was awesome and adorable.

Sheeran pirate

For those of you who have never watched videos of his live shows online you need to know that he has no band when he performs. It’s just him, his guitar and a loop. He builds all of the songs on his own using just his voice and guitar and plays the sounds through the loop to make a backing track. It was so cool to watch him build the track for all the songs. He is a real life one man show.

SET LIST: Give Me Love, Drunk (which I danced like a maniac to), U.N.I., Grade 8, Wayfaring Stranger (cover see explanation below), Small Bump, Be My Husband (a Nina Simone cover which was awesome), Kiss Me, Fire Alarms (from one of his old EP’s and I started fangirling so hard) and Lego House.

When he came back out for his encore, he did a super long version of You Need Me, I Don’t Need You and absolutely SLAYED. He sang in the beginning, did a little jam sesh, split the crowd into the Jets and Sharks from West Side Story and gave us separate parts to sing, mashed Thrift Shop into a part of the song and then ended it with a rap that had me fangirling out of control.

The final song was a little bit of  The Parting Glass (a song that is a hidden track on the end of his + album) that transitioned into The A Team. The orange and white balloons fell from the ceiling and the crowd was as loud as ever screaming the lyrics back to him.

But out of everything he did in the show, a moment during Wayfaring Stranger had me totally speechless. He got the entire venue dead silent (I didn’t even think that was possible) and began to sing. Then midway through the song he turns off the loop, puts his guitar down and sings acapella to the entire audience. THEN HE PROCEEDS TO SING THE CHORUS ACAPELLA WITHOUT A MICROPHONE ON TOP OF ON ONE OF THE SPEAKERS TO THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE. I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I have never seen someone attempt to talk without a microphone at a show, let along SING to an audience of that capacity and have their voice flow clear as day throughout the entire venue. It was an amazing moment.

Ed I love you. I want to re-live that entire set again. Can we hang out sometime? I feel like we could/would/should be best friends. Call me.

Sheeran collage