T.S. 1989

Let me tell you a theory that I have. I believe that one cold night in March of 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Swift lay down together in bed and declared, "Tonight, we will conceive a national treasure," at which point a hair on the back of Nicholas Cage's neck stood straight up. (As we all know, whenever you say "national treasure" nowadays, Nicholas Cage appears and tries to buy your house and turn it into an island. But back then, it wasn't even a gleam in his Moonstruck eyes.) And then the two of them made passionate, burning love. Nine months later Taylor Swift was born, and the world was irrevocably changed for the better. I don't think that anyone fully understood what was to follow in the consequent years, even when a twelve year old Taylor sang at the Philadelphia 76ers game. Today, Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists in the world, and no one has been at a 76ers game since. 

As you may already know and probably have guessed, I attended the Saturday performance of The 1989 World Tour. It was a surreal and amazing experience, to say the least. On the way over to the stadium, I got really excited because I realized that the crowd would consist mainly of girls and young women. Ergo, the lines for the bathrooms would never be long.  And I was absolutely correct. The sound was very good at Lincoln Financial Field and completely drowned out the neighboring Barry Manilow concert at the Wells Fargo Center. (Side note: If you ever wanted to gather up all of the white people in Philly and place them in one area, then Saturday you must have been in heaven.) Anyway, the seat that I had was OK, I just wish that I had brought my binoculars. But I could see her good enough when she came out after both opening acts and welcomed us all to New York. Philadelphia is kind of her hometown, since she's originally from just outside of Reading, so she kept reminding us of that, and we kept going nuts.

Although she is beautiful, sexy, and mesmerizing inside and out, I could not stop staring at the bracelet that we all received upon entry to the concert. At first, it did nothing. Then someone somewhere pressed a button, and they all lit up, each one shining and glowing. Different sections of the stadium were different colors, creating something really nice to look at. The bracelet danced along with the music and people. I kept it, and now every time it moves, it lights up for a little bit. It made for a very psychedelic ride home from the concert. I think that when it dies, I'm just going to change the batteries. 

She sang mostly songs from the album 1989, but didn't hesitate to throw Love Story in there, the one about the original lonely star-crossed lovers, not Blank Space, which is clearly about two Starbucks lovers. This is something different. There were surprises, like Rachel Platten, and guests, like Mariska Hargitay. Overall, it was very expensive, but very worth it. I enjoyed seeing her in person and not with all of those awards in her hands on TV. She's the correct amount of humble, and it clearly shows through her messages and beliefs. I'm very glad that I went. On the way out of the stadium complex, I saw a billboard that said that Shania Twain would be at the Wells Fargo Center in July. I said "So she's coming here? That don't impress me much."