My girls decided to forgo a birthday party with all of their friends for tickets to the Taylor Swift concert in D.C. Their birthdays were in February and March and the concert was this week. They had a long wait to get their gift. It was an exercise in patience and deciding what we really want. They wanted to see Taylor more than anything so we made it happen.
The day we’d been waiting for finally arrived this Tuesday! We hopped in Gill’s car and were off on our mini road trip. The girls sang along to 1989 and tried to guess who the surprise guest would be as we’d heard it was Lorde the night before. Gigs and Eva were convinced it was going to be Ed Sheeran. Personally, I was happy to imagine how awesome that might be. Eva had just gone to her first concert with her bestie a few weeks prior so she felt like an experienced concert goer giving her little sister, Gigi, a heads up on what to expect and how they might need to stand on their seats and other important things like what an opening act means. When we finally made our way into the stadium, after coming up against some moms with serious road rage, we got the girls some shirts and found our fantastic seats. The whole stadium was filled with an awesome vibe of excitement.
Taylor Swift came on at 8:30(They cut out Vance Joy and she came out early because storms were predicted) and performed her heart out for two hours. We danced and sang along watching our super cool bracelets light up to the beat. It was hot, really hot, and Taylor broke a sweat more than once and I realized why she’s so thin after watching her dance for 120 minutes in the heat and humidity in front of 45,000 people. Jason DeRulo was her special guest and he turned me into a big fan.
The music was phenomenal and she sounded better live than on her cd. But the best part of the whole show were her little “speeches”(for the lack of a better word). She carried a strong message of girl power and being yourself and the whole time she was filled with gratitude for her fans. Taylor made each member of the audience feel like they’d been seen and that she appreciated them. Those are powerful things for young girls to hear and see and are every reason she’s the superstar she is. Taylor Swift’s the real deal. Her performance was epic in so many ways. I told my girls it was an awful first concert because I’m not sure anything can ever live up to it…and I’m speaking from forty-three years of concert going experience.