DD has been a Swfit fan for a decade or more. And I remember her talent show contest in 5th grade was to a Paramour song. CD’s I bought for her as gifts.
She and her BF concert pal worked hard to land two tickets to opening night of the Eras tour in Glendale, AZ, renamed Swift City for the weekend. The AZ highway signs were awesome, “if you get cut off, don’t be mad, Shake it Off”. All of them were Swift lyric inspired. Genius.
Opening night this star did 44 songs. Not kidding. Her opening acts per DS were incredible. Not once in my lifetime have I seen a live artist do more than 18 songs. A set list of 44 is beyond imagination.
The entire production was musical theatre and drama at its best. The videos I have seen are amazing.
Her pandemic albums, Evermore and Folklore didn’t lend themselves to concert material in my mind. But they are my favorite. I am so impressed with them and listen to them while I work.
DD was stunned to have more than five of each album performed. She videoed the song ‘Marjorie’ which is about Taylor’s grandmother. I have never been able to listen to it without bawling. When my DD sent me the live video, she was crying, I was a hot mess. And her bestie was videoing her mom, my bestie. It was an emotional cry fest. In the best way.
I never would have imagined such a personal and sad song in a concert with 72,000 people. But she did it. Because it mattered and does impact listeners.
With my mom in Hospice memory care, ‘Marjorie’ hits home. And my DD knowing it’s impact and sharing it with me live was beautiful.
DD and her bestie attended night two. 44 songs were performed, again. Quite the performance. Well done, TS. When an artist gives her audience what they want, and speaks to them during the performance as individuals, it matters. Class act.