We started our evening with a delicious meal at Demos' steak house downtown, then headed to the show:
|Thanks to this truck, we will never wonder where, when, or why this photo was taken. LOL.|
The concert was AMAZING. There were trapdoors, an assortment of huge set pieces, a multitalented dance crew, acrobats, and at least six costume changes for everyone. Plus, surprise guests, but we'll get to that in a second. Oh and our seats were fantastic - the best I've ever had for a show of this magnitude.
Midway through the show, Taylor walked across the entire arena (hugging and greeting fans the whole way) and did an acoustic set under a giant fake tree, so everyone in the back suddenly had a front row seat. Then she walked back to the main stage on the other side. I thought that was pretty awesome of her.
Shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town
We had heard that the previous night, Hayley Williams of Paramore had made an appearance. I notified Debra that if she showed up again, I was going to FLIP OUT. So when a surprise guest was announced, I commenced flipping and then flipped even more when it was Kenny Chesney!!! He strolled out in his ball cap and sang "Big Star" with Taylor:
Not long after that, she brought out Andy Grammer (of "You gotta keep your head up, who-oah" fame):
Later, when the curtains opened again for the encore, Taylor was sitting there on a couch with Tim McGraw. !!!!!! He sang "Just To See You Smile," which is probably my favorite of his songs. I couldn't get over how crazy it was. I half expected Reba or Dolly or somebody to drop out of the sky next. Only in Nashville!
There was a balcony hanging from the center of the ceiling, and for the "Love Story" finale, they lowered it and it carried Taylor all around the arena.
As we left, Debra asked me, "How do you even describe that to people?" Well, I just tried. :)
I can hear the sound of any "cool" readers I may have had unsubscribing, but as Debra said, I feel good about supporting something that women of all ages can enjoy (although there were more men present than you'd think!). We saw hundreds of dressed-up little girls, and moms and daughters. Say what you will about Taylor, I think she's helping to fill an important hole in the American female psyche. While the other popular female artists of our day giggle about partying and getting trashed, Taylor encourages young girls (and old ones too :)) to stay classy, be strong, pursue their dreams, and hold out for a prince. I don't see anything wrong with that.
And while I'm trashing my street cred, I might as well admit that I like Celine Dion too. Yep, now I'm definitely talking to myself.