I wish I could be like the cool kids, Taylor Nation.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who almost burned his dinner because he was just typing along and then whoa steam eeek run turn off stove turn on extractor fan before the fire alarm goes off… Where was I? Err – just a guy who never loses his cool (yeah right), we sometimes drop all the grammar rules in favour of runaway sentences for comedic effect.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift gifted the Nationwide Arena at Columbus, Ohio with two concert nights of her 1989 World Tour. The surprise songs were Red for the first night and You Belong With Me for September 18. Also on the last night, she brought out secret musical guest Sydney Sierota from Echosmith to sing Cool Kids. Sydney had actually joined the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone already on the concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 13. Taylor has had so many surprise guests she might have to repeat a few.
Echosmith were also openers during the Rock in Rio USA concert in Las Vegas where Taylor performed what was basically a non-official 1989 World Tour with the full setlist (and even Ed Sheeran as a secret guest!) so it totally counts.
Actually slap me a few times first, I might just be asleep. Just saying. The Queen of Sparks brought it back to Country on September 16. Taylor Swift brought out surprise guest The Band Perry at her 1989 World Tour concert in Indianapolis to sing If I Die Young.
I’m not doing the YouTube song and dance of putting a link that – oh what the heck, let’s go to the video already. This is just a clip, but it has the introduction which I always love to hear.
Technically the last one is for us the fans but we’ll allow the Queen of Sparks to collect it if it happens.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that chases that elusive medium between honesty and truth, we know we might lose you here and there. In truth, I am biased towards the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar and I think she should win. But in honesty, she’s swept up the MTV EMAs once before and I suspect that happened largely because she was present (sorry to invoke my They-Win-Because-They-Attend rule for the umpteenth time). Perhaps I got my honesties and truths mixed up. Never mind.
On September 25, Taylor is playing her first date in Nashville, TN. That puts the odds against her, but she’s been known to defy those odds once or twice depending on her popularity at the moment. My best guess is not a clean sweep, but I do expect her to win at least one if not more and accept via satellite. So, get voting.
Back in September 12, 2008, Big Machine Records would release Love Story as a single from artist Taylor Swift. It was the lead single to her soon to release second album, by the name of Fearless. This last weekend, the Forever And Always Fearless One would note the 7th anniversary of her iconic song, one that she keeps playing. The 1989 World Tour took St. Paul, Minnesota for a little dance in her best dress at the Xcel Energy Center for a three day extravaganza. Taylor also sang her old classics Fifteen, Mean and You Belong With Me on the b stage on September 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
My thanks to Madalena for writing down this entire extended version of the speech before Clean. One of Taylor’s more cathartic and healing songs, it always receives a fitting preamble. The first night, September 11, she said this one.
I was in my meet-and-greet tonight, and I met this amazing guy, who was just thanking me for writing one of the songs on the album, and it’s the song I’m gonna play…after I’m done talking for a hundred years. But he said that it helped him get through a breakup, and it got me thinking about the concept of what it’s like to have someone in your life, to let someone into your life, and share all your secrets with them. And all these wonderful things happen, like wishful thinking and daydreaming, and kind of imagining maybe your future with that person in it, and trusting them and letting them see things that you used to think were your flaws, but letting them accept those things about you. And then if you have to lose that person and all of a sudden that person’s not in your life anymore.
You know, heartbreak is such a general term for all these other things that happen to us: the unbearable letdown, the embarrassment that you let this person in and it was all for nothing, the humiliation of having introduced this person to everyone in your life and now everyone knows that it didn’t work out, feeling like you failed. All these things happen to you when you get your heart broken, and then the horrible thing is they make you then regret all the wonderful things that you did in order to let that person into your life. Wishful thinking is beautiful. Daydreaming is beautiful. Being a hopeless romantic is beautiful.
So then you get your heart broken, and you walk around through this world like time is moving in slow motion, like you’ve got some open wound that only you can see. You feel like you’ve got writing all over you that says, ‘I am in pain. I have just gotten my heart broken.’ You feel like you’re haunted by the memories of what this could have been and what would this day be like if this person hadn’t left my life. And then one day, you start to replace the old habits with new ones. And you stop checking your phone in the morning for a ‘good morning’ text. And you start replacing what used to be someone you were in love with, with time with your friends. And maybe you pick up some new hobbies, and maybe you start living your life the way you would want to live it if no one else had any influence over it.
And then one day, for me, you find yourself walking down the street and you get this idea in your head for a song about how all the struggle and feeling like you’re tarnished by love, feeling like heartbreak defined you for so long. That cloud is finally lifted, and then there’s this day that comes, and I promise you it comes no matter how heartbroken you are. There’s a day that comes when all of a sudden all that writing that you thought was on you is gone, and you look in the mirror, and you’re clean.
-Taylor Swift, September 11, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota.
So, if a fire alarm goes off you should put some damn clothes on, Taylor Nation.
Yes, this is one of those rare compilation of “I don’t know where to put this stuff so it all goes into this salad” posts. The Sparkly Dressed won an Emmy. I hear you saying, “Wait a second Old Man Swift, that’s TV…” Well, The Hollywood Reporter has posted that Taylor Swift has won an Emmy due to her executive producer credits on an interactive program called AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience. Yes, it’s that app you downloaded based off the Blank Space video directed by Joseph Kahn!
So, about that fire alarm…
Seriously, I’m 100% with Andrea here. That is some sound advice. You don’t want to be walking out of a fire in a robe. I’d put some clothes on. I’m not joking, put some damn clothes on! No, a robe is not clothes, put some clothes on! I expected this clip to go on as Tay would then add a top hat, then an umbrella… Ok, ok, I will knock it off.
And here’s a clip that I found, and I know there’s a few of these out there, on how to change the battery of your 1989 World Tour bracelet. It also details how you should seal the bracelet again (don’t use glue) so that you can re-open it again the next time it runs out.