Hello Taylor Nation 🙂
It’s been six years since I started a blog that I had no idea that would get this far. And that’s because you guys kept reading it. And regardless of whether you want to keep doing that or are tired of me by this point, I want to thank you for being my reading audience for the last six years. If you are new to the site, lots of catching up to do. But today, November 10, 2015, six years after the first time, 1900 blog entries, it’s time to address the nation – the Taylor Nation.
Blogging was something I wanted to get into back in 2009. I was already a fan of Taylor, but I hadn’t joined the two interests until I started to read about her. There was a lot of media getting things wrong, or just skimming the surface. For most, she was a flash in the pan, a five-minute fame due to the VMA incident. Taylor wasn’t in that stage by accident, she had won an award. Actually, Fearless was album of the year at the ACM Awards back in April 2009 long before Kanye stormed that stage. Taylor had won ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year and the CMA’s Horizon Award back in 2008. But still people talked about a “push” due to the incident, because a lot of mainstream media were still discovering her.
They still are 😛
Taylor Swift is now the name of a brand. She is a product in that sense. A name that comes with copyrights and all that jazz. But she is still a person under all those lights, and for old school fans that knew her as the little fighter going around small county fairs playing wherever she could play and making her own promotion, she’s not one to stand still. That person is a real one, who has grown and has evolved into a superstar. There’s no denying that, but regardless on how big the machine has become (see what I did there) she’s still at the wheel. Compromises have to be made though.
Perhaps the biggest one is that the wait has gotten longer. Getting to see Taylor might be the happiest a fan can be, but getting to see her in your home town and internationally in your home country, is a different honor altogether. There are still places she has yet to go COUGH SOUTH AMERICA COUGH. It gets harder as people want their Taylor moment. Meeting Taylor Swift blows people’s minds. Facebook pages, Tumblr sites and Twitter sites are born as a personal movement to meet her. Savvy fans gather together. Friendships are made in the name of the Sparkly Dressed and that elusive meet and greet, or that time in the former T-Party, the past Club Red, the current 89′ Loft.
I still say she should’ve called it Studio ’89 😉
But those are just fan opinions. We have a lot of those. In the end, Taylor knows what she’s doing. And certain things, she can’t just do on a whim anymore. Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to meet her. There’s no merit there, I didn’t deserve it more than someone else. I don’t deserve it any less now, but I try the kind of person that will stand back and let someone else go instead. We wish there was some sort of system instead, but this is not an application you have to fill. It’s opportunity and pure dumb luck. Yes, I know some people have met her more than once. I can’t blame them. But as much as I wish I’d have the chance again, I wouldn’t take someone else’s opportunity. The odds are overwhelming nowadays. And yet I insist, don’t give up.
Are we dreaming impossible dreams?
Seems nowadays, Taylor can almost do anything – but the small things are harder now. She still does them. I’m sure someone will get a package for the holidays. Christmas is her favorite time. The secret sessions were a blast for the few that got to go. Other than that, there’s the larger than life concerts at huge venues. Yet she still tries to make it as intimate as possible, still brings out the guitar. And yes, she does rehearse her speeches. She can’t leave that to chance. I still buy that she means it from the heart. So while Taylor continues to wear her heart on her sleeve, and as long as there’s people that still want to read me ranting and raving about it, the blog goes on. I’ve always had ideas on more stuff to do. I’m always lacking on time to execute them all.
If you are interested, I’ve also got a second blog on TV shows, movies and comics at NeverThinkImpossible.com. Yeah, that was a shameless plug 😀
Up next, the Queen of Sparks performs three nights in Shanghai, China. Her first night already happened. Stay tuned! Here’s to another year and many more 🙂
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