Merry Christmas, Cyrus Porter! This is why Taylor Swift still wins at everything :)

(Photo: Robert Frye via Twitter)
(Photo: Robert Frye via Twitter)

Holidays are not always about the big gestures, Taylor Nation.

Sometimes they’re just about the small ones. For example, visiting your grandfather. In the case of World War II veteran Cyrus Porter, the visit can turn into a one in a lifetime event when it’s your grandfather’s musical idol. The 96-year old from New Madrid, Missouri happens to be a Taylor Swift fan. An article for KFVS 12 news started it all.

“Look what she does, she puts on a show no one else puts on,” Cyrus Porter said. “I just liked the way the way she did stuff.” He has attended two concerts with his daughter and two grandchildren. Cyrus was diagnosed with cancer this year. He still intends to make Taylor Swift’s next concert and something tells me there’s a seat already waiting for him. The day after Christmas, he received a visit and an impromptu performance by the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar herself.

“He was excited,” said her daughter, Lynette Fowler. “He was like dancing to the beat, what he thought was the beat of the music, and having a great time with it.”

Update: New full video via Cyrus’ grandson, Chris Porter.

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The Forever and Always Fearless One even picked up a guitar and played an acoustic version of “Shake It Off” for the entire gathering. I don’t want to overwhelm you with stuff, so- oh ok, one more video here…

As long as she does one impromptu thing like this for us regular people once a year, I’m happy.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! 🙂

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(Sources: Robert Frye, Landon PooreKFVS 12 news, @TSwiftNZ, @the_diagon_alli, Chris Porter)

The 13 Days of Taylor: What to give your favourite Swiftie

(Source: store.taylorswift.com)
(Source: store.taylorswift.com)

We’ll be right back after these messages, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who could use a new poster or a keychain, we’re just going to stop for a commercial. Don’t know what to give your favourite blogger Swiftie BFF this holiday season? Well, try getting something from the Taylor Swift Store. They’re once more doing the 13 Days of Taylor, which might be the best time to grab some merch you’ve been eyeing all year or some of the more recent offerings.

Yes, it’s December and there’s nothing wrong with buying gifts for the people you love, but remember to make it less about the gifts and more about the gesture.  As a young country singer used to say a few years back, Christmas must be something more. To be honest, I always prefer to listen to Back To December instead, so here’s a clip for old times’ sake 🙂

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(Sources: Taylor Swift Store)

News Update & Commentary: AT&T announces Taylor Swift NOW

(Source: AT&T)
(Source: AT&T)

You can bet your ass I have some commentary, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who hangs by where the cooler should be and then thinks he should get a cooler, we are not big fans of the adjective exclusive. One would say, with grounds to be right one hundred percent of the time, it’s definitely not listed in our top ten. However, even I have to use it when it applies and it applies here.

Taylor Swift’s image is after all an intellectual property that seeks profit. This is business. Taylor’s time, name and fame (which again we should reaffirm is not owed to anybody but herself and her fandom) are a precious commodity. Taylor Swift is a brand – yes, she’s a person too, I don’t forget that – but as a brand she has to seek out the better deal.

According to Billboard, AT&T has announced the new streaming service DirecTV Now. This comes after the news that AT&T has acquired Time Warner and its cable service DirecTV. You might be thinking that I’m advertising for them, but within its original content was Taylor Swift NOW which was dubbed “a new video experience only on AT&T”. AT&T Entertainment & Internet Services executive vp and chief marketing officer Brad Bentley mentioned that it will consist of 13 episodes. Unfortunately, this is only available to users of this service.

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Okey so it’s not my idea for a Taylor Swift TV (my motto would be “all Taylor, all the time”) but I guess it comes close? Sounds more like a mini-series TV special than a channel but remember that Taylor has signed onto a deal with AT&T to create new content. This is the first we hear on how that’s going to take shape. Too bad this probably won’t reach us in Canada, but I’m sure a few ninjas I know will find a way.

oming up next, on next year’s calendar:

(Sources: Billboard, AT&T via YouTube)

Taylor is just making sure you know where you’re going on October 22nd

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

It’s not Austin, Manitoba in Canada, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone is shaping things into shape as she and the Agency (the band, in case you’ve been living under a rock) are in rehearsals for the upcoming concert this Saturday, October 22. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s got bills to pay, we’re going to sit this one out because real life and other boring grown-up excuses. However, we still hope we can get you some pictures so we can all be jealous of the fans that got to see her.

The Grammy-winning songstress headlines a special concert at the Formula 1 US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on October 22nd.

T-Swizzle also took to Instagram to share some clips of the rehearsals plus this cute message making sure you know where to go:

See you this weekend! @cota_official @f1 #USGP

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Band practice @cota_official @f1 #USGP

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At rehearsals @cota_official @f1 #USGP

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(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

News Update: Taylor Swift supports Gigi Hadid at New York Fashion Week

Sometimes you take what you can get, Taylor Nation.

Here’s the lowdown. I was a bit conflicted about reporting this and looking like I’m endorsing Tommy Hilfiger. He has Gigi Hadid at his show, so naturally Taylor Swift was going to be on the front row for support. The thing is, clothes are clothes and although I’d rather wear something that doesn’t turn me into a giant ad, I’m also not going to start a row with somebody just because they wear a particular brand. In conclusion, wear what you like. That being said, I try to mostly catch Taylor on non-promotional (or at least less promotional) activity, but we don’t get to choose where we see her now.

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone was in the front row along with Martha Hunt, Lewis Hamilton and Gigi’s family as they cheered the models walking past. A savvier person than me will remark that Taylor Swift has to remain in the public eye and therefore all her activity is promotional, but I’d rather always report with an opinion. Yes, Taylor looked like a million bucks. However, you don’t need to wear a particular brand or look like you belong in a runway to be beautiful. Beauty has more to do with your self confidence and your health than it has to do with wearing a certain size or brand. I would love to see more body diversity on runways.

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You can watch the show streamed in its entirety at Tommy Hilfiger.

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(Sources: LA TimesAssociated Press via YouTube, Tommy HilfigerTaylor Swift via Instagram)