The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone was in Cleveland on July 17, performing at FirstEnergy Stadium. Of course, she had to send some love to her very own guitar player from Cleveland and long time member of The Agency, Paul Sidoti. In case you don’t know, The Agency is the inside name of Taylor’s tour band. We here are just pretenders.
Even though you have to, please try to never grow up, Taylor Nation.
There once was this little girl named Taylor from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania that left her Christmas tree farm to seek out a musical career in Nashville. This past July 13 and 14, she went back to her home state and performed at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. In her own words, she will never change but she will never stay the same either.
All that to lead to the first night, when she said this speech.
I know some might feel like there’s a part of the concert that gets nixed out of the experience when things break down. But sometimes you get a lot more than you expected. Seeing T-Swizzle just ad lib and then randomly pick a song from thin air is worth more than what you pay for.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who has never thought he has Taylor figured out, we were definitely not expecting this sudden Speak Now revival. The album, considered by some critics as the weakest of Taylor’s discography, holds a diverse variety of songs that are all over the spectrum plus it remains the one album where all songs were solely written by the Sparkly Dressed.
Washington, D.C. had two nights. The secret song on the b-stage was “State of Grace” from Red on July 10th. The secret song on July 11th came out of nowhere: “Haunted” from Speak Now. That’s amazing and I can only imagine how it must have sounded at FedEx Field. That song is one of the most underrated and experimental tracks from Speak Now. I am glad it had it’s night in Maryland, and I’m rightfully jealous of its audience.
Taylor singing “Haunted” on the b-stage tonight! #repTourDC
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy balancing two blogs, a job and some semblance of a life, we’re often delayed in getting stuff done. Not like the Sparkly Dressed, who gets the equivalent of nine lives accomplished in one evening. According to the Lantern, “Taylor Swift put on the largest show Ohio Stadium has ever seen, and she managed to make it feel personal every step of the way in a stunning performance from start to finish.”
Sometimes it hurts living so rock n’roll, Lizettes and Lizards.
The beautiful and talented Liz Huett has brought us another tale of woe and an amazing song with her new song “Responsible“. It’s very close to the lyrical female equivalent to Tom Petty’s “Rebel Without A Clue” with a dash of “Free Fallin'”. Liz song choices may not be specifically country, but they are all tales – funny, sarcastic and full of satire and wit. It’s no wonder that I end up comparing her style to Petty, because that’s how most of his songs went.
“This is looking like a shit show,” sings Liz. She’s not apologizing or making excuses but she does give out one disclaimer: “In my defense it all looked so glamorous last night.” Guess that might sound like an excuse, but it’s so poor and ill-conceived that it just seems to doom the poor girl in the song even further.
I lost it at the “Where is my purse?” line and fell down laughing. That’s a whole night of bad decisions revealed in one question. Even when our would-be-responsible heroine seems to have a saviour by the name of Amy, she sinks herself further: “She’d probably come and get me, but I don’t know the address.”
With the song starting all about Bourbon and eyelashes, one could make the easy reference to early Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and a trainwreck-like persona. I may be biased but I don’t think that’s what Liz is going for. Instead, I’m noticing a whole brand of personas she’s been adopting. They’re all part of the modern day fairytale american girl: dangerous, carefree, jealous, passionate, spiteful, hopeful, careless… and certainly not responsible.
I think what we’re getting on each new track is a new aspect or personality of real young women. Imperfect, flawed, biased and with an agenda. Rather than a stereotype you could easily fit inside a box, each new character embodied by Liz has its charm and a personality full of quirks that gives them depth. It’s almost like Liz is taking on every girl role that has never been given its time in the spotlight.
The result is an anthem to young wild heart of a girl making huge mistakes all over the place. I don’t know who the person in her phone is, but I really hope she finds her purse.