So along with the rest of the world, in a Taylor Swift frenzy, we were trying to (not really) patiently wait for the release of a what kind of fairy magic would come next. On our way to Chicago a couple weeks ago we had 8 hours to kill in the car, and about 10 hours until the new TS single would be released (dramatic music enter here). In anticipation, we took a stroll back through our awkward pre-teen days, all the way up until jamming out to 1989 our first few years in Nashville. Each of us picked our favorite song from each album (even though in reality we know they are actually all our favorite).
I think everyone wore out Taylor’s first album until it fell apart. I remember on my 13th birthday going to a concert in a small auditorium, with $10 tickets, for the girl who had a song out called “Tim McGraw.” She stayed after to meet every single person and made you feel as if you were the only one there. After that I was hooked on the TS train. (You can see that moment pictured above. I’m the awkward one to the her left). Regardless, I think that personal connection with people is what really made her career take off.
My first experience with the great T-Swizz was a Brad Paisley concert in 2007. She was opening for him and none of us knew who she was yet - at the time she was just a sweet southern girl with moving picture guitar pics. I went with my brother’s new girlfriend (who is now my sister-in-law), and on the way there she was dancing so crazy in her car seat in the 3 hour traffic that the guys in the van next to ours slid open their door and snapped a picture of her. Little did I know, Taylor was already contributing to my growing up; hanging out with cool older girls, experiencing the attention of boys, and sitting on the grass listening and learning about what it was like to be a teenage girl just “tryna find a place in this world” (only true Swizzy fans will get that one). So now, I present to you, not one, but FOUR incredibly flattering pictures from that fateful night. Just pretend I’m the one on the left.
I never had a crazy first T-Swizzy experience. I always liked listening to her songs every now and then, but I never have had the chance to see her live. I do remember 1989 coming out and totally freaking out about it. I’m pretty sure that CD lived in my car for months. I know I was late to the Taylor Swift frenzy, but I finally understood what it’s like to get completely obsessed with her. I actually looked at seeing her live for that tour, but TS concerts were a little too much for me then - I was basically living off Ramen at that time. If anyone out there wants to take me with them to Swifty concert I’m totally down!!!
So thank you, Taylor, for the good cries we had in our rooms about our terrible love lives and the Tuesday night dance parties (cause we are pretty sure Tuesdays are your favorite days). We have grown up with you and changed with you. Hit us up if you ever wanna duet.