I had an amazing dream last night.
So in my dream, I was at the Rogers Centre, and there were 50,000 screaming people all lit up individually, a massive cat-walk, insanely loud music, and the worlds biggest pop star strutting the stage.
Oh... Wait... Oh- nope. That was real.
OMG YOU GUYS.
Last night Luc and I went to Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Concert at the Rogers Centre (aka The SkyDome) and it was the coolest thing EVER! I didn't originally have tickets, but I knew no matter what I HAD to see this show. I've been following it on Instagram since May. There was no way I was going to be in the same city Taylor Swift and NOT be there.
Tay Tay and I, we go way back. I remember getting her first self-titled album when I was fourteen as a gift from my cousin. I was so pumped that this young singer had blonde curly hair like me!.. I know that's weird, but I hated my hair. Like, I was straightening it every day with an iron and an oven mitt... So it was kind of refreshing. I listened to the album on repeat 24/7, and fell in love with the stories she told through song. Since then, I've been an avid Taylor Swift fan. I can tell you where she grew up, her parents names, her cats names, and probably list every song in order of release dates.... In a non-stalkerish kind way...
ANYWAY. The concert.
There were fireworks, there were dancers, there was a revolving runway, a surprise guest; Basically the perfect recipe for a perfectly spent Saturday night.
We were in Section 510, Row 18; Pretty far back, but it didn't matter! The stage ran out into the crowd so far that there was no bad seat in the stadium. Our home boy, Shawn Mendes, was the first opener, and then Mr. Australia 2013, Vance Joy (**fact check on Mr. Australia 2013**) played after him. MAN, those boys can sing! It was freakin' awesome.
There was a little break between Joy's set and Taylor's opening song. The house lights were up with 80's music quietly playing in the background to break the tension of 50,000 impatient fans. Suddenly, the 80's music started getting louder. Then, the stadium went black. You could hear faint sounds slowly creeping in; Honks, beeps, the hustle and bustle of a city. Men in sunglasses looked like they were appearing from a subway station as they floated up a staircase from under the stage. All of a sudden- There she was. I didn't know if someone was holding up a million static radios to my ear or if it was seriously the screams from the crowd. It was like nothing I've ever heard! The night had officially begun.
The night was so non-stop-unbelievably epic. 1989 is just amazing, so go listen to it if you haven't already. It's lyrically insane and melodically brilliant. Luc and I were singing along with every song at the top of our lungs. Her outfits were just- ugh- amazing. Like, gimmie ur closet girl. She got us all at the edge of our seats when she announced: "If you keep up this screaming and excitement, Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy, and myself might not be the last artists you see on this stage tonight".....
AH! We all died as a cohesive group.
The surprise guest was Charli XCX. I knew the song "BOOOM CLAP, SOUND OF MY HEART, THE BEAT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ONNNNNN", but I didn't know the name right away! I seriously thought she was going to say Beyonce.. That was just wishful thinking. But Charlie XCX was great fun. I did some 'wikipeding' and didn't realize she's the girl who sings with Iggy Azalea in Fancy! Cool!
One of the highlights was Taylor playing a couple songs acoustically on the raised runway. She played "Fifteen" from her Fearless Album (which won Grammy of the Year), and that's when the waterworks started to flow. It really hit me that I was seeing one of my idols in that moment. I was trying to soak it all up for every ounce of its worth (which is probably like $8093452398467234 dollars)!!!
My favourite part- weirdly enough- was a remake of "We Are Never Getting Back Together". I wasn't the biggest fan of her last album, "Red". It was just too in between genres for me. But this time they played it was literally electrifying!! It had the coolest rock edge to it, and while she was jamming on her electric guitar, she was screaming at us to yell "HEY"! Which we obviously did... She could have told us to give the person next to us a head massage and we all would have complied.
The night ended with the ultimate dance tune. Shake It Off. And believe me, we were shakin' it. All 50,000 of us. It was impossible not to. The light show was outrageous, the beat was 'sick', and the stage was revolving around like a frisbee! It was MEASWATINGOI!!! (Majorly-Epic-And-So-Wickedly-Awesome-That-I'll-Never-Get-Over-It!)
I don't care if you hate Taylor Swift, or think she can't sing, or think she's stuck up. She can perform. Like no one I've ever seen. She has IT, man. She had the crowd wrapped around her finger the whole time, and was running around for an hour and 1/2 while belting songs that she wrote. Her speeches were super down to earth, and it just made me appreciate her as a person that much more.
So, in conclusion, my #wcw (Woman crush Wednesday) for this week, and the next, and the next, will be Taylor Swift. I also give this concert 1,989 stars out of 10. You did good, Tay Tay. You did good. Now, excuse me while I go sing into my hairbrush.
Hi! I'm Jessica. I love beaches, ice cream, onesies, and cuddles. I try to follow my instincts in all aspects of life. I love hearing peoples stories; How they got to the exact moment they're in. The glass is half full. I love the big dipper. The Secret changed my life. Love is w o n d e r f u l. August 24th is my favourite day (No, it's not my birthday). YOU. ARE. ENOUGH. Yolo-ing through life, but mostly singing.