Listening to Taylor Swift is one guilty pleasure that I’m really not guilty about. With all my not-so-good-experience in love, I’ve tried making myself more nonchalant about the subject. But Taylor’s romantic lyricism never fails to hit my heart rock bottom. It gives me all the feels I need to go back to my old hopeless romantic teenage self.
So when I heard that Taylor’s gonna bring the 1989 World Tour in Tokyo, I promised myself that I’m gonna get my ass to Tokyo Dome for her concert no matter what. But getting tickets in Japan are very complicated with all these lottery shenanigans they have here so I wasn’t able to buy for myself. I just gave up to the fact of seeing her perform live. But through some twist of fate, I found out that a co-worker had an extra ticket for the 1989 World Tour concert and she was very willing to go with me. It reminded me of an old cliche that says, “if it’s for you, then it’s gonna come to you in time.” And it did!
* I love the free wristband lights that changes in synchrony to the music being played by Taylor during the entire concert. Sometimes, it would look like the beautiful lights of New York City, a beautiful galaxy of blue stars or a flood of pink flowers for a love song. Props to the you, lights people!!!
* All those outfits for the whole concert were to die for. Taylor was giving us sexy, girly, dreamy, S&M and everything. My favorite was that pink dress that lights up in the dark which she wore for “How You Get The Girl”. The moment she went out in that dress, I immediately shouted “kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii”.
* The 1989 World Tour is a testament of Taylor’s new chapter as an artist. We all know that her 1989 album is Tay-Tay’s final farewell to country music to go full-fledged pop superstar. And this tour even makes that more evident. It’s a testament that Taylor isn’t afraid to experiment with her music styles by giving also sharing different versions of her past hits like a rock flavored “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together” and a slow beat but nevertheless feel-good version of “Love Story”. This is proof that Taylor can own any genre of music as long as she has her signature lyricism that talks about love and its complications.
* Let’s face it: Taylor doesn’t have the greatest voice nor the best moves but what she lacks in performing skills, she makes it up not only for her brilliance in creating music but also her charm. She’s very relatable with the way she shares her life and lessons about love with her music and concert spiels. She’s not afraid to open up about her relationships, making her vulnerable and human in so many ways. Once, you see that in Taylor, you won’t see her as a pop idol but as a friend. And like a best gal friend, she falls in love, hates and disses the ex, stumbles, and rises up with you all through the journey. She does all of these with her music which immediately turns you into a “swiftie” (what they usually call a Taylor Swift fan).
I love you, Taylor! Though sometimes, I disagree with your views about love (it’s just me being the older guy here), you still give me the right dosage of cheesiness that I occasionally need in my life. That means that your music hits a special place in my heart and that’s a lot. You don’t need to be like me nor I don’t need to be like you for me to love you. Just be who you are, that dreamy girl with some much passion for everything she does but remains sweet, vulnerable and human. Our differences won’t stop me from admiring you. Continue to inspire your fans all over the world, telling them that in relationships, it’s definitely okay to love and give it all, fall down, stand up, dust yourself off and rise above it all.
I wish that in the future, I’d be able to talk and share with you my thoughts about life and love and maybe you’ll be able to learn something from it. It may even inspire you to create beautiful music. I believe that it’s possible because I know that you’re reading this somewhere. For now, thank you for the beautiful music.