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Last year I won a set of tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The radio station did a giveaway, which required select callers to play “Taylor-oke,” a game in which fools like me could finish a Swift song on air, karaoke-style for a set of tickets to the show. I apologize to all the listeners who had to endure my unpolished rendition of “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Yoga breathing, folks… it helps ease the pain.
The concert was a blast, with 55,000 hopped-up teens, tweens, father-daughter groups, and the occasional obedient boyfriend/husband hanging on for dear life. My guy was so good to accompany me, though he described the outing as a “close your eyes and pull the trigger” kind of evening. Ha! He had fun in the end. We both did. Here’s how it went down…
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Swift’s openers, Shawn Mendes and Vance Joy, did a fabulous job of heating up the crowd and getting the energy high in the room. Both guys sounded great live, and were easy on the eyes, too (cutie pies). I was especially pleased to see Mendes there, as my current favorite song to play until my son screams is Stitches. If you haven’t heard it, check it out now and see if you can keep your neck from rolling ( I sure can’t).
Other great performers at the Taylor Swift concert included surprise guests Idina Menzel, and 19-year-old Canadian rising star Alessia Cara.
Towards the close of the concert, Swift and Menzel took the stage in costumes: Swift dressed as Olaf the snowman and Menzel wore her stunning blue sequin gown to portray her animated character Elsa from the adorable film Frozen. The two belted out a beautiful duet version of the song “Let It Go.” After the song, they stood for a moment receiving the outpouring of tears and shouts from the audience. Then Taylor Swift turned to Menzel, visibly humbled and amazed, and mouthed the words, “Oh my God.” I thought for a second that after all the fame the young star had amassed, even she has the occasional I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moments.
And Here’s the Really Awesome Part …
Although the performances were fantastic with so much talent on the stage, the best part of the evening was the enthusiasm that permeated the stadium. Taylor’s gift to each attendee was a blinking electronic bracelet, which we received upon entry to the concert. Looking around and seeing the black night speckled with more than 55,000 lights, each representing an enchanted fan, felt like a ceremonious lighting of a Christmas tree. All eyes glazed with excitement while we shared the thrill of a special event — daughters making memories with their daddies, friends snapping selfies on their phones, and women feeling loved by the men who so graciously endured the evening.
There’s something incredible about unity, whether we’re coming together for a Taylor Swift Concert, a family celebration, or some sacred time on our yoga mats. Isn’t it good to connect?
Mantra: Joy is contagious