Taylor Swift’s “luckiest” concert goer

Published 2:59 pm Friday, August 17, 2018

As many of you know by now, I am an avid Taylor Swift fan. This past weekend I had the opportunity to go see her perform at the Mercedes Benz Stadium on her Reputation Tour.

It was everything I imagined it would be. I went with my best friend from college, Madison. She lives in Roswell, so we made a weekend of it. Her dad dropped us off at the stadium in the carpool line, and we had some tourists take our picture outside the stadium, in our seats and in front of the stage. We were those girls everyone hopes don’t approach them with their camera phone.

The concert opened up with a performance by Charlie XCX and Camila Cabello. I had forgotten some of Charlie XCX’s songs, but when she started singing I instantly remembered and felt the need to scream them at the top of my lungs. I truly feel sorry for the surrounding concertgoers. My singing skills are less than stellar, at best. But, when would I ever get to sing along with her again?

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Camila Cabello came on after and she represented the state in a custom Falcon’s jersey. She sang her hits “Havana” and “Never be the Same,” along with some renditions of her favorite romance song.

After she finished, it was time for the main act. Taylor Swift came out and performed like the true goddess she was.

She started off with “Ready for it?” and continued on with “Style” before playing some of her old hits for fans who have followed her all along.

When she played “Romeo and Juliet” I went wild. I remember that song from my eighth grade year. My dad’s cousin worked at Big Machine Records and sent us an autographed picture of Taylor Swift in her Juliet outfit. She also sent us two c.d.’s that we could play on our karaoke machine upstairs.

The song really took me back to just such an innocent time of your middle school crush and wanting to be with him, but in my particular case it had nothing to do with my dad not wanting us to be together; he just didn’t know I existed.

I took a video of me singing the song at the top of my lungs and sent it to my current “crush” and said “hey Romeo.” I’m sure he enjoyed that.

She also played “You belong with me,” hopefully my crush also got the memo on that song and was beginning to understand that I think we should be together.

Just when I thought my night couldn’t get any better, Taylor pulled out her guitar and played “Lucky.” If you know me, then you know I was start struck. When the song originally came out a few years back, it wasn’t on her set list. She didn’t play it, but she did that night and I was thrilled. I told my friend if she played that song of all songs, I was going to lose control. I definitely did lose control.

She ended her concert with a bang and an explosion of confetti after a combination song of “New Year’s Day” and “We are never ever getting back together.”

I cheered so loud. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I will definitely be seeing another concert whenever it comes along.

The night ended with a bit of crazy traffic and a trip to Cookout for chicken nuggets and milkshakes, but getting home at 1:30 a.m. was worth it to me.