Kylie Davenport is a senior at Rider High School and is the Chronicle's editor-in-chief. Going into her second year on staff, she is nervous but excited...
Excitement abounds as Swift comes to Texas
Era's Tour happening this weekend in Arlington
March 28, 2023
I honestly don’t even know where to begin. Taylor Swift is playing in my ears as I write and the temptation to scream the words to all my favorite songs is difficult to resist.
I have listened to Taylor Swift since I was four years old. The addiction to this country and pop music star all began when I danced along to a John Mayer song with my dad. I said something about the “girl who sings with him,” and a few days later my dad had made me a CD (CDs were cool then).
I listened to the “Fearless” album on repeat and the tracks have not stopped to this day. As Taylor Swift released more and more albums, I constantly listened much to my sister’s annoyance.
Four years ago, during the “Reputation Tour,” I attended my very first concert with my mom. We sang and played the album the whole car ride down. After the concert, I no longer had a voice. I knew every song to that album, and it was one of my favorite nights. I wished I could fly, I was in the best mood.
After her original manager did some very cruel, and what I believe should be illegal, actions to Taylor Swift and her music, she began to re-record all her albums and reclaim her independence as an artist. Now, she is going on tour with all of her music. She is beginning a new era with all of her songs claimed. So, she created the “Era’s Tour” which will be at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium from Friday until Sunday.
Fans across the world went ballistic as the “Era’s Tour” opened ticket sales. I wanted to go very badly and told my parents “I will literally die if I can’t go.”
Then, something strange and unpredictable happened. The site crashed and millions were deprived of tickets for, who I believe, is one of the best artists in the universe. My parents told me tickets were too expensive anyway.
I was so upset and cried for what seemed like forever. Then I learned that my cousin, Olivia, was one of the lucky ones who was able to purchase a ticket. I was very jealous. Later, I was told my aunt and my little cousin were able to buy tickets.
Jealousy turned to anger and I wanted to scream and cry in the rain as I cursed Ticketmaster’s name. I began to turn insane. Ticketmaster and I began to have problems that turned into bad blood, and I didn’t think we could solve the problem.
A couple months later I turned 18. I had to work at 6:30 a.m. and finally came home exhausted. Just as I was about to shower, my parents told me they had a small gift for me. My mom told me that it was OK if I didn’t like it and we could return it.
I opened it and began screaming in happiness and even cried. I was given tickets to the concerts. I should’ve known my parents were trouble when I walked in because they love to surprise us.
Now the countdown begins to my Friday concert date. I will be inside AT&T Stadium singing my heart out to my favorite artist. The excitement is building and I cannot wait. For the concert I decided to dress up for the Fearless album since that is what began this addiction to her music.
Everyone there is searching for a sound they haven’t heard before as Taylor Swift says “Welcome to Arlington.” The lights will be so bright, but I will not be blinded. The “Era’s Tour” is waiting.