I SEE RED

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I know You will probably never read this. From a mother of a young daughter I feel the need to speak my mind.

My daughter and I recently went on a road trip, a trip we have waited all year for, to see you live. My daughter has never been to a concert this large, especially a stadium filled with 40,000 of your fans. 

A flurry of excited females lined up at the perfume stalls and merchandise tents. I asked my daughter did she want anything, this was her night and I would buy her anything she wanted.

“No,” came the reply. “I am just happy to be here.” She went on to say.

“I have Taylor’s other perfume mum remember I am only ten, I don’t need a shirt which will probably date and I’m not letting you pay $25 dollars for the program, that’s crazy.” I did not expect this, my ten-year old is an old soul and makes smart choices.

She chose you as her role model.

We settled in our seats she with a huge grin on her face and me happy to sit and take in the crowd. Screaming women, I remember it well, yet watching my daughter’s surprised face and knowing one day she would be the same, gave me an inner smirk, yet she swore she would never act this way at any age. The crowd was hyperactive and I realised we would not be sitting for long.

What I did not expect was to enjoy every minute of that night. The visuals, the dancers and you Taylor Swift were amazing. What impressed me most was your positive attitude towards your youngest fans, which probably made up a third of the audience. Mothers and daughters together, enjoying a special moment of sisterhood.

The words you spoke of writing songs, to write you must show your most deepest emotions as if you would never share and then share them, what a great message for all writers. You started writing at ten, I love that you encourage your fans to start writing now.

Your costume changes were glamorous, not only can you play the piano, the banjo, the electric guitar you worked the crowd and the stadium oozed with a feeling of connected euphoria. 

I also enjoyed the personal touch, those images of you at each age, it was inspiring to see your evolution and encouraging to know you are still learning, after all you are only in your twenties.

I will never forget that night under a  summer sky with my wide-eyed, sparkling daughter beside me, a memory I will treasure.

You are a class act.

A true creative who can sell 40,000 seats, without having to resort to sensationalism to get noticed. No swearing, no rude gestures or skimpy clothes, just an elegant, multi-talented artist, full of passion and a powerful message for the young.

It must feel good being able to inspire so many. As I panned through the stadium the colour red was dominant, my daughter wore it too. The red tour will have a special place in our hearts. You said red was a symbol of crazy emotions the hard stuff we all go through. I see red as being energetic, vibrant and a passionate colour. I see a sea of red dappled in the animated crowd, happy contented faces, it is comforting to know that people like you, are out there.

From one mother of a ten-year old daughter I know she will always remember her first concert. Thank you for inspiring our youth with this message:

 BE creative and most of all, through  words and music BE yourself.

About Kath Unsworth

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year I want to finish my first children's picture book.
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20 Responses to I SEE RED

  1. What a great letter. I had no idea Taylor Swift was like this. I am so glad 10 year olds have alternatiaves to Mylie Cyrus

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Jacqui. How nice that she presents herself as a wholesome role model. I’m glad you and your daughter had such a perfect time. x

  3. Letizia says:

    What a lovely experience to share with your daughter (who sounds like a sweetheart, by the way).

  4. Taylor Swift really has a way of speaking to the heart of a girl. Marie (my 23 year old daughter) loved her so much when she was in high school. She sings a song called I think “The Best Day” about spending time with her mom when the kids in school were mean to her. It’s so sweet.

  5. wonderful memories you made with your daughter….
    and with a good role model for once….its nice to hear that …
    Wonderful letter…
    I think you should send it to her….
    Take care…You Matter…(as does your daughter )
    )0(
    maryrose

  6. suzjones says:

    I had heard that Taylor was an awesome show from FB feedback from others. I’m glad you enjoyed it. In my heart, I am hoping that Miley matures in her outlook and realises that she really does have talent and doesn’t need to dress and act the way that she does.

  7. Oh wow, I’m so glad that Taylor came through and provided you and your daughter with the memory of a lifetime, especially one you shared. This is the kind of star related story I wish I heard more often.

  8. Good stuff. The “stuff” in fact, that the best lifetime memories are made from.

    • Maurice when I look back at myself at the same age I know I would have been blown away, yet we did not have the same opportunities our children have and my first real overseas concert was when I turned eighteen. Yet still a precious memory. I saw Leo Sayer.

  9. Sheila says:

    That’s especially great that she’s a positive role model. It sounds like your daughter already has that with you though too. Glad to hear you and your daughter had such a fun adventure together!

  10. Theresa says:

    Words well penned…

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