At approximately 9:27 AM on Saturday, I realized that Taylor Swift was in town for back-to-back concerts at Soldier Field. Five seconds later, I was messaging a blogger I follow to ask her if she thought the concert was OK for a 7-year-old to attend. Two minutes later, I was texting Matt that if I could find cheap tickets, I wanted to take Sloane.
And seven hours later, Matt and the kids dropped Sloane and I off at the stadium to go to her first concert!
My, did this bring back memories! I was maybe a year older than Sloane when I went to my first concert in Oklahoma City.
New Kids on the Block. Circa early 90s.
I went with my friend Erin and her brave mother and though that weekend was full of memories (remember Glamour Shots?), going to that concert is something I will NEVER forget! And I was hoping that maybe Sloane would feel the same way.
Maybe not by Sunday. But maybe in 25 years she will look back. “Man, I will NEVER forget my first concert that mom took me to!”
We of course stopped at the concession line when we got into the stadium. Sloane and I bicker on many things, but eating out and snacking is not one of them! (Her dad doesn’t share this thought philosophy with us, so when we go to McDonald’s, he usually doesn’t let them get anything. When I take them to McDonald’s, everyone gets a drink! :)) So we waited in line for 15 minutes, heard the first band play, finally grabbed our goodies (Soldier Field sells RC products. When’s the last time you had an RC Cola? 1996 at my grandma’s, for me! WHO sells that at a major venue?!!) and got sat down in time to eat and listen to Camila Cabello.
Honestly, I wish we would have just arrived at the field by 8 pm, we would have arrived just before Taylor went on and we would have not lost any sleep on missing the other two acts (who were totally fine, we just weren’t losing our minds over them).
By 8:45, the show began!
I must let it be known that I was not a huge T. Swift fan. Her music is catchy so I always sing along, but something about her has always bugged me. But let me tell you… this girl can put on a show! It was FANTASTIC from top to bottom. Her set, her dancers, her transitions… amazing! Now, she did two songs by herself with just her singing and playing her guitar and it did remind me that her voice, when all alone, is not super amazing. But here she is making bazillions of dollars so who am I to judge!
Sloane and I were definitely not well-versed in her newest album (partially because the first time I heard “Look What You Made me Do”, I thought it was ridiculous so sort of wrote the rest of her album off without listening to it. And then she played a lot of her new stuff at the concert and I was a fan! I was also the only person in the stadium that didn’t know the words to each of the songs. So… my bad!
Here are a few fun videos (click the links to view):
Right around 10:13 pm (I just happened to glance at my phone just then), it started to rain. Which I was 100 percent not prepared for (also, it was in the 50s at the show and anytime it’s that chilly AND you’re by the water – Soldier Field is right off of the lake – it’s extra cold so we were a liittttllle chilly all night).
So. Mom fail there.
By that point, we started walking to the concourse and I knew she had about 20 minutes left in the show, so we just decided to take off. I thought maybe we could beat the crowds. In the end, we just got more wet and couldn’t figure out where Uber would pick us up at. So we walked to the train. And then Ubered home four blocks. Because it was 11:30 pm. And it was POURING down rain.
Sloane was wiped out and almost asleep on the train, but she made it and will live to tell the tale!
Honestly, I hope she had a good time and won’t forget it. I know I won’t. It was worth losing my vision at around 3:30 pm since I had been hunting for tickets via the computer all day long. And it was worth getting soaking wet in the rain. Six hours with my girl, spent not fighting, but eating, listening and singing and just enjoying each other’s company.
Now… if I can get her to a Bruno Mars concert, her life will be made. 🙂