I got a call on Friday at 12:13 PM. (I literally just checked and it was 12:13. Did they plan that? Haha). The girl on the phone said she was with taylorswift.com and that I had been selected to attend an exclusive event. She got all of my information and confirmed I could make my own travel arrangements along with giving me the secret code word to use at check in. She gave me the location to meet and the zip code is the same one that I live in which I told her and she said: “oh good!”
I’m in a sorority at my school and we just had recruitment so I was at lunch with one of our new members when I got the call. I had to borrow her pen to write everything down. When I got off the phone, I went back to the table. My hands were shaking. But I couldn’t tell her anything because we were to keep everything we were told confidential. We could only tell our emergency contact. I told her “I just got the best news of my entire year but I can’t tell you what.” I felt so bad. Haha
It was killing me not being able to tell anyone! My mom wasn’t even going to tell my dad but I was like he technically is an emergency contact as well.
So Sunday comes and I’m super paranoid that I wrote the time down wrong. I felt sick the entire day because I was so nervous. The time finally came and I arrived at the check in location. The first person I see his Spencer. I was SO glad he was there. Since I found out, I was hoping he would be there. I waited in line with Spencer and his friend Kara and met some other people in line, Mariah and Tara. I recognized Mariah from CMA Fest a few years ago. Then I saw Katelyn who I had met at Taylor’s Speak Now, Help Now concert. I kept seeing people I recognized from Twitter. The twins, Teresa and Liz, and Cattie! I was SO excited for everyone! We finally got checked in and went through the security check, then we loaded on to the buses. I was on the first bus! Thank God for the AC on that bus. It’s hot in Nashville in September.
Side Note: ALL the people from Taylor Nation were so incredibly nice and respectful. They were so excited for us and made it the best experience possible. I didn’t catch everyone’s name but Karli, Sierra, Lauren and the guy that ride back with the first bus once it was over, y’all are awesome!
Okay so we arrive at the house and it’s BEAUTIFUL. It’s like Pinterest in real life y’all. One of the TN workers told me it was built in the 1930s! We walked to the back of the house on the patio where they had all sorts of appetizers and drinks. I didn’t want to eat a whole lot because I had felt sick all day so I only ate some fruit from the fruit tray. TN was coming around with a Polaroid taking pictures of everyone and we were all just sitting there talking. Mariah and I found out that we are in the same sorority (Alpha Gam Love!) so that was awesome. After about 40-50 minutes, they had us come inside!
We all went in and sat in the living room. There were couches lining the walls and pillows and blankets all over the floor. I was sitting about dead center of the room. Once we all got situated, Tree Paine started handing out tissues. LOVE HER.
Finally Taylor came down the stairs and everyone freaked out! She was wearing a black romper with a deep v cutout in the back. I couldn’t really tell what people were saying but it was something along the lines of “it’s Becky” or “hi Becky” and Taylor said “Becky is dead. Let’s have a moment of silence for Becky.” Everyone busted out laughing.
Taylor told us we were there for the 1989 Secret Session and told everyone to not tell anyone song titles, lyrics, or even track by track descriptions of the songs.
Taylor started out by giving a candid story behind the song and who she worked with on each song. All the songs were amazing but let me tell you, sassy Taylor is my favorite Taylor. You’ll know what songs I’m referring to when the album comes out. We went through half the album then had an intermission!
Taylor went and got the cookies and rice crispie treats she had made for us! The cinnamon chai sugar cookies were AMAZING. They brought Olivia out then too! She is so soft and just the laziest little cat. Haha.
Taylor made her way back to the chair at the front of the room and we listened to the last half the album. I moved because it was so hot where I was sitting, I was getting a little dizzy so I sat on the bottom stair right to Taylor’s right. TN for some fans going to circulate some more air in the room which made it a lot better. OH and Andrea and Scott were sitting in the back of the living room the entire time! During the second to last song, probably during the last chorus or so, (which by that point in each song people were singing along to the chorus) Taylor looked straight at me as we were both singing along. I about died. That last song sadly came and we all stood up and clapped then she turned on “Shake It Off” - THE FLOOR WAS LITERALLY SHAKING Y’ALL. I thought we were going to fall through.
After the dance party, Taylor went to freshen up and we were escorted outside to get more food and drinks. They then put us in our groups and we got in line to get our pictures taken! I was in group 3!
My time with Taylor is kinda a blur in my mind. When I walked up, she hugged me and said “you looks so pretty!” I said thank you and told her about the first time I saw her perfume in 2006 and she remembered! I told her about how I designed the puzzle for the puzzle piece project and that I was working on that rather than studying for AP classes and she just shrugged and was like its whatever and said “thanks for doing that!” I told her I’d be in NYC for GMA and what we all have planned to wear she literally threw her head back laughing. She said that was great. Then we took our picture and she gave me another hug before I left. I feel like I’m forgetting something. I was freaking out though because I thought my eyes were closed in the picture. But they weren’t, thank goodness!
They escorted me back outside for one more security check and gave us our merch bags with shirts, calendars and a commemorative key chain then I got on the bus. I sat in the front seat because it was open then I thought it was the TN guy’s seat and asked if he wanted me to sit in the back (because I noticed an open one back there) but he said no, we’re in Tennessee, the lady always sits first. He’s cute y’all. The bus starts moving and we are on our way back. The TN guy talks to us up front and I told him how I’m a music business major and I’d love to work for Taylor one day. He told me you just have to have a good interview and love Taylor and her music. OH that’s what else I talked to her about! I told her I go to Belmont and would love to possibly work for her someday and she said they’re always hiring so you never know! LITERAL DREAM COME TRUE IF I COULD WORK FOR HER. Anyways… We all got off the bus and picked up our stuff we had checked in with security. We took pictures with all our new friends and were posting our pictures with Taylor on Instagram. TN guy kept checking up to see how many Instagram likes I was at. Haha Y’all I’m just so excited I surpassed my 59 likes from my picture with Steven Tyler. Hahaha
We also waited for the next bus to see the people that were behind us before we all left! I’m SO glad I finally got to meet a lot of these people!
taylorswift Sunday was one of the best nights ever and it’s one I will NEVER forget! Thank you (and your parents) for your hospitality and kindness in welcoming 89 fans into your home. Thank you for trusting us and hand picking us to be there. You’re incredible and I can’t wait for the world to hear the amazing-ness that is 1989. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.>
Last night was a dream.
taylorswift You have no idea how excited I was to see Spencer and Cattie there last night as well! We LOVE you!
taylorswift Thank you so so so much for last night! It was seriously one of the best nights of my entire life! LOVED the album! You outdid yourself on this one! Can’t wait till I can listen to it on repeat! See you at GMA!
I’m kind of rethinking the album cover.
And now, after a long week, I’m about to be all…….