The GRAMMY Museum, Los Angeles – If you told me a year ago that I would be writing about Taylor Swift on my blog, or told me that I would have her latest album, 1989, downloaded in my car (and on repeat,) or better yet, know every word to Blank Space, I would have thought you were b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Sorry…I know, wrong song, wrong singer, and wrong era. But, seriously, I would have thought you were nuts.
Well, that’s until you would have patted my head and reminded me that my kiddo is about to enter that magical error and secure her platinum membership card into the “tween dream” years. And I happen to LOVE HER! Yes, I love Taylor Swift. And I’m quite proud of it.
Now that hindsight is 20/20, I can see how very clearly how this all happened. What I originally thought was an innocent Kids Bop CD was actually the gateway drug into a world of catchy songs and clever lyrics. The moment Kiddo made the connection it was all over. My daughter was officially as “Swiftie.” My husband and I? Well we weren’t too far behind.
So I did what any other concerned parent would do. I listened. Carefully. Trying to find one tiny sliver of reasoning why I shouldn’t allow kiddo to listen, but I couldn’t find even the smallest of reasons. The songs were empowering, filled with the same exact advice that I will probably one day bestow upon her own broken heart (God, help the boy…)Do I dare say? This Taylor Swift chick is kinda rad. I don’t know if I will ever consider myself a full-on Swiftie, but since her smooth transition from country to pop icon, I’m definitely a fan.
And now, I’m at The GRAMMY Museum for The Taylor Swift Experience.
While kiddo flocked to the light up disco 2000 Saturday Night Fever dance floor to “Shake It Off,” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t immediately seek out her 2014 GRAMMY dress by Gucci. I remember being a reluctant fan of Ms. Swift, but was completely gobsmacked seeing her on that red carpet. That dress was EVERYTHING. And sure enough, it was just as beyond as I imagined. One day, when I grow up, I want to be Taylor Swift. Or just one of her besties on speed dial in that super rad arsenal of friends of hers.
After watching a great mini-doc of Taylor Swift inside the Clive Davis Theater, Kiddo ventured inside the sound booth for a really cool interactive experience where she was able to “Record with Taylor.”
The entire “Taylor Swift Experience” (#TaylorSwiftEXP) lasted a little over two hours to see and do everything. The collection takes up the entire second floor outside of The GRAMMY Museum gift shop and was packed with kids, tweens and teens. Around every corner, teeny boppers were soaking in every moment, learning every single morsel of information they could about the current reigning Princess of Pop.
All-in-all the tribute is very sweet and as a parent, it was nice getting a closer look inside the artist’s life since she’s become style icon and influence on my daughter. I hope to take the Lil’ One to see Ms. Swift this summer at Staples Center. I’m not sure who would be more excited. Me or her!