The joy I felt when Taylor Allison Swift announced that her Eras Tour was coming to movie theaters! I immediately texted my local bestie Alexis and asked her to help me figure out where it was playing close to us.

HI! I’m Bevin! I want to be a good influence on you! Welcome to my blog!

I moved to the Olympic Peninsula in (so-called*) Washington State nearly four years ago right before the pandemique. I still get mixed up about the distinctions between Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Olympia because they are all roughly 2 hours away (but you gotta plan 3 because of ferries and drawbridges).

I live over the river and through the woods for real.

Alexis grew up in Everett with summers and weekends in Port Townsend (where my PO Box lives! I’m a half hour away in the lesbian woods) and she knows the geography.

And Alexis, like Taylor Allison, is part of the millennial micro-generation I believe is here to help save humanity. It’s their common astrology that gives me chosen micro-generation vibes off them. More about it in the podcast episode about Taylor Swift’s astrological birth chart with my friend and astrologer Jana of Feeling Loudly.

This generation also all grew up with the internet and therefore are generally very good at getting information from the world wide web. The Age of Aquarius is about using the internet to bring sacred communities and information together to uplift humanity.

Moments later Alexis had booked tickets for the Thursday following the premier (October 19th) in a theater an hour away–the closest we could get. The first showing, at 12:30PM, eased my mind because I try to mitigate my Covid 19 risks as much as possible so I can teach aerobics for the rest of my life. As it was a school day I thought it might be a lower attendance showing. (It was!)

Like Taylor I love special numbers and I loved paying $19.89 for my ticket! $23 with fees venmoed to Alexis.

We just send ideas of money around to one another. Money is just units of energy we all were indoctrinated to agree upon. There are other beautiful ways of transacting and compensating that don’t involve the government!

The artist’s intent for the movie showings as stated on her Instagram dot com page was that we have “Eras attire, friendship bracelets, singing and dancing encouraged 🫶 1, 2, 3 LGB!!!! (iykyk).”

I pondered my outfit for a long time, and kept feeling the nudge to wear my actual prom dress. If an outfit can be a soul mate I met mine at the Macy’s plus size department in May of 1996. I have worn it dozens of times, including glamping. The fabric is resilient and the perfect blurple color. I thought it really served the look she went for with her Enchanted performance at the Eras tour. The pics she posted of those gowns!!!! I didn’t even realize her aesthetic for the Enchanted performance was a bunch of digital purple flowers surrounding her!** Serendipity!

Other than Taylor’s own posts about the tour and my personal friend’s instagram stories of being at the tour I didn’t research it. The movie was shot over three nights at the Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles (70,000 person sold out show). A a fresh delight for me at every turn.

Alexis helped me design this treat bag to hold my friendship offerings in–sisterhood over judgment on one side and Karli & Taylor holding hands at the VS fashion show on the other side with witchy flat faced black cats adorning them.

October came on so fast and Thursday I got a kind of frazzled text message from Alexis about her arts counsel meeting (she’s a local entrepreneur and involved in helping support the arts in the City of Port Townsend) and the timing for our movie with an option to change when and how we saw the movie.

My strategy is to call people when I don’t fully understand text messages. She explained that the Uptown theater in Port Townsend was offering showings of the Eras tour. (I didn’t even know there was another theater besides the gorgeous Rose theater that plays indie movies! I’m always learning new things! Thank Goddess for Alexis my local tour guide!)

“Maybe we can see it in town after the Witch Walk on Saturday?” Our witch dancing group the Dancing Witches of the Olympic Peninsula was doing a pop-up performance of our witch dance. It was the perfect line-up and I was already planning to wear my prom dress as my witch outfit for Saturday!

I think talking transparently about money is really important and topples the patriarchy which feeds off our shame. I am saving up for new vet exam and elder cat blood tests and refills of his medicines and an unexpected car wheel repair. So I didn’t have the money to buy tickets again.

Alexis’s response, “Oh, as the person changing the plans I’m totally happy to pay for the tickets for the new showing!” Alexis is a great and conscientious friend and date!

If you want Alexis to be YOUR local tour guide she runs a gorgeous micro hotel and micro venue in Downtown Port Townsend, and she curates picnics & parties!

As we were getting out of the car at the movie theater and I was doing my Enovid virus preventing nasal spray (thank you to my blog reader/supporter Reema for sending me her extra bottle!! So grateful to have another level of protection easing my mind!) and telling Alexis about the one lyric change I wish Taylor Allison Swift would make just for me.

I’m a Christmas Eve baby, and since Dolly Rebecca Parton leaves her Christmas decor up til her birthday (January 21, also a Capricorn) I think it’s so radical to leave the lights up til February. So I always sing February during “Lover.”

When Taylor played it during the concert movie Alexis and I were singing along and BOTH sang “We can leave the Christmas lights up til FEBRUARY! This is our place we make the rules!” That felt so special!

I felt very at ease in my first movie theater experience since early 2020 (I saw Fantastic Fungi at the Rose theater!) because there were less than 30 people in a room with a capacity greater than 200. Social distancing protocol says you should ideally be at less than 33% capacity to limit the spread of viruses.

Before the show I felt nervous about going around to the mostly teenage audience with my enamel pins instead of friendship bracelets! I FEEL AWKWARD for me means 3-2-1-GO! for expanding my nervous system.

The delight and surprise on the faces of the folks I connected with was so wonderful. Do the awkward thing! Reach out for a connection! Not a single person said no to my gift; it sparked some sweet conversations.

One mom was there with her teenage daughter and talked about how fun it is to share this music with her now. It reminded me of my mom and I sharing Indigo Girls when I was a teen!

A group of four teens ran over to me from their seats when they realized I was gifting these pins.

And these pins… dear reader. I made these collaboratively with my very First Love. They are a graphic designer/artist and if I had known back in my first (or second) heartbreak with them that one day I would be a struggling entrepreneur with no budget and big dreams that JLV would be instrumental in making my artistic visions come to life it would have been a balm.

The enamel pins designed as a derivative of the 90210 logo (they are also a total 90210 devotee) with the words “Three Cheers for Awkward” also have a gorgeous pin card. When you’re desiging pins don’t forget you need a good card for presentation.

If I could teach teenagers one thing it’s to just keep doing the awkward thing! Taylor said in a commencement speech once that you’re gonna feel cringe, just keep going. Cringe is a vulnerability hangover from taking an emotional risk. Anything worth creating or doing comes with a lil vulnerability risk.

These pins are one of my favorite things JLV and I have created together and I wished they were there to see these art babies going out in the world and delighting the teens. The shift in energy I felt in everyone from receiving a cute pin from a fairy in a purple gown was the highlight of my very fun day! Thank you Taylor for telling us to bring the friendship bracelet energy to the movies!

One of the teens asked if I thought “we were allowed to sing and dance.” I told them that was the wrong question. The artist’s intent is that we sing and dance in the theater so I think just do that if you feel the Spirit.

Their group was standing and singing and dancing for the last third of the concert movie.

I didn’t come to this concert movie to play it cool and I’m totally over caring if people think I’m crazy. We had such a great time! Singing when and how we want to! Getting up and dancing! Changing to a different section because our seats were hurty and the ones in the back were more cushy! (Old theater hack–the seats are probably different around the room!)

About half the theater was up and dancing during Shake it Off which was fun to experience. I kind of danced too hard for wearing a mask but no regrets.

I LOVED it. And I ended up using our original Thursday tickets to bring my mom to the theater! We had a lovely day together and she reflected afterwards that it was the kind of thing you had to experience in person because you just couldn’t know the art of it all if you didn’t watch it.

One of the privileges that Taylor sometimes leverages is the width of her audience and impact for social acceptance of LGBTQ+ folks.

She began the tour with Lover era–the concert tour that was canceled due to the 2020 shelter in place shut down. Lover was the album where she first used her voice to shut down gay hating and misogyny.

Singing The Man and You Need to Calm Down at the top of the show was an impactful choice. In Philadelphia alone she performed to more than 210,000 people across her nights at the stadium. Hillary couldn’t command more than 4,000 people in a room in Philly during her run for president and DT can barely get half that. For more about Taylor’s political influence this three minute video on tik tok dot com by Pearlmania500 is incredible. Her crowds prove she could win the presidency if she wanted.

During the song Lover two couples were slow dancing and one was a pair of seemingly two men–of course you cannot tell gender based on appearance. But folks will be impacted seeing two men slow dancing alongside Taylor. It’s a tender song!

There was a fat dancer solo vogueing towards the end of the show (Midnight’s era–her most recent new album closed the show). I have seen it twice and still don’t remember which song simply the impactful delightful solo!

There’s a lot of great choreography that I’m excited to study if this show is available on small screens.

I’m used to listening to Taylor Swift’s music while I’m alone. These feelings are EXPOSING! It’s like my most tenderest morsels being sung along to by tens of thousands of people.

I’m impressed at Taylor’s stamina! Just walking up and down that long stage for 3.5 hours would be too much for most Americans. Add SINGING AND DANCING! Her physical fitness and fortitude is peak.

I loved the production and the screens. The catwalk and stage was entirely a screen that frequently changed based on the choreography. It would appear to be a bunch of breaks in ice during one song, and then an ocean wave she swam through in another. The stage had risers that came up from the stage and in one song the dancers used light up batons to trash a porche, which would progressively appear to have been beaten. (It’s giving 2005 Before He Cheats vibes.)

Seeing it the second time was fabulous because I could pay more attention to the dancers and the the costumes. Her mics were different each era and I loved how Evermore and Folklore mics were wooden because she’s in a forest in those eras!

Last Winter I choreographed a lantern dance to a Taylor Swift song from Folklore (Invisible String). I debuted it at our Glowing Goddess Sisterhood gathering as we entered Spring. I asked everyone to wear white, we all crafted cute lanterns, it was hours of prep for 3 minutes of dancing–I regret nothing! (I will post the very simple choreography to the song on this blog before Solstice so you and your babes can dance in the woods to it.)

My friend and Laughter Yoga instructor Claire holding lanterns for our dance!

That Taylor and her dancers did a lantern dance wearing hoods during the Evermore era was so special to me.

Am I psychically linked to Taylor Allison Swift? She is exactly 11 years younger than me, our birthdays are 11 days apart, this year she is 33 and I am 44 and Dolly Rebecca Parton is 77. I just don’t think these are coincidences!

If this concert movie comes out in IMAX I’m gonna go again. Heck, I would go for the third time if someone asked me! Just know I’ll be dancing!

Though to be transparent when I saw it with my mom I didn’t get up and dance. I did get up and use the powder room during the perfectly placed halftime song 10 minutes of All Too Well. But I was just enjoying kicking it in the AMC theater recliner watching a concert.

This movie bonus is so accessible of her! I dislike big crowds and arenas. I like the ease with which I could see this concert (twice!) at movie theaters. Thank you Taylor for giving us this access to your incredible art!

At the viewing with my mom someone had friendship bracelets to trade! I picked at random and mine says “Where’s the scarf jake?” and my mom got one that said “tatatatata” I regret not grabbing one for my mom! This person in a “Kenough” sweatshirt tried to decline my offer of an enamel pin because he felt awkward and I insisted he take it and read it!

*So-called because some white guys with guns came and stole land and decided what to call it? Hmmmm…

**After seeing the movie for the first time I was scouring the internet to figure out what flowers those were supposed to be behind Taylor Swift in her Enchanted performance at the Eras Tour. They look like they could be crocuses, tulips or maybe even violets when the camera is shooting the catwalk stage from above! I know that everything Taylor does is choreographed and intentional and I love flower magic. I asked my mom as the song began when we saw it together and she said with certainty they are crocuses! It’s Fall and the perfect time to plant some crocus bulbs in the Taylor Swift part of your garden! They are an early riser in the Spring!

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