Taylor Swift at Lumen Field on July 22, 2023

          The Eras concert begins with a countdown; raising the anticipation in Lumen Field to an insane level. As the clock hits zero the ovation is thunderous from my location on the floor. As the stage doors raise the performance begins with the emergence of pastel-colored, fan-like tapestries from which Taylor emerges on the platform at mid-stage in a glimmering bodysuit and knee-high boots. The ovation has become deafening at this point. From that moment for the next 3 ½ hours, we are taken on a journey unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. 

          Opening the show with the chorus of "Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince" leading into "Cruel Summer" ushering us “Swifties” into the Lover era. From there we are taken on a journey through the music & life of Taylor Swift. As the Eras flowed so did the memories, singing along, dancing, cheering, and some highly emotional moments where more than a few tears flowed.   

          The performance of “No Body, No Crime” with Taylor and her besties, Haim soared, an exceptional moment. A profoundly personal “Marjorie” was absolutely touching; Taylor’s emotion was clearly evident during this song, transitioning to piano for a brilliant performance of "Champagne Promises” which ended with what was the loudest ovation I’ve ever heard. For me, this is where Taylor is at her very best, completely vulnerable alone at a piano or with her guitar in front of more than 70,000 fans. A personal favorite from the Reputation Era “Don’t Blame Me” was thrilling, the performance of “All Too Well” was mesmerizing, a showcase moment in the set that for me was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.     

           The concert and all of its elements of world-building, color, texture, fashion, sound, lights, choreography, musicians, and of course Taylor was nothing short of breathtaking.  This was Taylor’s moment, creating a lifetime memory that her “Swifties and Seattle,” will never forget. To quote Taylor, “Hold on to the memories they will hold on to you.” For me, Seattle’s 12th man has grown by 1 to 13, and that 13th “Man” is Taylor Swift.

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