chuchuchels: I haven’t fully processed that this ACTUALLY happened. The album is amazing… I cannot wait to hear it again. Her house is amazing. Olivia is so soft. Those cookies she made are BOMB. She wasn’t kidding when she said she knew every word to Kendrick’s song. She told me to never cut my hair. Her parents and team are SO friendly. She simply is the most genuinely humble and excitable person I have ever met. I’ll never get over it.
It’s finally time I write up exactly what happened to me this weekend. For those not interested in reading long stories, in short, I was invited to Taylor Swift’s house on Saturday and hung out with her while listening to her unreleased new album, 1989. For the long version, read on…
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 — I received a private message via Twitter from Taylor Nation. I was offered an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but was sworn to secrecy. If I was interested (IF?!?!), I was to reply with my full name and phone number. When they finally called me, I was told I needed to be available the following Saturday. I was given a meeting place, a time to meet, a password to provide when I get there and exactly ZERO other details. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 — I arrived at the meeting location at 4:30pm and was joined by 30 other fans. We were checked in by Taylor’s team and turned in all of our belongings including our phones and purses. We still were not given any details about what we were there for. We were all put on a shuttle bus and that is when we had all resigned ourselves to meeting Taylor. We weren’t officially told that is what we were going to do, but it was implied and we deduced it was the only reason why they would be so secretive and take all of the precautions that they did.
The bus drove us through a Beverly Hills neighborhood until it finally pulled into a driveway. We had arrived at THE Taylor Swift’s house. I repeat, we had arrived at TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOUSE. We each had to go through a last security check to make sure we had no belongings on us.
We were led through her backyard where there was quite the impressive food set-up. We were told to help ourselves to anything we wanted. There was pepperoni pizza, vegetarian sushi, fruits and veggies and a dessert table filled with brownies, cookies and so much more. I will never be able to process the thoughts that went through my head while having a meal in Taylor Swift’s backyard. I was chatting with my new friends, completely comfortable in the situation, until it would dawn on me all over again about the absolute insanity that I had somehow ended up in Taylor Swift’s home.
When we were done eating, they filed us inside and we made ourselves comfortable in her living room. There were candles everywhere, framed photos of her and Selena, amongst many other pics of her other friends and family, various awards on her shelves and a cute, comfy chair placed right in the front of the room.
That’s when Taylor herself walked into the room and we all lost it. There were a ton of tears, laughter and hugging. Tissues were passed around. Taylor was so happy to see us and so excited that we were so excited. She told us that she had been planning this for months and had been looking at all her fan’s social media accounts to find the ones she wanted to invite. She thought it was so weird to see our photos on the internet and then to see us in real life. Yeah, ditto, Taylor.
She finally explained that the reason she invited us over was so she could play her unreleased album, 1989, for us. She said the only thing she asked of us is that we keep the song titles and lyrics to ourselves. She went through each song and described the song-writing process and inspiration behind each one. If I chose one word to describe the album, it would be SASSY. I cannot wait for the rest of the world to hear it! It’s so bold and impressive and the lyrics are to die for. I already have a favorite that I hope will be the next single because it’s absolutely brilliant, so I’m crossing my fingers! Taylor lip-synched along to each song and was loving it. She loved our reactions even more.
Halfway through the album, she announced it was a time for a break. We could use this break to go to the bathroom if needed (I think everyone suddenly and conveniently had the urge to) or get a snack. Some people got to go upstairs to use her second bathroom. That was when she brought our her cat, Olivia Benson, for us to meet and play with. She tried to bring out her other famous cat, Meredith, but Meredith was fussy and wanted nothing to do with us so she put her away. There was a room near the livingroom with the door open and a huge piano inside. This has relevance later in my story.
Next, she brought out a tray of homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that she baked herself. She walked around and passed them all out to us.
When the break was over, we all headed back into the living room and started up the listening session again. When describing one of the songs, Taylor’s mom interrupted by saying, “Taylor, tell them where you wrote this one!” to which Taylor replied, “Oh! In the piano room right there!”
The final song she played was, of course, Shake It Off. She stood up and had everyone stand up with her so we can dance with her. I had a dance party with Taylor Swift in her own living room! It was so great! She was very interactive with each one of us. We were all shouting the lyrics along with her and she was so happy. My favorite part was the talking section in the middle of the song because we all had those lyrics memorized and were screaming along to it. When the song ended she asked if we wanted to take pictures (naturally) and she put her music on shuffle. The first song that played was Backseat Freestyle by Kendrick Lamar. She spoke in a recent article about knowing every single lyric to that song and I can now confirm to you that she absolutely knew every. single. lyric. It turned into round 2 of a dance party and she sang along to it. You don’t know humor until you’ve witnessed Taylor Swift sing the words, “I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Tower, so I can fuck the world for seventy-two hours.”
It was finally time to take our photos with Taylor. She took us one at a time and let us pose however we wanted with her. When it was my turn, she greeted me with a hug and the first thing she told me was that I was beautiful. When I told her that she was as well, she said, “no, really you are.” I told her that I had told my friends just a few weeks prior that I had made a goal for myself to meet her this era and I never, ever imagined that it would happen in this capacity. She said she thought this experience was as equally cool for her as it was for us. I also told her that I recently cut about 10 inches off my hair, inspired in part by her recent hair cut, and she told me she loved it and that I’m going to keep wanting to go shorter. I asked if I could hold her Grammy for the photo and if she could pretend like she was presenting it to me, which made her laugh and say, “That’s such a good idea!” After that photo, it was time to say goodbye and as I was walking away, she asked the girl taking the photos, “Isn’t her hair so pretty?” TAYLOR SWIFT THINKS BOTH MY HAIR AND MY FACE ARE PRETTY. As I walked out the side door, I was given a Taylor Swift tote bag filled with all sorts of 1989 merchandise, including a key chain that was engraved with, “1989 Secret Sessions - Los Angeles, Ca”.
With that, the best day of my life was over. We were shuttled back to the meeting place and, once again, given instructions not to share any details about the songs or lyrics.
I would like to thank taylorswift for being the incredible, humble, gracious human being that she is. Opening up her home to me and a few other lucky fans was beyond any of our wildest dreams. She was so genuine and appreciative of everything we said to her. I still am trying to process that it actually happened to me and that it wasn’t a dream. It really happened.
Taylor Swift invited me, Sammie Carter, to her home and I will never forget that night for as long as I live.
I WENT TO TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOUSE. NO REALLY. I DID. 22 SEP posted by blogilates
Hey guys! Umm something happened this weekend that I never ever in my life EVER thought would ever happen. Guys. There’s only 2 music celebrities in the world that I have ever really impacted my life and helped me either achieve something great or helped me make it through hard relationships. I never had the chance to meet the first one before he passed. Michael Jackson was a huge influence in my high school years, and this was way after the peak in his career. I actually “discovered” him after watching a 20/20 episode that was doing an investigation on his charges. I know. Super weird. It wasn’t supposed to positively promote him AT ALL…but I became so obsessively intrigued with his dance skills and his voice that I became the biggest MJ fangirl. I taught myself how to moonwalk. I dressed up as MJ for Halloween. Yeah. It was like THAT The second person though, is Taylor Swift. Well guys. Guess what. Ok you can’t. I’ll just tell you. THIS happened.
Yup. That’s my sister Jackelyn, Taylor Swift and me standing in her living room at her LA house. WHAT!!??? Wait. WHHHHHHHAAAAAATTTTT!? Yea. That’s basically what I said when her publicist Tree called me and asked me to attend a secret event on Saturday where they would have to take away my phone, where I would have to sign contracts, and where I would have to drive to an unknown location up in the hills where there’d be no phone service. Then she proceeded to basically tell me nothing about what was going happen, but that it had something to do with Taylor Swift and that it would be amazing. She told me that I MUST NOT say anything. Honestly guys, I don’t think I would have done ANY of that for anyone else (well, maybe except my family and the president or something) but I took a chance and said okay. I also asked if my sister Jackelyn could come. I knew that the chances were slim (wasn’t sure how private or secret this event was) but I asked anyway. I mean, the worst they could say is no. Jackelyn and I have been fans of Taylor since “Teardrops on my guitar” and she was the one who introduced me to Taylor’s songs. Friday afternoon when I got the email that said “Yes, she can come,” I immediately flew my sister down from San Francisco to experience this craziness with me. What ended up happening was beyond incredible. Can I share my story with you? Ok here we go First I came to a house tucked somewhere in the hills of LA. I knocked on the door and out came a gorgeous, friendly lady who also happened to be Taylor’s publicist, Tree – the one I talked to on the phone. She invited me inside. Much to my surprise, when I got in I also saw my friend Meredith! She’s Stilababe09 for those of you who may be familiar with her beauty/fashion videos on YouTube. We were both like…ummm what!?? Another man who writes for major publications like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone etc. was also there with his young daughter. Together all of us sat in major confusion. Next, Tree asked for all of our phones. We handed them to her. Then we all walked out of the house as the sun started to set. We probably took less than 200 steps and arrived at a metal gate. When the black doors opened, there were security and cameras inside filming us walking in. We all got wanded down to make sure we weren’t carrying anything crazy. Once we passed that, they gave is a wrist band and we kept walking deeper and deeper into the property. It looked like a country house in the hills of LA. I looked at Tree and asked her where we were. She said, “We’re at Taylor Swift’s house,” with a smirk. Meredith, Jackelyn, and I were DYING. We walked into her backyard and saw the cutest outdoor furniture ever. Wooden teal chairs and tables, a pink and mint rickshaw, roses, peonies, and sunflowers in vintage vases decorating the patio. It was everything you would think Taylor Swift’s backyard would look like. As our little group was walking around exploring, we heard the back door open. Wavy blonde hair and crimson lips, out came Taylor Swift looking PERFECTLY like Taylor Swift. I might have just died for a second. My sister and I started tearing up. (So weird. This has never happened before for people we don’t know.) Taylor walked up to me and said, “Hi! I’m Taylor,” and we hugged. I still couldn’t process what was happening and probably said “OMG” waaaaay too many times. Taylor said that she found my videos and Meredith’s videos on YouTube and started watching them a while ago! We both couldn’t even handle it. Like what, really?! So that’s why she wanted to invite us to her house for a secret listening session to hear for the first time, all the songs from “1989” – her album that will drop in October. Then she said she needed to get ready so she left briefly. At this time about 30-40 other girls came through the gates looking super confused too. Then we were all lead into the house where we sat in Taylor’s actual living room. I spotted her MTV music award, her Grammy, her American Music Award etc. It was actually really cool to see that her awards placed right next to normal people things like candles, books, and picture frames. Her house was very quaint and pretty. It wasn’t massive and it embodied everything Anthropologie. Next, I heard some of the girls start to shriek. Then the whole living room went bozonkers…to the moon!! Taylor walked in. It was so precious to see these girls crying, not being able to breathe, and basically LOSING IT because they never ever thought this moment could ever happen. And it was HAPPENING right here, right now, in Taylor’s house. All of these girls and a few boys were chosen from twitter for their support of Taylor. They were some of her HUGEST fans. After everyone pulled it together (it took a good 5-10 min), Taylor said she wanted to play her whole album for us and explain one by one what each song was about and what/who it was inspired by. To me, this was awesome because I’ve always wondered…who really were the boys she was pining over? What did she really mean by this lyric? I respect Taylor a lot because she actually writes her own music unlike some other pop stars and she started her career at 14. It is incredible to listen to her thought processes and her creative mind-flow. 1989 is an all pop album. No country songs. I was a little afraid because I love the country Taylor. Her transformation from country pop to pure pop is a bold move, but let me tell you – girl pulled it off and she pulled it off well! Taylor sings about everything from moving to new places to her portrayal in the media to certain famous ex boyfriends of course. There was one song and story that stood out to me in particular. That evening, she told us that at one point she had really looked up to this older pop star and tried to be her friend. The other girl would be nice to her when the cameras were on but once they turned off, she’d insult her immediately. Taylor said that she didn’t know whether to laugh or fight back because the other girl just made her feel so small, afraid, and unsure of herself. Eventually the girl did something that sabotaged their relationship for good, and it wasn’t even over a boy. It was business related. So Taylor cut all ties. This song is a way to stand up to her. The reason why I am telling you this is not because I want to share gossip with you, but rather because I had a similar experience when I first moved here to LA. I vividly remember other fitness people wanting to bring me down. Honestly, I don’t even understand why someone would do this to anyone else. I was nice to everyone! Not because I’m trying to be, I just am. Sometimes I’m too nice. They tried to steer me in the wrong direction ON PURPOSE, they accused me of something I didn’t do (more than once), and then made me feel like the tiniest, dumbest person ever when I knew I did nothing wrong. It was horrible. I distanced myself away from them and unfollowed them on all accounts, making sure that I could keep me real life and my online life as positive and happy as possible. You know how I tell you to delete negative people from your life? I tell you that because that is exactly what I did to heal from that terrible experience. During the secret listening session, Taylor brought out baked scones and chocolate chip cookies for us all. Afterwards we all took polaroids with her from a real polaroid cam from literally 1989. Her are some pics!
I asked the photographer to take a crazy pic of us on the count of 3. But she snapped on 1.
We tried again. MUCH BETTER!
Her parents were there too! There’s me, Meredith, Jackelyn, and her mom!
My sis and I will never forget this experience!!
Even got a keychain to remember it forever. We def feel special So basically that was my Taylor Swift secret listening session experience! I feel so lucky and thrilled to have been chosen to come. So in honor of it, here is a Taylor Swift workout I did 2 years ago. Enjoy!
davepastern: The Ready for it... video was good (but I loved Ghost in the Shell so that was gonna always be a given lol), not really a fan of End Game (the song or video). Sorry, but it's my least favourite song on Reputation, and joins the ranks of a few other songs
Jan 14, 2018 8:42:01 GMT -5
davepastern: that I dislike (should've said no, better than revenge, holy ground, and style).
Jan 14, 2018 8:42:32 GMT -5
neoswiftie: no need to be sorry, wasn't my favorite song on reputation either, but I do love the video, especially the London sequence
Jan 14, 2018 8:45:13 GMT -5
neoswiftie: lol gonna need to brighten that gif, 20 frames in photoshop, will do that tomorrow
Jan 14, 2018 8:46:35 GMT -5
13swiftie13ds: Under a winter storm warning here Looking at a good 4-6 inches lol!
Jan 15, 2018 0:00:28 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Aly swifte
Jan 15, 2018 14:04:03 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Hi StarlightDreamer, I'm not a member there... but I'm pretty sure some of our members are there too, I guess they prefer to be on both fora. Why do you ask?
Jan 16, 2018 7:22:53 GMT -5
neoswiftie: I don't mind that you promote your forum and everyone can join here and stay a member there too, I really don't mind, there is also taycon.proboards.com/ they were first
Jan 16, 2018 7:26:25 GMT -5
swiftvote: I've been here from the start... no drama like on TC or the new 'The Swift Life' app, I don't need another forum
Jan 16, 2018 7:37:49 GMT -5
swiftvote: I guess most swifties are now on tumblr and The Swift Life, but they are also chatting in 'private chatrooms', problem with those chatrooms is that 1 person has to approve who is allowed in, and who is allowed to stay, heard that there was drama there too.
Jan 16, 2018 7:41:24 GMT -5
neoswiftie: When there are a lot of members, doesn't matter where, you are gonna get drama... that's why certain topics are better avoided
Jan 16, 2018 7:43:25 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Here we have a safe place for everyone that loves Taylor for who she is, what she does without having to whine about the 3 things other 'huge' fora forbid... Po Ra Re, there are enough other places for those topics
Jan 16, 2018 7:46:23 GMT -5
swiftvote: Agreed, those topics are what causes the most misery on TSL
Jan 16, 2018 7:48:31 GMT -5
twothirtyam: I like TSL but you can't really connect to anyone, short conversations are possible on someone's post... but once you go somewhere else it's not possible to find it back
Jan 16, 2018 8:30:58 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Lol now they have a problem with Joseph Kahn, you know... the one friend who defended Taylor through thick and thin, you know... one of her REAL friends
Jan 16, 2018 11:09:20 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Because he said that pitbulls are dangerous, and I know he is exaggerating but what sane parent would leave his/her baby/todler alone with a pitbull? Just imagine a child who doesn't know how to behave around an animal, poking in it's eye... or worse!
Jan 16, 2018 11:14:50 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Some breeds have a bite and jaw that can kill, Joseph is not saying every pitbull would do that, just saying you never know what might happen, and if something happens what then?
Jan 16, 2018 11:17:40 GMT -5
neoswiftie: Is anyone on the TSL app? If so, did you get free packs and picks today or yesterday?
Jan 16, 2018 13:32:36 GMT -5