Lesson amid the glitterBeverly Godfrey column: After the Justin Bieber concert in October in the Cities, when some friends posted pictures of themselves and their ecstatic daughters, that I felt a little guilty. I’ve never done anything like that. It’s beyond my imagination, to drive to the Cities and go to a big deal, big ticket concert.
By: Beverly Godfrey, Duluth News Tribune
It started with Justin Bieber on Facebook, but ever since that peeing-in-a-mop-bucket incident, I don’t want to bring my kids anywhere near him, so it’s just as well.
But it was after the Bieber concert in October, when some friends posted pictures of themselves and their ecstatic daughters, that I felt a little guilty. I’ve never done anything like that. It’s beyond my imagination, to drive to the Cities and go to a big deal, big ticket concert.
It got me thinking: What will be the next big thing that I didn’t think of? I did a little digging and saw Taylor Swift tickets were going on sale the next month. I decided I could do this.
But, no. I am naive, and the world is complicated. I could not get on the website the day tickets went on sale. Soon after, they were being sold for hundreds of dollars on resale sites. At those prices, there was no way.
But I didn’t forget. Come July, prices were coming down to what I could pay. It’s a shame a scalper gets the profits, but best to forget about that because I got tickets, and we were going to the show.
We got to the Cities early, hung out at the Como Park Zoo, then headed downtown. We found a world populated by moms and daughters dressed in cowboy boots, straw hats and red stuff. The tour was for Swift’s “Red” album, of course, but I hadn’t gotten the memo, so to speak, to wear that color. Sensible shoes and pants with pockets were all I thought of.
Seeing so many moms around made me realize we were all there for the same reason, our kids. But is a country-pop star really the best role model?
I want my daughters to know they are intelligent and empowered. Shouldn’t I be taking them to a college lecture series by some Ph.D.-holding female chemist or something? Well, maybe I should do that, too, but I think that concert taught a good lesson.
Swift spoke several times onstage about criticism hurled against her, and how she deals with it. One of her numbers included villainous, dancing reporters who spun around in jazz shoes while pointing cameras, making me (reporter) shrink a little in my seat.
Young ears in the audience were wide open as Swift talked about how being famous can be lonely, and criticism can hurt. But she stays true to herself and doesn’t let critics pull her down.
Sure, she came out wearing red lipstick, high-waisted shorts and a bowler hat, but last time I checked my feminist handbook, women can wear whatever they want.
And while she’s got your attention in that unicorn T-shirt, girls, may I also point out that she’s only 23 years old and boss of her own show, writing the songs, playing the music and singing in front of 15,000 fans with ease? Her employees include dancers, musicians, a road crew, publicist, managers and more. She’s the force behind a multimillion-dollar business. Her talent and hard work have made her one of the most successful professionals in the world.
Because women can do that. Just wanted you to know.
Beverly Godfrey is a copy editor for the News Tribune and thinks Taylor Swift sounded great. You can reach her at email@example.com.