DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: 16 year-old Scugog resident Halley Gavey recently achieved her dream of meeting her favourite artist Taylor Swift in person.
On Wednesday, October 18th, Ms. Gavey and a group of other fans got to go to Taylor Swift’s summer home in Rhode Island, for a secret session, where they could meet Taylor and members of her family, and hear her album ‘Reputation’ before it is released on Friday, November 10th.
Ms. Gavey explained that, on the Thanksgiving weekend, she received a private message from TAYLOR NATION, asking if she would like to attend a private event.
"I got a [direct message] on Tumblr from her team, and they didn't really tell me what it was going to be, and I remember it was the day after I got my wisdom teeth out, so I was lying in bed, and when I got it I jumped up and I was crying, and I was about to tell my mom and I almost fell on the floor. I was so excited.”
The secret meeting location was revealed on October 15th, however Ms. Gavey still did not know what the event was.
She and her family departed for Rhode Island two days later, and checked in at a hotel they had booked in the area.
Once they got to the secret location, they were driven to Taylor Swift’s summer home, and were greeted by Taylor’s father Scott Swift. There was food served, and they got to talk with Andrea, Scott and Austin Swift. Then, in the living room, Taylor played each track, from her new album on her iPod, told stories about the production, and also sang each song.
Ms. Gavey explained what it was like for her to meet Taylor Swift.
“[Taylor Swift] is very, very nice , very funny. She knew everything about us, she knew my name, she knew about my cat. It wasn't really like I was meeting the ten time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, it was like meeting someone who I've known for a long time. It wasn't scary at all, she was very nice."
Each fan got to take a picture with Taylor Swift, and also got to take home some Taylor Swift merchandise.
Ms. Gavey explained how she was chosen, out of Taylor’s many fans, to attend this event.
“Taylor told us that she's been, what she's called lurking us all year [on social media], and that she took screenshots of all of our accounts and sent them to her team, and handpicked us all to come,” she said. "She follows fans on Tumblr and she likes to just check out the pages and stuff, so I think she just chose fans that stood out to her and I was one of them."
Ms. Gavey has been a fan of Taylor Swift since 2007.
"I was really young, I listened to [Taylor Swift's music] in my house all the time and then later I made some fan pages for her, which made me love her even more because then she started liking my posts, and it's just been ever since then that I've loved her music and who she is,” Ms. Gavey said.
She also explained what it is she enjoys about Taylor Swift’s music.
“I think she's one of the artists right now that actually has songs that tell stories and have a lot of meaning to them, and I really just like her writing and her songs, and who she is as a person.”
As it was a private event, Ms. Gavey could not talk about the songs that have not yet been released. However, she did talk about one of the songs from the new album that has been released, titled ‘gorgeous.’
“It's more of a happy love song, which a lot of people don't think she writes a lot of songs about happy love, a lot of people think she writes breakup songs. I think she is showing people that she doesn't just write breakup songs."
Overall, Ms. Gavey said she was very pleased with the experience.
"It's been my dream for so long, and it happened in the best possible way to me.
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