important things to remember:

  • ray toro went to college and studied film
  • ray toro is puerto rican
  • he plays guitar, piano, drums, and sings
  • he wrote a huge percentage of guitar parts and was a huge factor into mcr’s success and sound
  • without ray mcr would not have been nearly as successful or had the same sound (or may not have happened at all)
  • ray wrote and recorded and sang and mixed everything for his solo stuff by himself
  • ray toro is so incredibly important
  • people like to refer to mcr as gerard, frank, and mikey and obviously the three of them are just as important but ray is so incredibly talented and so severely underrated
  • please do not let bandom erase ray toro

I will make a long post with lots of photos later because I want to write something really great to remember this.

I’m getting a lot of questions about how I got chosen - Taylor said she saw my outfit on tumblr and had to meet me (RIP ME). A woman from Taylor Nation came up to me during I Wish You Would and asked how many people I was with and if any of us had met Taylor before (that’s when I started crying). When we all said no, she invited us to Loft 89 and I died dead.

Meeting Taylor was truly the most incredible experience of my life. I’ve been a fan for so so many years and I finally got to tell her how much I love her and how much she’s helped me. I also got to show her the drawings I did of her cats and she was so sweet and complimented my art which was just incredible. I also told her that New Romantics got me through my recent break up and she said no one had told her that before!!! Then we took our group photo and she also wanted one with just me and my garters lmao so that’s how I ended up with two photos.

I’m so happy. I finally got to hug my best friend. Whenever I’m feeling sad I’m going to think about how tightly Taylor hugged me and I know it will get me through anything.

Best day of my life by far.

Claro que te echo de menos y me haces falta. Y no son pocas veces las que te nombro y te dibujo en mi mente. Cada mañana me pregunto qué estarás haciendo, qué sera de ti, cómo sera tu rostro, quién te hará reír, qué me he perdido, qué te han hecho los años, que has descubierto en ti, que ha admirado tu mirar, que han tocado tus manos, que ha cantado tu pecho. Y lo más importante, si vos también piensas en mi, si tu corazón me guarda, como yo te guardo. Eres la cicatriz que más adoro, fuiste mi primer amor, la ignorancia más bendita, fuiste un gran recuerdo, algo que arde por dentro y no se apaga. ¿Qué quieres que haga? si estoy seguro, ya nunca nos volveremos a ver, tu darás pasos hacia otro lado, yo seguiré mi rumbo, anhelando ese reencuentro, y nos llamaremos desde lejos sin tener una respuesta y gritaras mi nombre en silencio. Algo se clavo en nosotros, algo nos secuestra, nos dolemos y nos seguiremos doliendo toda la vida. Pero cuanto amo…
—  La más grata nostalgia, Joseph Kapone (Fragmento)

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What an incredible day.

This weekend, me, lanii, and zellerific planned a girls weekend to travel to Ottawa to see taylorswift‘s 1989 tour.

In the past year, I’ve become a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I’ve been struggling through depression, loneliness, poor self-image, anxiety and a host of other very personal issues. To get through what I’ve been feeling, I listened to the “Red” album, sometimes on repeat for hours because I couldn’t pull myself out of bed to do anything else. I learned from Taylor that your sadness is important, and it is NEVER illegitimate. You can let that sadness out, give it a voice, and make room for yourself to move past it – but only when you’re good and ready.

1989 is likewise such a special album in my life. Taylor moving to a happier place has also felt like me moving past my personal sadness, having fun with my friends, and loving myself - even when that’s hard. Even though that’s still hard, even after the incredible things that happened to me today.

Today at the concert, during “Wish You Would,” Taylor Nation came up to Lani and our group and invited us to Loft 89. I immediately started crying and shaking. I still can’t believe we were given the honour of meeting her – she cares so much about her fans, about us, and to be part of the select few (seriously, like less than 20) getting to speak with her backstage out of an arena of 13,000 people still doesn’t feel possible, or real.

I thought when I met her, I would cry again: but her warmth when she came to hug me, when she complimented my bangs and my dress, was so all-encompassing that I couldn’t feel anything but happy. She talked to us for such a long time. She laughed at our jokes, she noticed everything about what we were wearing (even our matching taylor swift aldo purses!!) and she gushed over lani’s art and my fluffy cats and my mom. She called my cats “RIDICULOUSLY CUTE!” and told me to text my mom that she loved her.

Taylor was so genuinely interested in everything all the fans in that room had to say. I have never met someone kinder than Taylor Swift. Never met someone who went more out of their way to make the ones who love her feel special and feel loved.

I will never forget my Loft 89 experience.

I feel like there are too many people on here now who are more focused on Loft 89 than their actual show. Guys, you need to remember the whole reason you bought the tickets in the first place. To see Taylor live. To see Taylor perform maybe for the first time, or the second, maybe even the third, fourth or fifth time. To experience something so amazing you will remember it for the rest of your life. Yes, Loft 89 is an amazing thing, and to get in would be a once in a life time opportunity where you can thank Taylor for everything she has done for you but please don’t forget about the music. Don’t get too caught up in the thought of Loft 89 that you don’t enjoy your show. Dance like no one is watching. Sing like it’s your last day on earth. PLEASE HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.