On Tuesday night, the sparkly-dressed and curly-tressed masses swarmed the Verizon Center. They had to come to see her, she whose name is never just spoken but is squealed, gasped, breathed: “Taylor!”They were speaking, naturally, of Taylor Swift, the country-pop star whose “Speak Now” tour has a two-day stop in Washington. Swift’s disciples arrived in homemade T-shirts and cowboy boots with moms and best friends in tow. They expressed nothing but love — omigosh, LOVE, hands in a heart shape held over the heart for double-hearting emphasis love — for the current poet laureate of puberty.
“She’s so normal,” said Abby Sisson, 16. “You can imagine her being your best friend. ... Every situation that you’re in, there’s a Taylor Swift song for it.”Years from now, Taylor's fans will still remember that concert in Washington like it just happened: the sounds, the scene, who they were with, what they wore... and they'll remember the lyrics to the songs as if there was never a time in their life that they didn't know them by heart.