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This is a speech that Mark Foster (of Foster The People) gave at the show I went to last night and I think it’s so powerful and brilliant and I’m glad I recorded it because I have to share it with you guys.

"Well, think about this… we’re all here right now in this beautiful theater together. Most of you guys haven’t met each other. This is probably the one time in history we’ll all be in the same room together at the same time. The thing I love about music the most is it’s the most unifying thing in the world. There are people in here that have completely different beliefs, that are from completely different places, that came from completely different backgrounds. Different religions, different skin color, different political views, different social classes, different educational levels, but you guys are all here right now, experiencing the same thing at the exact same time, but in completely different ways.  That’s the magic of what’s happening right now. I want to encourage you guys to not think about your week, what’s coming up or whatever, I just want you to let everything go and to just be here with us right now, for the rest of this show." - Mark Foster

Dear Taylor,

I really need you right now. I need a hug and I need to talk to you because you’re the only person in the world I don’t hate right now and I just need to meet you. you’ve been my guidance counselor for 7 years and I need to meet you now. I have to. I will not let myself die before I meet you. I can’t stand you not knowing that I exist and I really want to have a picture of me and you, my best friend since I was 11. I’m almost 18 and I need to look at you in person and hug you and thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I play guitar and sing and write because of you and Taylor, that’s literally all I want to do with my life now. I cannot think of anything else I’d rather do. I want to inspire and help other people like you helped me. music has always been the thing I would go to but after I found you, you changed my perspective on music and honestly everything else in such a huge way and I can never repay for that. I’m so grateful to have you as my inspiration and my role model. especially growing up. I can believe I’m beautiful while maintaining my morals and attitude and manners. I’m sure that’s a huge responsibility for you to take on and something you might get scared of, but you’re doing such an amazing job. despite what haters and critics think, you are truly beautiful and sweet and kind and talented and a fantastic person. thank you for everything you do for me and us swifties. I love you more than you will ever know and you mean the world to me. I treasure you with all my heart and it’s really hard to find anything that I’d put before my relationship with you. I hope you see this one day. if not today, then some other day. I just need you to know my story. I love you, taylorswift.

Yours forever and ever and ever, Rachel