She was just 17 at the time, and her debut album, “Taylor Swift” was about to vault her into the limelight as one of the hottest new music artists of the day. The new Taylor Swift exhibit at the MIM offers a glimpse into the early days of country’s biggest star and her meteoric rise to superstardom that is now the stuff of legend.
The exhibit, now on view in MIM’s Artist Gallery, features memorabilia from her early days as a songwriter, some of her onstage costumes and instruments she’s played on tour.
This beaded Roberto Cavalli dress was the dress Taylor wore on her “Speak Now” tour; she opened each performance wearing it and also wears it on the cover of the “Speak Now” CD/DVD.
Also on display is the candy-apple red Les Paul guitar, which was restored to its original shiny, sparkly self for the exhibit !
You’ll see the large bell that appeared as a prop onstage during the performance of “Haunted” – along with the ukelele and banjo Taylor played on tour.
Taylor bought the Koa wood ukelele while on vacation with her family in Hawaii; the banjo is a special 6-string instrument designed for guitar players and it’s actually called a granjo. Taylor played it on the songs, “Mean” and “Our Song”.
If you visit the exhibit, make sure you grab yourself some head-phones at the front desk so you can listen to the music playing in the music videos. It’s the best part of a visit to the MIM.
You can also venture over to the gift shop, where there are various Taylor Swift items available for purchase, including CD’s, notebooks for aspiring songwriters and the t-shirt from her latest hit single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “
“Taylor-Made” for every girl or woman who’s gone through a heart-wrenching break-up and is now ready to move on !!! Ha !
You can contact the Musical Instrument Museum ( MIM ) for hours and more information online at mim.org or call (480) 478-6000.