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Though a self-described introvert, 13-year-old Autumn McFarland is still a fan of performance. She can be seen in the Children’s Theatre Theatre Arts Training production of Why?, which opens Saturday. Otherwise, says her mother, Tasha, she can be seen on the couch reading “something categorized as ‘YA dystopia.’” Miley's Bangerz Tour at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was Autumn's first concert.
On her appreciation of music: I am not a fan of pop music. Never have been. My dad writes music, and I’ve tried to learn guitar. Music should mean something to the writer and maybe to the listener as well. It should never be used to become popular or rich.
On Miley’s being her first concert: I wasn’t excited about it. However, I was determined to at least try to enjoy it.
On the crowd: It was a loud, obnoxious, non-introvert-friendly crowd.
On the sound: It was very loud, so loud that I vibrated. I didn’t recognize any of the songs, but it was okay. I found myself getting excited along with the crowd.
On what she thought was her first glimpse of Miley: There were balloon arches and balloons hanging from the ceiling. They were cool, but I couldn’t see very well because of them. There were two girls on stage, singing. I guessed that Miley was the one with shorter hair.
But she wasn’t: Then they played a song that I knew. That was when I realized that the concert hadn’t started yet. We were listening to Iconapop sing “I Love It.”
Finally, Miley: An entire hour later, Miley rode down a pink slide wearing a pair of tiny white and hot pink angel wings, cowboy boots, and an outfit that looked like a gymnastics uniform.
On the crowd’s reaction: The girl sitting next to me shrieked, making the entire concert worth it.
On the music: I didn’t recognize the first two songs. At some point, she left the stage, returning with a tight sparkly gold outfit. I still didn’t recognize the music but it didn’t sound very good.
On the point, as she sees it: The point of that concert wasn’t about love of music or good singing. It was simply to become more famous.
On her next concert experience: I am done with concerts for a few years.
Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. See bio.
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