Friends grateful for Swift tribute
HAND in hand, friends of late local teen Rachel Erlandsen sang and cried as Taylor Swift dedicated her song Mine to the much-loved HSC student during her Brisbane concert on Saturday night.
The song dedication followed a social media campaign, #MineforRachel, in memory of the 17-year-old who had planned to go to the concert with friends.
After the crash that claimed the life of Rachel and her mother Dixie last month, friends of the family reached out to Swift, asking the Grammy award winner to sing Rachel's favourite song during her Brisbane concert.
When Taylor took to the stage with her guitar and mentioned a special request to play an old hit, Rachel's friend Courtney Robinson said the girls, all wearing blue #MineforRachel t-shirts, were overwhelmed the message was received by the pop sensation.
"We couldn't believe it we all just stood up straight away and started crying, we were like 'oh my gosh she's actually doing it'," Courtney said.
"We all got up and sang it together and held hands and cried, it was so beautiful, it was such a good night."
One friend called Rachel's boyfriend of three years, Sam Connie, as Taylor sang the song that symbolised their relationship and serves as a comfort for Sam to remember Rachel.
"I've been listening to it quite a bit just to help and I don't like Taylor Swift ... it really does bring it home, that's the only way to describe it," Sam said.
"The girls did a really good job in getting the Mine for Rachel out there."
The idea was thought up in the kitchen by Rachel's friends and boyfriend one night, and Krystina Parker never thought the campaign would go so far.
"We thought it may get about 50 likes, but then we saw it was 1000 and I was like 'what?! OMG," Krystina said.
She and her friends were "so grateful" for the overwhelming support Taylor and her organisers and the thousands of people who helped make their dream become a reality.
"For them to do that for us and her family ... it gave me goosebumps," she said.