This song has been stuck in my head for about a week now . I’m starting to crack, so I may as well write about it.
Have you heard it? The infectiously catchy, hit of the late summer –Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass?
Typically this is out of my wheel house; today’s pop music is something I have fallen completely out of step with. Chalk it up to age or the current trends, but I have absolutely turned into a curmudgeon when it’s comes to “all that noise on the radio you kids call music.”
And that’s what you get with All About that Bass, your typical pop saccharine shtick that you usually hear – and then TWIST – a pretty necessary and empowering message. “Every inch is perfect from the bottom to the top” croons Trainor. Refreshing, I initially thought, a song about loving your body and all the curves and differences along with it.
I will admit to shakin’ shakin’ it right along with the track.
Then I get to the line about “I’m bringing booty back, Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that, No I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat…” – so I guess maybe there’s a bit more way to go. Was I naïve to think that promoting self-love and acceptance should transcend ALL BODY TYPES, heavy, curvy, slim, thin? Can the message be more along Christina Aguilera’s 2002 hit, Beautiful? “You are beautiful no matter what they say..”
Trainor’s second single – “Close Your Eyes” has given me a little more hope that her overall message is one of – self acceptance – self-love – acceptance of other’s differences and the rejection of socially standardized definitions of beauty. Let’s hope it lasts.
“ .. And show them what’s beautiful, I don’t care what they think, No I’m not listening, Cause I know I’m beautiful, So close your eyes “