A case for Meghan Trainor, the perfect pop star for our children

Let me first start out with a disclaimer: I have no clue what Meghan Trainor is going to do in the future. She very well may turn out to be a terrible role model and on the “bad list” of pop musicians. For now, though, she’s not. 

For some reason, my daughter loves LOVES Meghan Trainor. It started with “All About That Bass,” and her love flourished from there.

It should go as no surprise given her Mom’s affinity for pop and the amount of fun they both have in the car while driving, dancing and singing. For some reason, though, Meghan Trainor just pleases her ear.

It’s the type of enjoyment I liken my secret John Cougar Mellencamp fandom. I have no clue what interests me about Jack and Diane, or why authority always wins. It just does. That’s the way it’s always been.

For a time, I just giggled when my wife reports of our daughter’s “songs of the moment.” It ebbs and flows and goes from artist to artist. More often than not, since “All About That Bass,” hit the airwaves, though, Meghan Trainor has been the artist behind her “song of the moment.”

I never thought too much about Trainor. Hell, it wasn’t until a recent car ride when my daughter asked to listen to her that I even knew she had more than the “Bass,” song.

The ride was about 45 minutes and I searched “Megh…” on Spotify, happy to see that its search algorithm was working well. I tapped her name and stumbled upon her latest album and we just went after it.

And, I must report: As a father, it was awesome.

Was it pop? Yes.

Was it unbearable at times? Yes.

But none of that mattered when I heard the messaging behind the songs. Here’s a rundown of what (I feel) Meghan Trainor is talking about in her popped-up anthems:

From her first album –

All About That Bass: “Big butts are OK too. You don’t need to be skinny to be loved.”

Dear Future Husband: “Get your ass off the couch, boy. I’m equal to you — if not better.”

From her second album –

No: “No. You cannot have my number or name or anything. Go away, boy.”

Me Too: “I am pretty awesome. Let’s celebrate!”

Dance Like Yo Daddy: There’s really no redeeming quality to this song but it’s fun to dance to it.

Mom: “My Mom is the best. I love her so much.”

Friends: “I love all of my friends. They make me feel so safe, happy and at home.”

Now, Meghan Trainor isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last cheesy pop artist that comes out hoping to reach female audiences of all ages. That said, there’s something refreshing about her attitude, appreciation for self respect and focus on the important things — family and friends.

Do I think Meghan Trainor’s lyrics will lead to great things for my daughter? No. But, I’d much prefer her to have those words and messages flowing through her ears than those of Nicki Minaj.

 

Ben Larsen

Written by: Ben Larsen

Ben is one of the founders here at First Time Father Project. Follow Ben's trial-by-fire parenting here with columns, essays and more. Learn more about him here.

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