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Meghan Trainor Is Great and Let's All Talk About That

Some of you might be aware I've been consumed by a slightly more than passing interest in Meghan Trainor as of late. I have never, repeat, never, followed a pop singer's career to this degree. There was a failed 8th grade attempt involving NSYNC where I purchased a magazine, cut out the pictures and stuck them all over my wardrobe while telling myself I had a crush on "I don't know, Lance, I guess." But this was all due to the mistaken notion that they sang "When the Lights Go Out," which is in fact sung by the British group Five. Once this was cleared up, down the pictures went.

Of course I picked you, Lance. Of course.

In the grand tradition of obsessive brains, I now have way too much info on Meghan Trainor and, in casual conversation, make myself offer up a highly filtered version of this information (haha jk "highly" filtered never happens for me and there is inevitably a moment of uncomfortableness where the other person says "wow, you...really know a lot about that topic").

I never understood before why people gave a shit about "acoustic sessions" someone did, or really any live performance. Their studio-enhanced recording was probably as good as it was gonna get. But MT recently went over to London and oh, yes I have watched every video of every radio show appearance she has done. Because they will inevitably either make her do karaoke to Nicki Minaj (SHE KEEPS UP; it is amazing) or hand her a ukulele and make her a cliched white girl, and it is adorable.

You are more than your ukulele, girl

Meghan Trainor's given a lot of shit, and I'm not sure why. Her sound is pop, but it's retro-pop, and she helped write it. She's been involved in music since she was a tiny person, which is good because she's only 21 and therefore it's not like "her whole life" is a huge amount of time anyway. But what I mean to say here is she KNOWS what she's doing, music-wise. She knows how to put a song together. She started out wanting to be a songwriter because she didn't think she'd be a performer. All About That Bass is 50% hers (meaning there's only one other songwriter credit on it, which is pretty awesome).

Yeah, she says some dumb stuff, but she's 21. I was saying a lot of dumb stuff when I was 21 (I mean, I'm still doing that, but I'm not aware of it yet). She claimed she's not a feminist, and she said some kind of ignorant things about anorexia, but they're honestly the exact same things I said in high school. And people're gonna tell her that she's got it backwards and she'll fix it.


1) Her music is catchy as hayll.

2) She made a mock-commercial for a Thanksgiving album on Jimmy Kimmel, and it's awesome.

3) She has a super-cute Southern accent EVEN THOUGH SHE GREW UP IN NANTUCKET. I attribute this to her brief time in Nashville.

4) She brought her dad to the Grammys and was really really proud of him the entire time. He also went to the after-parties with her and they danced.

So damn cute

5) She seems like a genuinely nice person. And I know that's an image you can craft, but every article I've read, even when trashing her, is like "ugh, ok, yes, she's really nice." And a lot of her fans are 12-year-old girls and she's setting an awesome example for them. Aside from the "I'm not a feminist" thing. Which is totally gonna get fixed.

I have tickets to see her at the House of Blues in March, and it's basically The Thing To Which I Am Most Looking Forward. I want her second album to come out right now. LISTEN TO HER FIRST ONE AND LET'S CHAT.


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