“All About That Bass,” gave Meghan Trainor a bad rep in my opinion. The repetitive, somewhat annoying track yields no hint of a clue to the kind of talent this twenty-year-old artist possesses. “Dear Future Husband,” on the other hand, shows Trainor’s retro and creative style, backed by her powerhouse vocals that shine through regardless of the song. She started writing songs at age eleven, and the experience is evident in the structure of her latest album, Title, set to release January 13, 2015. The singles that have come off of this project, the third studio album of her career, are making big waves across Billboard charts everywhere.
The instrumental produced by Kevin Kadish clearly draws from doo-wop influences and becomes the perfect compliment to Trainor’s Amy Winehouse meets Arianna Grande vocals. The hook brings a perfect swing to the entirety of the song, making it impossible to not tap your foot and bob your head to the music.
Backed by deep male background vocals, it’s impossible to not detect a Diana Ross & The Supremes flare with a flip-flopped set up of Ray Charles and his backing trio. Trainor is constantly trying to outline her strength as a woman, pointing out the beauty of being an independent, bonafide woman of our generation. With “All About That Bass,” she suggests the beauty in having curves, and loving them, something that I think a lot more female figures should outline to their young and developing audience. With “Dear Future Husband” however, Trainor goes even further by listing the things her future husband should know about her, and not expect.
With the perfectly imperfect 1950’s style beat and song construct, it is ironic that Trainor goes on to describe the exact opposite of what an “American Dream” wife would consist of…
“You got that 9 to 5
But, baby, so do I
So don’t be thinking I’ll be home and baking apple pies
I never learned to cook
But I can find a hook
Sing along with me”
The real irony though, is that instead of this song being an anthem for independent women everywhere, it actually becomes a quirky and honest confession almost saying, “even though I can do things on my own, I’d rather do them with someone by my side.” Those simple words are a lot harder to ever admit to in real life, but Trainor does an amazing job at confessing the want she has for someone to love, while holding onto her dignity.
With a little bit less bass, and a whole lot more of the ingredients used to cook up this perfect track, it’s clear that Trainor will become a strong role model for her female audience, and possibly even show her male audience the truth behind the glitz and glam of photoshop and overdone makeup. Too many females today make themselves into an over-worked canvas, instead of committing to being the work of art they were born as. Have you ever seen some celebirties without make up? Sometimes they’re almost unidentifiable. In their line of work, it’s almost expected that they will always have a freshly painted face on before leaving the house, but too many young girls are trying to live up to that expectation as well, and that just seems like such a tiring lifestyle to me.
I look up to all of the women in the pictures above, but we have to admit that there’s a vast difference between the before and afters.
Meghan Trainor seems like the kind of girl to tell it like it is (in the form of a song), and admit to being pale in the winter (because lets face it – that’s what’s supposed to happen), or craving Five Guys at midnight. I think it’s a lot braver to walk around as yourself, then a pretend version, and I feel that Trainor, as an artist, will be able to convey that message to a lot of girls as well.