At the Masonic last night, it wasn’t so much about “that bass” but all about “that Meghan Trainor.” The singer who was recovering from a vocal chord hemorrhage showed no signs of weakness as she danced the night away with the close-to-sold-out crowd of mostly teenage boys and girls at the Masonic Auditorium.
Some of you may not know the name Meghan Trainor just yet, but you would probably recognize her #1 single on the radio if you heard it. The chorus of the song that goes, “Because it’s all about the bass, that bass, that bass, no treble” was played so often by local radio around the country, that at one point it was close to impossible to get it out of your head. According to Time, even her mom was sick of the song. “My mom just said, ‘Wow, that’s pretty annoying now.’ But she still loves it.” For her fans around the world, that song served as an anthem to remind them that embracing your body and loving yourself is infinitely more important than striving to emulate the stick-like models that they see in magazines and on TV every day.
Trainor, who is a multi-instrumentalist (she can sing, play the piano, the guitar, the trumpet and the ukulele) is truly a breath of fresh air. She wrote her first song when she was just seven years old, and today, as an adult, brings back a child-like innocence of 50s diner music to popular music. Her soulful voice at times reminds you of Amy Winehouse but with the bubbly, uplifting, confident personality of Dolly Parton — she even has her photo printed on the drummer’s bass drum.
However one chooses to describe the 21-year-old, she’s on the verge of something big. And if the over 750 million views on Youtube aren’t enough to prove it, Tuesday evening’s energetic hour-long show served as a testament that this is no “one hit wonder.” Between each and every song, she took the opportunity to interact with her audience, sharing a life anecdote or two, which was met with a chorus of high-pitched screams from the overhyped close-to-capacity crowd and the parents that you could imagine were dragged to the show on a school night.
Wearing an assortment of glittery skirts, Trainor pranced around the stage singing lyrics of love and relationships, all the while keeping it classy like the dignified lady that she is. And even if her critics might say that she isn’t starting any new trends, she is a consummate professional with a knack for saying just the right things at just the right time to connect with her audience. At one point during the show she brought on Sean, a young man who she crowned her king for the evening. When Trainor put a crown on his head and introduced him to the crowd, the smile on his face was indescribable and reminded her fans that even though she’s the one up on stage, she really is just one of them.
In an age where so many artists are making a name for themselves by being trashy and inappropriate, it’s truly refreshing and heartwarming to see a musician like Meghan Trainor touch the lives of so many young and impressionable young people, just as effectively, but with a completely different message. She’s not only a pop starlet, but also a role model, which in these days doesn’t come around very often.