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Meghan Trainor: “All About That Bass”

I was certain, when I heard this song on the radio yesterday, that I was getting in on the ground floor of what would become a big hit.

I got back home, looked it up on YouTube and discovered that it had more than 755 million views. Well, OK then…

The song is tremendous. Since it is aimed at teen girls, I must admit that I felt a bit creepy watching it. But the reason it is great is very grown up: Meghan Trainor is promoting healthy body images and saying, quite simply, that great looking people come in all shapes and sizes. It talks to the girls, not at them. The heart of people who talk down to another group may be in the right place. But they don’t get 755 million views.

Besides that, she manages to work in a good bit of 1950s doo-wop. It’s killing me, but I can’t identify the song she uses. I’m awful at identifying harmonies that I recognize. It may be “Under the Boardwalk” or “Up on the Roof.” Please let me know.

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