© Michelle Chan
The Meghan Trainor concert at The Greek Theatre was definitely a positive experience, for all ages! So many of her songs were positive and upbeat, with hints of wisdom and self-empowerment mixed in. With the "No" song being as catchy as it is, it is also such a great reminder for girls and women that it's more than okay to say "no" to others' advances or to something
that's not wanted or desired.
Many girls and women grow up learning implicitly or explicitly that they should be "nice." But it can many times serve as a disservice to these girls and women, because it makes it that much more difficult for them to find and express their own voice sometimes. Since when did being "nice" mean having to give up your right to express yourself, your desires, your preferences, etc.? So definitely, minus a few curse words here and there, the Meghan Trainor concert appeared to be quite age appropriate for girls of all ages, as could be seen by their attendance at the concert.
However, there was a song that seemed "normal" at first, but upon further consideration, may be somewhat problematic. The reason that it didn't seem to be a cause for concern in the beginning was because how "normal" it was to think that way, and that many people probably do think that way, especially children and teens. So which song am I talking about? "Kindly Calm Me Down" with it's chorus lyrics being "When my world gets loud, could you make it quiet down? When my head, it pounds, could you turn down all the sound? If I lay in pain, by my side would you stay? If I need you now, would you kindly calm me down?"
The only concern I have with the chorus is that rather than promoting how we can work on regulating our own emotions, it is looking outward for someone else to step in to help us regulate our emotions. Yes, we are social beings and can definitely benefit from receiving the love and support of others. However, it is so important for us as adults to be able to regulate and cope with our own emotions, especially for those who have children or are around children. Why? Because we serve as models for the children around us on how to self-regulate and cope with difficult feelings when they arise.
Overall, the Meghan Trainor concert was very enjoyable!