2020 / November

All the right junk in all the right places

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

I’ve become obsessed with a cover-band recently called Post Modern Jukebox. They do vintage covers of songs such as the Meghan Trainor hit All About That Bass. They bring a fantastic jazzy 1920’s style to their songs. And with their own style and interpretation, their songs often simply make me feel joyful.

There is something that always make me smile when people express their individuality and are proud to be themselves. All About That Bass is a song which celebrates this very idea:

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two. But I can shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do … Yeah, my mama, she told me, “Don’t worry about your size”.

It’s a liberating message reminding us to celebrate our diversity and difference rather than believing we all need to be some king of homogenous ideal:

I seen the magazines workin’ that Photoshop. We know that shit ain’t real, come on now, make it stop …  ‘Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.

Often, the ideals and ideas we are being sold, the images of what a successful / beautiful / fulfilled person is like is no more than false advertising to get us to buy into a lifestyle or product. But this song stands up and says no. Be proud of who you are. Celebrate what makes you, you.

I think that’s what I like about the cover of this song. I find the original fun, it’s a song that has always made me smile, but the cover just does it for me. We all have our own concepts of beauty, our own interests and style. And for me, there is just something that little bit more complete about all of us when we celebrate that individuality rather than seeing a need to be conformed to someone else’s model of perfection.

Need to re-discover your individuality? Why not consider booking an appointment with the author, Dr Dave Wood?

Post Modern Jukebox’s version of All About That Bass is taken from the album Historical Misappropriation.

Author

hello@realigncoaching.co.uk
Providing innovative, high quality community life coach training and professional, social skills and wellbeing workshops at an affordable cost. Dave is a former Senior Probation Officer, now founder and director of Metanoeo CIC, Realign Coaching and Theolotweet Academy. He also lectures in Psychosocial Analysis and Community Wellbeing and is a community life coach and trainer. Dave holds a BA in Bible and Theology, BA(Hons) in Community Justice, MA in Criminal Justice and PhD in Theology. He is a member of the Association for Coaching, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a community member of Forum Housing Association.

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