Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday 9: All About That Bass

Saturday 9: All About that Bass (2014)
(A special request from Smellyann)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
(I'd never heard this song and I enjoyed this!)

1) This song is body positive. In that spirit: What physical feature would you never change, no matter what?

A. My eyes. Gateway to the soul and all of that. Plus they are hazel and thus they change color with my clothes. I like the chameleon aspect of them.

2) The lyrics mention how often the media uses Photoshop to present a more ideal female form. Is Photoshop on your computer? If so, do you know how to use it?

A. I have Photoshop Elements on my computer. I don't really know how to use it. Mostly I use Google's Picasso to tweak photos, or Pic Monkey. I am not very good at tweaking, however, so try to make the shots count when I take them.

3) She also sings about Mattel's Barbie doll. According to Toys R Us, this year's best-selling doll is not Barbie but Disney's Elsa. Have you seen Frozen?

A. I have not.

4) In the video, Meghan dances merrily around her twin bed with its pink head/footboard. Describe your bed to us.

A. My bed is a four-poster queen-sized cherry bed, made by Virginia House in the late 1980s when they were still making decent furniture here in the USA. It was constructed less than 100 miles from where I live. In fact, our area was once the furniture capital of the south, and my friend and fellow Hollins University alumnae Beth Macy has written a book about this very thing: how the south became the furniture capital and then lost the title to foreign competition. The book is called Factory Man and I'm currently reading it.

5) Ms. Trainor began writing songs when she was 11. Would you find it easier to write lyrics or music?

A. I have done both, actually. I tend to do them in tandem. 

6) Meghan recently performed "All About that Bass" on the CMAs with country star Miranda Lambert. Who is your favorite country singer?

A. I don't really have one. I'm a pop music or Adult Top 40 kinda girl.

7) In September, Meghan had to cancel several concerts because of throat trouble. Are you battling a cold, cough or sore throat this morning?

A. I always have post nasal drip. It's a constant. I'm allergic to everything.

8) Meghan was born in Nantucket, MA. "Nantucket" is an Algonquian name that means, "faraway island." How did your town get its name/what does it mean?

A. My county is called Botetourt, and it's named after Lord Botetourt, aka Norborne Berkley, who was a governor of Virginia prior to the American Revolution. The House of Burgess formed the county in 1770 right after Berkley died. The county was huge - it went all the way to the Mississippi and took in part of Wisconsin. Our courthouse has thousands of historical documents, some complete with signatures of famous people like Jefferson and Washington, stored inside a solid fire proof vault that is as big as a house. Lots of people can trace their heritage to Botetourt County. We are famously known as The Seedbed of the Republic, which is also the title of one of the most extensive and frequently referred to local history books.

9) According to the National Weather Service, between rain and snow, winter brings Nantucket the most precipitation it sees all year. How is the weather where you are today?

A. Damn cold.


  1. DD1's eyes are like yours and her grandmother had them too. Some interesting facts about your neck of the woods.

  2. I love that you know all that about your local history.

    Do you suppose you have the soul of a chameleon?

  3. I like my eyes as well! And Picmonkey is my go to for photos as well!

  4. I have only used Picmonkey to add text to photos, I should play around with it more.

  5. My nose is also constantly running, I tissue boxes stashed all over the house.

  6. I like the way you described your eyes. My daughter has hazel eyes but, hers tend to be more brown than anything.

  7. We answered a few of these very close to the same way! I also would not change my green eyes! This is always a fun meme!

  8. I love all this history about people's town names! And your eyes sound very cool. I have plain brown eyes and am envious of people who have lighter colored eyes!

  9. My kids all have hazel eyes, and they change colors, too. Interesting about your county name. I didn´t know all that. What music have you written, and can one hear it?

  10. Oh, no -- NOT this ear worm again! I like the message more than the song itself. Loved Frozen, one of the best Disney films in years. My city is named after James Madison, 4th president of the US. Weather today is same as it's been the past week: too damn cold. As of 1pm Monday it is 15F but feels like 0F. :-(


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