Music can move mountains.
It can make an otherwise champion of a human being, bubbling with enthusiasm, crumble and cry, fall to the ground. It could be the way the guitar cries or the notes the singer hits. It could be the dramatic drops or the eccentric highs. But how often does a song move you because of the singers real life story?
Kesha makes her return to music after years with “Praying”. While we should all be happy and encouraging, it’s for more than you think. For the past few years she’s been fighting a battle to win the right to sing and make her own music. I know, that sounds weird right. Isn’t she from the land of the free and the home of the brave?
It’s been years now since Kesha accused her then Producer, Dr. Luke, of sexual and emotional abuse. He didn’t take the accusations very well. In fact, he went on to sue her for defamation and breach of contract. Soon enough, legally she was restricted from producing her own music outside of his label, Kemosabe Records.
It was heartbreaking to watch the girl behind hits like ‘Tik Tok’ and ‘We R Who We R’ go from badass to helpless. But help came in mysterious ways. Activists and survivors of abuse like Lady Gaga led the revolution and supported Kesha. Producers like Zedd stepped in to work on music with Kesha for free. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha’s cause.
It’s been more than a year since all this went down. Finally her record label has backed off. Her alleged abuser has been silenced, his power stripped. The investigation is on going but her freedom has returned. The wait has been a while, but the song is so much more than her return to music. It’s her Declaration of Independence. It’s her rise to normalcy. It’s her, whatever she wants it to be.
The dark clouds have left the scene for now and after 5 long years, Kesha will see the release of her next album, appropriately titled “Rainbow”. I say appropriate because somewhere over the rainbow, there is hope.
So many of us have been at the receiving end of abuse. We must not let the abusers win. We must continue to move on, to spread awareness to help the future from experiencing the likes of our past. It’s take a mere few minutes to abuse. It’s takes a lifetime to get over it. Kesha’s fight is far from over. I’m jut glad she didn’t lose her resolve to make music.
The song is a stripped down version of everything we’ve previously heard from Kesha.
No auto tune. No sexual innuendos. No dramatic antics. Just her and her story.
I encourage you to buy this song. Request for it. Listen to it. Do it because victims of abuse, no matter how big or small, deserve to survive and thrive.