“Learn To Let Go” might just be the name of Kesha’s latest single, but it’s also become her slogan over the past few years.
Upon releasing the music video, the singer wrote about what the powerful anthem means to her in Huff Post, explaining the process of writing the song and creating the visualssimilar to her essay about previous tracks in Lenny Letter and Rolling Stone.
“As much as our past creates who we are, we cant let it define us or hold us back. And especially if youve been through something hard, and we all have, you cant hold on to resentment because its like a poison,” Kesha wrote in Huff Post, hinting at the sexual abuse claims and legal battle with producer Dr. Luke that has dominated headlines over the years. “You have to learn to let go of those bad feelings and move forward.”
She explained that the song was written with her mother, Pebe Sebert, and their writer’s block dissipated with the help of a friend.
“I know some of the hard times she has been through, and I was inspired by how she didnt let any of the darkness from her past creep into her life,” Kesha explained. “Her beautiful spirit inspired me to consider how, even though we all go through tough things in our lives, we all have the ability to make the decision to just let it go and move forward. If my friend can do it, then I thought maybe I can do it too.”
“I know I’m always like / Telling everybody you don’t gotta be a victim . Life ain’t always fair, but hell is living in resentment / Choose redemption, your happy ending’s up to you,” she sings on the song, later explaining on the track that she now sees maybe there’s a reason she’s been “through hell and back.”
The video is a nostalgic and whimsical recreation of old home videos, an intentional move that Kesha employed to reconnect to her “childlike innocence.”
“Ive looked at this record, Rainbow, as me being myself, Kesha Rose Sebert, my name without the dollar sign, genuinely for the first time ever. I mean that on every level but especially musically and thats really scary for me,” Kesha wrote. “This idea of learning to let the negative things go has been extremely helpful for me over the last few years, and I hope it resonates with others.”
You can read her full essay here.
(H/T Huff Post)