“Don’t let anyone steal your happiness”
By now you may have heard that Kesha’s latest album Rainbow is topping charts and receiving renowned critical acclaim. Not only is her first album in years rhythmically vivid, but the lyrics and meaning behind the album are deeply moving and poignant. From the hit single “Praying” to her song “Finding You,” this album is a light for anyone who has ever struggled, or may still be struggling, through trauma. The gruesome legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke has been an ongoing focus in the public spotlight, with the hashtag #freeKesha trending online and Dr. Luke’s own lawyer claiming that the lawsuit was “a continuation of her bad and offensive acts.” And while many of us had to sit back and watch as she was forced to remain within a binding contract with her record label, many of the song lyrics from this new album provide an intimate look at the internal battle Kesha faced and conquered along the way. With Rainbow, Kesha is reclaiming her personal image and changing her narrative to one of hope and inner-peace. Many of us have wished that this album would be a success, not just because of all that Kesha has been through, but also because wins for survivors of abuse are so few and far between, especially in today’s society.
With that, we’re sharing 6 of the most incredibly powerful quotes from Kesha on her new album Rainbow that prove the miraculous power of healing from abuse.
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“I wanted to call the album Rainbow because after the storm, there’s a rainbow — and recently, I feel like I’ve gone through some things that have felt like a storm in my life. This was my way of telling myself that I was going to make it through, I made the decision to take the dollar sign out of my name. I did away with my cynical self-deprecating ‘I don’t give a f***’ attitude and the matching Twitter name @keshasuxx. I let myself be 100% genuine, vulnerable, and honest in my music. I used to be very mean to myself. Rainbow is my letter of encouragement, a promise that I want to start a new dialogue and be more supportive and nicer to myself.”
“Rainbow was the song that started a new chapter in my life…Before then, I had made other people’s opinions of me my higher power. Rainbow was the beginning of me turning that around and being kind to myself.”
“The naiveté and the joyfulness of a child is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and somewhere along the way you can get injured or hurt or heartbroken and sometimes you lose little pieces of joy. I just don’t want to be that broken person. And I’m not anymore. I am a walking testament to anyone out there that with honesty and self-love, you can feel whole again. No matter what you have been through, even if things feel unfair and hurt your soul, it does not have to define who you are. You can be the person you want to be today.”
“I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”
“I know that I was never abandoned by my fans, my animals, or my family, but when you are depressed — really, truly depressed — you feel like you have nothing…It is in these moments when even the most cynical among us are forced to turn to something other than ourselves — we turn to prayer, or something like it. You look past your shame, past your desire to hide, and admit you need help…My own interpretation of spirituality isn’t important, because we all have our own. What matters is that I have something greater than me as an individual that helps bring me peace.”
“It’s from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength. There were so many days, months even, when I didn’t want to get out of bed. I spent all day wanting to go to sleep, and then when I did fall asleep, I had horrible night terrors where I would physically cry and scream through the dark. I was never at peace, night or day. But I dragged myself out of bed and took my emotions to the studio and made art out of them. And I have never been happier with a body of work as I am with this record.I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it. If you have love and truth on your side, you will never be defeated. Don’t give up on yourself.”