“Had a boogieman under my bed / Putting crazy thoughts inside my head” Kesha
Kesha has had a long run in the public eye, both crowned by the glory of stardom and artistic success and waylaid by rough times. Kesha’s troubles with producer Dr. Luke are now as much a part of her public story as her music. But today’s stardom is far more personal than stardom once was: for better and worse the privacy of a star gets traded for limelight and those who maintain their fans are those who can navigate and share themselves and their lives while still staying whole somehow. Kesha has had her boogieman and her crazy thoughts, she sings in “Learning To Let Go,” her new anthem. And she’s still putting that and the rest of her life, from childhood on, together and living with it — going on from here.
Kesha’s video for “Learning To Let Go” couldn’t get an cuter — or more profound as a statement of intent. She lets her fans into her childhood photo album, essentially saying here’s all of me with adorable VHS tapes of her as a kid (see her 1993 Christmas tree and her dancing in the back of a family pickup truck). what is she learning to let go? Maybe her youth. Maybe some of the tough things that have happened since. She’s “done reliving the bad decisions.” She’s “been through hell and back.” Emphasize “back.” Rainow, the new Kesha album, is available for pre-order (see link above).