Kesha gives us the backstory on the title track of her highly-anticipated meaning of love essay album, Rainbow. I was in a very dark place.
I was alone and scared in rehab for an eating disorder that had gotten wildly out of control. I wasn’t allowed to work or have any technology — no phone, no computer, no texting, no social media. At first, they wouldn’t let me have any kind of instrument either. I begged them to let me have a keyboard — even a toy keyboard. I had so many emotions, and I didn’t know how else to deal with them. Writing songs is the only way I know how to process things. I remember I begged and begged, until they finally agreed I could have a keyboard for one hour a day.
My boyfriend Brad sent me his keyboard and some crappy headphones that were falling apart. Every day I sat there on the floor and played. The whole album idea and tour and everything, came from me crying and singing and playing and dreaming until my hour was up and they took the keyboard away again. Every day I would just cry and play that song because I knew I had to get through that incredibly hard time. I knew I had to change and learn to take care of and love myself, and I had no idea how to even begin.
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That song and the lyrics were a letter to myself promising that I was going to take care of myself going forward and that I was going to be okay. For a long time, I didn’t know if that idea was just a fantasy, a ghost to keep me waking up and actually getting out of my bed, or if it could actually come true. But I just held onto that idea because it was all I had. I’m gonna put it out. I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it. This idea, and the support I received from fans and total strangers, is what helped me get up every day. I know that this album saved my life.
I wrote for this record. 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 used to be very mean to myself. I want to start a new dialogue and be more supportive and nicer to myself. For the past couple of years, color has been symbolic of hope for me. I don’t think it is a coincidence that it’s also symbolic for the LGBTQ community, a sign of freedom to be yourself and celebrate who you are no matter what anyone else thinks. I have been trying to bring more color into my life because that light brings me more happiness and more joy, and it makes me feel more youthful and more childlike.
I want to reconnect with that part of myself. I just don’t want to be that broken person. 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. What’s left of my heart is still made of gold. It’s true for me and it can be true for others, too. I know giant pieces of my heart have been held captive in the past.
And what’s left is fucking pure gold and no one can touch that. I knew I wanted to do something special. Luckily my wonderful, kind, and very good friend Ben Folds agreed to produce and record the song with me. I have been a fan of Ben’s music since I was a kid, and he is a musical genius. We worked out the arrangement together, and then we rented out the biggest room at Capitol Studios in L. Frank Sinatra recorded in — and brought in an orchestra.