Take two of my favourite music artists, have them create a song together, and I’ll be jamming for the next week, at the very least, if not longer. I’ve been listening to Macklemore since my senior year in college (5 years ago, barf) since he’s a Seattle native and I went to school just down the highway 5 from there in Tacoma. And oh, Kesha, my fiesty sparkly love you. I love her, her strength, and her music. I don’t know which part i love the most if i’m being honest.
Anyway, I follow them both on social media and when I heard they were collaborating on a song together, I was ECSTATIC to say the least. It’s a fun song that’ll quite literally make you miss the good old days — maybe the whole point of the song but anyway.
It’s got a fun beat and is in line with both their current music. It’s got a message, it doesn’t condescend, and it makes you think. “Good Old Days” is that song for reflection that you can still bob your head to in the car and sing every word. It makes you think how far you’ve come and how far left you still have to go before you’re golden.
It’s a great song. Both Macklemore and Kesha have new albums out. I highly suggest you buy their music, stream their songs anywhere you can, and keep growing. Keep doing you, boo. Listen to “Good Old Days” wherever songs are streamed and bought these days.
Okay, so I know I talked about one of Kesha’s latest singles here BUT i have to talk about her album, ‘Rainbow’. (sorry Mom) it’s fucking fantastic. I want this to be my life soundtrack. Each song is straight fire, as the kids would say these days.
You have your more emotional songs like ‘Praying’ or ‘Rainbow’ that secretly make you want to cry but also rejoice in the fact that somebody finally understands the nuances of trauma and pain. Then you have ‘Woman’ and ‘Let Em Talk’ that just make you want to dance. I’m actually obsessed with this album and i haven’t felt like this about an entire album in close to years.
It may help that I relate to Kesha’s current legal struggles or her open dialogue about mental health. Or it may help that her first albums were straight up how i got ready for fraternity parties or girls nights out. I have a lot of really solid memories associated with Kesha and I have absolutely no shame about that.
This album makes me feel like I’m covered in glitter, sunshine, and rainbows. But without the lasting effects of finding glitter in your shower 6 months later. I am SO excited that Kesha is putting new music out and I cannot wait to have this album on repeat on Spotify and iTunes.
Don’t forget to support your local artists. They need to make money too, even if you think they already make enough.
First of all, I am all for the #freekesha hashtag that was flooding social media last year and for good reason. She’s been thru hell & back and her new music is phenomenal. It’s powerful, wonderful, and makes you want to get up & dance. But the one so far that’s really hit home for me is ‘Praying’.
People have made the assumption that the song is about Dr. Luke and the sexual assault allegations last year made by Kesha. Now, this song has some pretty legit trigger warnings but it’s also cathartic. The song isn’t at all what I thought it would be. It’s almost like it’s a letter from Kesha to Dr. Luke (assuming this is who the song is about), hoping he’s found peace and that she’s found power in her voice again.
If you’ve ever been thru something traumatic and are in a place to relatively forgive hte cause of it, this song is for you. It’s a beautifully poignant yet haunting song that will pull at your heart strings and make you want to cry. Take a listen to it wherever you listen to your music (spotify, amazon, itunes….) and support your music monetarily when you can. Especially one as vibrant and as strong as Kesha.
Favourite lyrics: Well, you almost had me fooled/Told me that I was nothing without you/Oh, but after everything you’ve done/I can thank you for how strong I have become