Kesha’s newest song is inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Last month marked Justice Ginsberg’s (aka the Notorious RBG) 25th year serving on the Supreme Court of the United States. The 85-year-old has long been a supporter of marriage equality, even officiating same-sex weddings herself.
Kesha speaks about the song
In Kesha’s own words, this single, Here Comes The Change is a ‘hopeful anthem for trying times.’
‘I know many people from my generation are cynical about politics — and I don’t blame anyone for that cynicism. The current situation in our country, where every day the news brings word of yet another attack on civil rights for marginalized people, and where political polarization has made it difficult to even have conversations about the issues, is enough to make anyone want to wash their hands of the entire process,’ Kesha wrote in an essay for Refinery29.
‘But the key thing to remember is this: If we don’t participate, if we don’t make our voices heard, things will only get worse. In order to create the lasting change we want, we have to stay involved. And above all, we have to vote.’
On The Basis Of Sex
‘This feeling is at the heart of the new song, “Here Comes the Change,” that I wrote with Wrabel and Drew Pearson for the new feature film inspired by a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “On The Basis Of Sex.” When I was first approached to write a song for the movie, I thought I was the wrong person for the job. For me, songwriting is such a personal process. And it is almost always inspired by things I’ve experienced in my own life. The idea that I should be writing about someone else’s life, and that person would be Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was intimidating. How could my voice matter in this context? I thought to myself.’
‘But after seeing the film, I was inspired. It was amazing to see Ginsburg’s story of leading a campaign that successfully changed laws that discriminated against Americans purely on the basis of their sex, as the film title suggests.’
‘In watching the film I was struck by how much Ginsburg was able to accomplish in her life. And at the same time, how much more there is to do in the fight for equality for all people. It reminded me of — and strengthened — my belief that any single person can make lasting change, starting with one small action. I wanted to do what I could to pay tribute to Ginsburg, who has spent a lifetime fighting tirelessly for equality, with no signs of slowing down. I wanted to make my voice heard, too.’
Stand up for your beliefs
‘I don’t think of this as “political.” For me, these words are about promoting love and equality. The belief that everyone should have the same opportunity to live a safe and healthy life full of love and hope regardless of their skin color or sexual orientation or gender or religion.’
‘I hope the song and the video reminds you that we don’t all have to loom as large as these heroes to make a difference. We can all vote and speak up for what we believe in. We can all have a positive impact on our shared future.’
‘If you believe in these things like I do, I hope you will register to vote. Make your voice heard this November. When people in positions of power attack the progress we have made toward full equality it’s our duty to go out to the voting booth and show them that is unacceptable. Together we can prove to our leaders and the rest of the world that we will not tolerate challenges to equality and freedom in our country.’
Watch the lyric video for Kesha’s Here Comes the Change below: