Rachel Platten Talks “Fight Song”, Music, and More

We’re kind of obsessing over Rachel Platten. It all started with a car commercial playing her song, “Fight Song.” We became obsessed over that song for days – playing it over and over again – embracing the empowerment that we felt.

Then came finding her song “Congratulations” on line.

It’s like Rachel Platten crawled into our lives at this very moment and wrote the song that we needed the asshole that broke our hearts to hear. Ya, we may have gifted that song to the ex with the note, “Congratulations you tore my heart out.”

He has yet to respond.

We bought her album and are loving every moment. Her music is just uplifting and takes you through every emotion that you could ever have. We love her. So we were excited to find out that she sat down to talk to Glamour about her music.

Here’s what we learned.

[lead]On her music: [/lead]I think like any artist, those baby songs are not the best things you’ve ever written, but they count because they’re you’re first attempts at creating art and expressing yourself. When I first started working with my producer Jon Levine on “Fight Song,” he was like, “Look, you wrote this incredibly powerful song, but you’re singing it like you’re a little girl. But you’re a woman—stand up and own that, sing from your body, sing from your chest. Let it resonate with all of you.” So I feel like I really truly found my voice in the most real sense of that word. Throughout the whole entire album, I kind of figured out how strong my singing voice could be. And then the lyrics have evolved because some of my experiences, I’ve grown. It’s been 15 years since I started writing my first songs. I feel like I really know who I am now, and I got to show that on this album. I got to show every side of me. They’ve been kind of like journal entries, very personal.

[lead]On Fight Song:[/lead] When you’re working on something for that long it’s so hard to know. I got a little bit lost in the writing process, like that moment in the “Fight Song” music video where I’m throwing the crumpled paper on the bed, that was really true life. I was filling journals with different possibilities of lyrics for the first verse. And none of them felt right. I had probably 10 different versions of the verses and six different bridges. It was very, very frustrating. I was relying on the all these men to produce the song for me, and I was like, I want to be able to produce this myself. If I wake up in the middle of the night and have an idea, I want to go to my computer and be able to do it. So I hired someone at Guitar Center to come over to my house and teach me Logic music program, and I learned it over a couple months. Finally I mastered it, and one night I woke up at like three in the morning, and at the time I was living down in Battery Park overlooking the Hudson. I looked out and I saw a little tugboat floating on the the Hudson and from the tugboat there were these huge ripples of water. And that’s where that line “like a small boat on the ocean.”

[lead]On her favorite songs in the album:[/lead] I really love "Superman." My husband was going through a pretty tough time, and his dad got sick and we were dealing with that during the writing on this album. I couldn't be there as much as I wanted to be there. I felt really selfish and like I wasn't being a good partner. And the only thing I could do was write him a song, right? I'm like 3,000 miles away, and I wrote him that song, being like, you have been there for me, very loving and very supportive. And look, you don't have to be strong right now. I got you. So I'm really glad I got to include that one.

For the rest of her interview, visit Glamour.

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