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This week, the prolific musician Sufjan Stevens launched a brand new track titled “Tonya Harding.” The haunting ode is, you guessed it, devoted to the complicated, iconic determine skater of the identical title. In a blog post about the song, which was posted on the web site of Asthmatic Kitty Data, Stevens admits, “I have been making an attempt to write down a Tonya Harding track since I first noticed her skate on the U.S. Determine Skating Championships in 1991.” In a separate post on his official Tumblr account, he says it’s not in any respect associated to I, Tonya, to new biopic starring Margot Robbie that’s already producing some severe award season buzz. (He did, for the report, ship the track alongside, however they did not find yourself utilizing it.)
In his weblog put up, Stevens goes on to chronicle the complicated (and eventful) lifetime of Harding. Maybe his final two paragraphs sum the whole lot up in the very best and most clever means:
Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely adopted by the media, and he or she in a short time turned the brunt of jokes, the topic of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a actuality TV star earlier than such a factor even existed. However she was additionally merely un-categorical: America’s sweetheart with a darkish twist. However I imagine that is what made her so attention-grabbing, and a real American hero. Within the face of concern and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded time and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines shiny within the pantheon of American historical past just because she by no means stopped making an attempt her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, bodily abuse and public rebuke to change into an incomparable American legend.
I admit, early drafts of this track contained quite a lot of puns, punch strains and light-hearted jabs – intercourse tapes and superstar boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. However the extra I edited, and the extra I meditated, and the extra I thought-about the wholeness of the individual of Tonya Harding, I started to really feel a conviction to write down one thing with dignity and style, to drag again the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take inventory of the actual story of this unusual and luxurious America hero. On the finish of the day, Tonya Harding was simply an abnormal lady with extraordinary expertise and a tireless work ethic who got down to do her best. She did that and extra. I hope the identical will be mentioned of us all.
Along with the mesmerizing YouTube video, which syncs the track nearly seamlessly with one among Harding’s 1991 routines, Stevens additionally posted a second model of the track (full with album paintings) on Spotify. I am unsure what else to say. In the event you’re a fan of Stevens, you will understand how magically he appears to seize the heartbreak and valuable fragility of an individual’s spirit. With “Tonya Harding,” he is completely performed it once more. And, if you happen to’re not a fan of Stevens or have one way or the other by no means heard of him, maybe the track will communicate for itself.