We’re counting down the days until Piece By Piece —Kelly Clarkson’s first album of all new material in over three years— hits stores on Tuesday, March 3rd. To hold you over, we’re premiering one never-before-heard album track each day leading up to release. Yesterday we gave you the gorgeous Sia-penned “Let Your Tears Fall,” and today were back with “Tightrope.” Give a listen, and read on for commentary from Kelly!
VH1: “Tight Rope” is a beautiful song— the strings and the harp are gorgeous.
I know, [Producer] Greg Kurstin pulled off a harp. Like, what?! That can go Disney very quick, but I think that he pulled it off so well. It’s so beautiful and tasteful. I wrote “Tight Rope” as a simple song with this simple piano part, but I thought it would be cool to add an orchestral element. I said that one thing to him and he comes back with this breathtaking production. He’s so talented and I love that song. It’s big in a simple way, with an almost lullaby melody. The production makes it so much greater and that’s what he’s super talented at.
Is the song autobiographical in any way?
Actually it is. I wrote “Tight Rope” a couple of years ago and sometimes I feel like no matter what you do to prove yourself in whatever relationship that’s in your life, sometimes you feel like you just can’t win. No matter how much you say you love someone or how much you try to prove yourself, sometimes it’s just not enough. And that’s so sad. So I wrote it about that.
Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece is out on Tuesday, March 3. Pre-order now!