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The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go

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I don’t think I’ve mastered the art of letting go

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey & Rodney “Dark Child” Jerkins
Produced by Mariah Carey & Rodney “Dark Child” Jerkins

OFFICIAL MIXES

3:44     Album Version

ABOUT THE SONG

  • “I don’t think I’ve mastered the art of letting of go,” Carey replied, when asked if we should interpret the title literally. “I think the art of letting go is something that will probably take most people a lifetime to master, so the song can be interpreted however [fans like]. It’s one of those things where people are gonna have to feel the song, if they feel it…then they’re really gonna feel it in their heart.” - “Mariah Carey Says Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Genius’ Single Release Will Make Her A ‘Regular Person’ Carey and Dupri dish to MTV News about releasing ‘The Art of Letting Go’ directly to Facebook fans on November 11.” October 23, 2013
     
  • For the first time ever, here it is... "The Art of Letting Go”!!! This is such a personal record to me. I wrote the lyrics so that anyone and everyone could relate to them and hopefully release anything that they need to let go of that's holding them back or bringing them down. Thank you for sharing this experience with me! Listen to the song below , let me know what you think. I had so much fun answering your questions right here!  LYM!!! —MC - Facebook, November 11, 2013
     
  • As Carey explained on her Facebook wall November 14, initially she did not realize a sound engineer on her team had uploaded an un-mastered, unfinished version of “The Art of Letting Go” because she was so focused on answering fans’ questions during the listening party. Learning about the mistake devastated her. As she wrote, “It is 3:30am (11.14), and I’m sitting on my bathroom floor, very upset by some news I just got from a close friend and employee.” She went on to explain why having a rough draft of a song leak online is so hurtful to an artist (a comment that helps explain why so many artists detest unauthorized bootlegs circulating): “I am involved with every record I make, from the inception to the completion of the song. Every nuance of the beat or vocal matters to me. Even if the differences may seem slight to you, I had put time, effort and emotions into “The Art of Letting Go” and the real mix is how I intended for you to hear the song.” But instead of removing the unfinished mix, though, she created an opportunity to engage with her fans: ”Rather than remove the old version from Facebook (the iTunes version is the real one), I just figured I would put up the real mix and allow you to listen to it back-to-back, should you choose to do so and tell me what you think the differences are. I want you to hear it like you’re hearing it for the first time with me, and I will answer any questions that you have, pertaining to the song.”

    Throughout the Q&A session, she give insight into the making of “The Art of Letting Go” (both the song and the forthcoming album, which has the same name):
    - On the inspiration for her new single: “I was in a really bleak mood one day and I decided that I just needed to let that feeling go by releasing my emotions through music and words.”
    - On whether she has difficulty letting go of a song when she’s finished recording it: “Yes, I do. I find it particularly hard to say I’m finished with this record, but with this song after the latest mix, I fell so much more in love with it. I hope most people are listening where they can hear the various ranges in the song.”
    - On the inspiration for the lyrics of “The Art of Letting Go”: “it’s just effing life that pushes me to the brink so I have to take it out while in a creative zone with a pad and a pen and/or voice notes.” - Global14 “Mariah Carey The Art of Letting Go On Facebook” by David Deal, November 11, 2013
     
  • Carey says this song is about the “ability to let go of things, people, emotions, situations, anything that has bogged you down for a long time.” “I like to leave things very ambiguous so my fans can interpret the songs in the way that they choose to, and that’s why I never really say, ‘Well this happened to me,” she says. “Sometimes it’s a true story, every single word of the song, and maybe this one is, too, but you’ll never know.”… Carey admits “it’s certainly not an exact replica of ‘Vision of Love,'” but she did say it has the similar starkness and not-overproduced feel of the demo of “Vision of Love.” “I really hope the fans like this, and I hope they’re in a place where they can listen to the bottom end, the bass and the different parts of my voice,” she says. “Sometimes when we just listen on our computers, you lose the low end of the record.” Carey wants fans to pay close attention to one particular part in the song. “They have to listen very closely to the lyrics, especially the last two lines of the second verse,” Carey notes. “I would like to have people apply that to their lives in any way they see fit. And that’s why I wrote it. It was an organic moment that happened to also be timely and very real. There couldn’t be a more real moment in my life for that line on this actual day — for reasons we won’t get into. But to sum it up, it’s about helping someone else get through their moment, while I’m getting through mine as the writer and the performer.” - Global14 “Why Mariah Carey planned a Facebook Party for ‘The Art of Letting Go’” November 11, 2013

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

AVAILABILITY

2013 Released as a promotional single, from the then titled The Art of Letting Go album.
2014 Included on the deluxe edition of Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse as a bonus track.

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