The new 7″ from Sufjan Stevens, featuring a song he wrote about former figure skater Tonya Harding, is now up for pre-order. More specifically, it’s “two versions of one song about Tonya Harding, a ‘shining American star.'” The 7″ will be on blue marbled wax, while you can also get it on cassette.
I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all.
The vinyl will ship in early 2018.