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Walking on Air is a song performed by Kerli. It is the first official single from her debut album, Love Is Dead (2008).[1] It was originally featured on her now out of print self-titled EP (2007).[2] Kerli wrote the song with Lester Mendez, who also produced it. It's about "following your dreams and just going with the flow."[3]

"Walking on Air" was featured twice on the United States dance competition So You Think You Can Dance (season 5 and season 6). The song was also featured on a season 16 episode of the U.S. dance competition series Dancing with the Stars on May 7, 2013. The song and parts of the music video were featured in a promo for the television series Fringe. It was also iTunes' "Free Single of the Week" for the week of July 21, 2008.[4] It was downloaded more than 550,000 times during its promotion week, and is the largest "Free Single of the Week" download total in iTunes history.[5] The song had received mixed to positive reviews from music critics who praised the storyline of the song.

The music video, directed by Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro (the team known as "Aggressive"), debuted on May 19, 2008.[6] As of March 29, 2012, it has remained in the iTunes Top 200 Alternative Music Video charts since its release.[7] The video features an inverted house theme where everything is opposite of what it is supposed to normally be.[8]

An EP containing five remixes of "Walking on Air" was released on October 14, 2008.[9] It contains remixes by Ralphi Rosario, Armin van Buuren and Josh Harris.

CompositionEdit

Kerli claims when she was younger, her mother would tell her a story: "In the black, black world there was a black, black town and in the black, black town there was a black, black house and in the black, black house there was a black, black cupboard and in the black, black cupboard there was a white box." This is the inspiration for the verse in the song.[10]

The song, in general, is about "following your dreams and just going with the flow" and a "little creepy girl that comes from a little creepy place and she has her big dream and she loves music, but nobody believes in her."[11] The specific details in the song, such as "cats and hats and rocking chairs" are based on Kerli childhood when she would frequently wear older hats.[3]

Music videoEdit

Main article: Walking on Air music video

Kerli had created "Book of Kerli": a book of pictures that she had collected over the years of how she wanted the video and herself in the video to appear.[12] The music video is directed by Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro (the team known as "Aggressive"). It premiered on May 19, 2008 on MTV's website.[6][13]

Live performancesEdit

Among other performances, in 2008 Kerli performed "Walking on Air" at the Greek Theatre on October 22 at the Scream Awards.[14] and in 2009 at The Dome in Munich, Germany on May 22[15] and at the Estonian festival Õllesummer on July 19 in Tallinn.

Popular cultureEdit

Walking on Air was featured twice on the Fox dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. The first was during the 5th Season in a solo danced by 4th place finisher, contemporary dancer, Kayla Radomski. The second was during Vegas Week during the 6th Season when the dancers were taught a contemporary dance routine by Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels. The song was also featured on a season 16 episode of the U.S. dance competition series Dancing with the Stars on May 7, 2013. The song and parts of the music video were featured in a promo for the television series Fringe. It was also iTunes' "Free Single of the Week" for the week of July 21, 2008[16]. It was downloaded more than 550,000 times during its promotion week and is the largest "Free Single of the Week" download total in iTunes history[17]. The song had received mixed to positive reviews from music critics who praised the storyline of the song.

LyricsEdit

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la

There's a little creepy house
In a little creepy place
A little creepy town
In a little creepy world
A little creepy girl
With her little creepy face
Saying funny things that you have never heard

Do you know what it's all about?
Are you brave enough to figure out?
Know that you could set your world on fire
If you are strong enough to leave your doubts

Feel it, breath it, believe it
And you'll be walking on air
Go try, go fly, so high
And you'll be walking on air
Feel this, unless you kill this
Go on and you're forgiven
I knew that, I could feel that
I feel like I am walking on air

She has a little creepy cat
And a little creepy bat
Little rocking chair
And an old blue hat
That little creepy girl
Oh, she loves to sing
She has a little gift
An amazing thing

With her little funny eyes of hazel
With her little funny old blue hat
She will go and set the world on fire
No one ever thought she could do that

Feel it, breath it, believe it
And you'll be walking on air
Go try, go fly, so high
And you'll be walking on air
Feel this, unless you kill this
Go on and you're forgiven
I knew that, I could feel that
I feel like I am walking on air

Flitter up and hover down
Be all around, be all around
You know that I love you
Go on...

Feel it, breath it, believe it
And you'll be walking on air
Go try, go fly, so high
And you'll be walking on air
Feel this, unless you kill this
Go on and you're forgiven
I knew that, I could feel that
I feel like I am walking on air

I am walking on air

Track listings and formatsEdit

CD promo[18]

  1. Walking on Air (Radio Edit) – 3:47
  2. Walking on Air (LP Version) – 4:26

Digital download

  1. Walking on Air (Radio Edit) – 3:47

12" vinyl promo[19]

  1. Walking on Air (Radio Edit) – 3:47
  2. Walking on Air (Armin van Buuren Club Mix) – 7:43
  3. Walking on Air (Lindbergh Palace Full Mix) – 6:23
  4. Walking on Air (Ralphi Rosario and Craig J Club Mix) – 9:46
  5. Walking on Air (Josh Harris Club Mix) – 8:06

CD single / digital download single[20]

  1. Walking on Air (Radio Edit) – 3:49
  2. Walking on Air (Armin van Buuren Radio Edit) – 3:23

Remix EP[21]

  1. Walking on Air (Ralphi Rosario and Craig J Club Mix) – 9:46
  2. Walking on Air (Josh Harris Club Mix) – 8:06
  3. Walking on Air (Lindbergh Palace Full Mix) – 6:23
  4. Walking on Air (Armin van Buuren Club Mix) – 7:43
  5. Walking on Air (Ralphi Rosario Big Dub) – 9:32

CreditsEdit

SongEdit

  • Writing: Lester Mendez and Kerli
  • Mixing: Neal Pogue
  • Engineering John Ewing and Joe Wohlmuth
  • Strings: Sonus Quartet
  • Arrangement: Lester Mendez
  • Vocals: Kerli

Gallery Edit

Kerli - Walking on Air

Kerli - Walking on Air

ReferencesEdit

  1. Walking On Air: WORLD PREMIERE!. May 20, 2008. Kerli [Official Site]. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  2. Kerli - Kerli (CD). Discogs. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kerli Interview. November 15, 2007. Pop Culture Madness. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  4. Kerli's WALKING ON AIR is iTunes Free Single of the Week!!. July 22, 2008. Facebook. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  5. http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/band/kerli
  6. 6.0 6.1 New Video: Kerli, 'Walking on Air'. MTV.com. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  7. https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/walking-on-air/id281297380
  8. Behind the Scenes of "Walking on Air". Retrieved on May 12, 2010.
  9. Walking On Air (Remixes) - EP. iTunes. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Kyte147195
  11. Kerli. July 5, 2008. StarShine Magazine. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  12. Kerli interview from MusicIncider.com. September 5, 2008. Kerli [Official Site]. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  13. Walking On Air: World Premiere!. May 20, 2008. Kerli Official Site. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  14. 30 Seconds of Kerli. October 22, 2008. Spike. Retrieved on October 5, 2010.
  15. "The Dome": Die große Musikparty in der Münchner Olympiahalle. April 28, 2009. Abendzeitung. Retrieved on October 5, 2010. }
  16. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=26876087852
  17. http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/band/kerli
  18. Kerli - Walking On Air (CD). Discogs. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  19. Kerli - Walking On Air (Vinyl). Discogs. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  20. Kerli - Walking On Air (CD). Discogs. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  21. Walking On Air [Remixes] by Kerli. Napster. Retrieved on October 3, 2010.