Billie Eilish is a contemporary American singer-songwriter known for her crisp acoustic pop songs aimed at mainstream and teenage audiences. Born and raised in Texas, Billie Eilish grew up listening to the radio with her parents. After moving to Boston, she pursued a degree in English at Harvard University, where she earned a master’s degree in writing.
Her writing career spanned several decades, including a stint as a writer for Vice magazine. Billie Eilish is also a contributor to the Billie Jean video game.
Billie Eilish‘s debut album We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Fall is due out in late 2021. It will mark the first full-length album by the Billie Eilish solo career. Before the release, Eilish shared singles with fellow country artist Amy Grant (of Metallica). We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Fall will mark the band’s first album since their induction into the Hall of Fame.
It is essentially a blend of folk, bluegrass, and bluegrass mixed with elements of rap and indie rock for those unfamiliar with the Billie Eilish sound. The title of the album refers to a poem by Robert Frost; however, the story behind it and how the album came to be is different from what is described in the poem. According to Frost, a writer for the Saturday Evening Post, he found it challenging to sleep one night after reading an article about the Civil War. Afterward, he couldn’t stop thinking about the Civil War, so he set out to write a poem about it. When his family doctor tried to tell him that it wasn’t a good idea, Frost responded, “I’ll write you a poem if you’d like.”
So began a long-sleeved, pleated garment that would become known as the Grammies. The piece was called A Red Rose For a White Rose and was written to illustrate how a man’s love could endure even when the object of his affection was someone else. Many artists who have followed in Billie Eilish’s footsteps have drawn inspiration from this classic. One of the most notable is LCD Soundsystem’s song, Gold: The Man I Found. The song, which also featured vocals from former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, tells how a young woman is taken under the wing of a gold digger and how that relationship blossoms later into romance.
The opening of A Red Rose For a White Rose evokes the first stanza of Frost’s poem: “Where do we walk in the gardens of imagination? /The waves have tossed us ashore/and there on the shore/we sat and talked and wept.” Throughout A Red Rose for a White Rose, Billie Eilish sings about the empty feeling inside a person when they are left alone; it’s a poignant reminder of the potential for real love outside of traditional relationships. It’s a sentiment that seems to be lost on many modern singles. Yet when DJ Magazine interviewed her, she was confident that the love poems on A Red Rose for a White Rose were meant to be an ode to the difficulty of falling in love in the modern world.
Speaking of the difficulty of falling in love, the first part of A Red Rose for a White Rose evokes a similar sentiment toward the early days of her career as a songwriter: “I wrote a song for my daughter/called it A Little Lamb,” Billie Eilish recalls. “That song became part of my repertoire.” Through the years, her work has come to include other songs about falling in and out of love, with “Where Do We Go” from The Wills You Move in being a classic example.
As a songwriter, Billie Eilish understands the power of romantic poetry to create vivid images. She tells DJ Magazine, “That song’s about something that happens to all of us: when you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about real life. When you’re not in a relationship, those moments seem so much less meaningful.” In the same way that a lover’s first kiss can seem so magical and wondrous compared to the last, the lyrics of “Where Do We Go” from A Red Rose for a White Rose still evoke feelings of the heartbreak of breakups and divorce: “We were young once / And I still remember how we used to dance.”
Billie Eilish continues, “A lot of the lyrics in the first couple of songs are about my daughter’s situation. They’re about coping with a break-up or moving on. There’s a line in one song called “We Are Family,” which reminds me of when my daughter told me that she was getting married. That song also reminds me of how we used to play baseball together as children: “tickets and baseballs we threw around like flies.” Billie Eilish’s songs touch on some prevalent issues in relationships, and she manages to make them seem exciting and fun.