Wednesday, February 19, 2020

No Time to Die

Billie Eilish who turned 18 on December 18  the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond theme song  performed her No Time to Die, for the first time live at the 2020 Brit Awards on Tuesday.

The number is an unsettling ballad that hints the plot will center around Bond's betrayal. The lyrics to No Time To Die reference lies and deceit, as Eilish sings: "You were never on my side".

No Time To Die opens with a haunting piano motif, with the star's voice weary as she sings, "I should have known I'd leave alone". 

And she concludes: "Now you'll never see me cry. There's just no time to die". 

The words seem to confirm a fan theory that Daniel Craig's (left) final outing as Bond will see him double-crossed by Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), his love interest from the previous film, Spectre.

Lyrically, they touch upon the psychological toll of 007's licence to kill, with the observation: "The blood you bleed is just the blood you owe".

Here’s the music video of “No Time To Die”:
The 40th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards saw Eilish being crowned Best International Female Solo Artist. 

Last month, at the 2020 Grammy Awards, she won big! 

Variety‘s Hitmaker of 2019 swept the top Grammy categories, becoming the youngest (and only the second) artist in history to win the big four: album of the year and pop vocal album (for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), record and song of the year (for “Bad Guy”) and new artist. 

[Note: Christopher Cross is the only other artist ever to sweep the big four categories, in 1981]. 

The 18-year-old pop wünderkind, had been refreshingly open with her fans after releasing her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? to critical acclaim. It launched her into mainstream, allowing her to earn tons of money, make A-list celebrity friends, and earn millions of fans across the globe who adore her. 

But that doesn’t mean it was an easy road for Eilish, and she was honest about that. In fact, ahead of the Grammy Awards, she had sat down with Gayle King for an interview on The Gayle King Grammy Special, where she explained that 2018 was particularly difficult year for her. She had struggled with clinical depression and also lost friends in her meteoric rise to fame because they could no longer relate to her new experiences. 

She admitted: “I genuinely didn’t think I’d make it to 17”.

“Did you think that you would do something to yourself?” King had asked Eilish. 

“Yeah”, the latter said candidly. “I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel, and I remember there was a window right there. I remember crying because I was thinking about how...the way that I was going to die was, I was going to do it”. 

Thankfully, Eilish is in a much happier place with her mental health and now uses her past experiences to prevent fans from taking drastic measures and show them there’s hope. “I just grab [the fans] by the shoulders and I’m like, ‘Please take care of yourself and be good to yourself and be nice to yourself,’” she said. “‘Don’t take that extra step and hurt yourself further’”. 

Her song I’m sharing below was written during a period of time when she was sad and suicidal. 

She had shared that the lyric "I want to end me" was about her and how she was feeling – and which makes it even more melancholic:
Mental health is often misunderstood, especially by those who do not suffer or have suffered from it.

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