Portrait by the indomitable @somerrunner
How you do something shows your grit (Some say talent, I say there is no such thing).
Why you do something reveals your character.
No, I don’t keep most of my work.
This gift of mine
Is for giving.
It’s Tuesday. It’s the first days of summer. It’s getting down to the wire finishing up the creatures for the big dance I’ve been working on for the last year of my life.
I woke up today and realized I’ve told
about foxes. All of these series:
Little Talks, The Runaways, All I Need, Riot of Flowers, Flight School, The Royal 🦊
And I wonder if you knew
That most of them
Aren’t even about me.
I’ll never really tell you what they’re about. They mean something to each one of you who has made a home for them, and I don’t want to pollute that with my own.
But I was listening to a Billie Eilish interview on David Letterman while I was wrestling with two large tigers and I’d like to talk about one tiny moment that wasn’t about Billie.
It was about her brother, Fineas.
As the duo gained popularity and acclaim, Fineas became known for song writing and producing genius and expressed his frustration over articles saying how it must be nice now to not “just “ be known as “Billie’s brother.”
What people might have missed in this quick blip was a moment where Billie shares she wanted to write a song about her not being here anymore. And how Fineas sharply objected. He wouldn’t indulge her in this endeavor.
As anyone touched by sadness knows, when it’s too dark and you can’t see the light switch in the room you’re trapped in, sometimes you need someone else to turn it on for you. Or atleast, crack open a window.
“That’s all b-s. ‘Billie’s brother’ is all I EVER want to be.”
He’s not talking about being in the shadow of her success, he’s talking about her still being here to call her that.
I felt that.
Aliza and Her Monsters