Billie Eilish is a sixteen year old, American singer-songwriter. “Ocean Eyes”, her debut single was released in 2017 and as of October of this year, it has over 132 million streams on Spotify. Eilish tours around the world and has many sold out events.
On Nov. 20 of this year, the young star released a single called ‘Come Out and Play’. Eilish announced the songs release as a part of Apple’s animated short film, “Share Your Gifts.”
The three minute film is about a young artist who has so many ideas but is too nervous to show them to the world due to believing they’re not good enough. She hides her laptop screen from prying eyes, keeps her artwork in a closed box, and only lets her dog see these papers.
As the video nears the end, the protagonists dog leaps at the window causing the papers within her box to fly out over the city. In a panic, she races out of her apartment and into the streets below to collect her work. As she’s chasing the first paper she lost, more start to fall out of her arms and land into the hands of passing strangers. At first, she’s nervous, but when she sees the joy they bring to everyone, she feels proud of what she’s kept hidden for so long.
In only two weeks, the single is now number two on the featured section of Zane Lowe’s World Record, and number six on release dates. Apples short film has over eight million views and the audio version on Eilish’s VEVO account has over five million views.
I think Eilish’s single is a very calming and inspirational song to listen to when paired with Apple’s short film. It’s underlying meaning is clear: Don’t hide what you’re passionate about, your gifts hold more meaning than you could ever imagine.
It’s a nice reminder when self doubt is eating at you, making you nervous and fearful of what others may think, when really their opinions shouldn’t matter. If you’re doing what you love and what makes you happy, it’s worth your time and effort.