Song of the Day #4,224: ‘When I Was Older’ – Billie Eilish

Best Movies of the 2010s
#5 – Roma (2018)

Before diving into my top five movies of the last decade, I have to say that ordering these titles was truly a bitch. I have had each of the five in the top spot at one time or another, and every time it felt exactly right. These are five very different films, all perfect in their own unique ways.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is the most ambitious achievement of the bunch — the capital-F Film. It earned Cuaron Oscars for Direction, Cinematography and Foreign Language Film, and had a fighting chance of becoming the first non-English movie to win Best Picture.

But don’t hold any of that against it!

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Song of the Day #3,933: ‘bellyache’ – Billie Eilish

My last Billie Eilish song this week is the first track of hers I ever heard, and the one I still consider her best.

‘Bellyache’ is written from the perspective of a murderer who seems to be regretting her actions. Eilish has said the lyrics are a metaphor for anytime we do something for reasons we can’t entirely explain.

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Song of the Day #3,932: ‘ocean eyes’ – Billie Eilish

I’ll make up for the lack of Billie Eilish on my blog to date by featuring a couple of her earlier songs this week.

‘Ocean Eyes’ was her breakthrough track, in that it took her from complete anonymity to viral success and a recording contract. This dreamy ballad was written by her brother Finneas O’Connell for his band (the members of which must hate him now). Eilish recorded it to serve as the soundtrack for a dance routine she was preparing for school. She was 14 years old.

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Song of the Day #3,931: ‘bury a friend’ – Billie Eilish

My older daughter Sophia credits me with exposing her to many of the musicians and songs she loves. But the feeling is mutual. I have encountered plenty of great music through her suggestions, or by hearing the songs drifting out of her bedroom or soundtracking her Instagram stories.

A great example is Billie Eilish, whom Sophia first started listening to a couple of years ago before the release of the Don’t Smile at Me EP. She particularly loved the song ‘Bellyache,’ which I was convinced I had already included on the blog, but apparently not. I’ll do that soon.

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