Billie Lourd Honors Late Mom Carrie Fisher With a Song on the Anniversary of Her Death
Two years ago today, on December 27, 2016, we said goodbye to Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher. This year, on the second anniversary of her death, her daughter, Billie Lourd, came up with a special way to honor her mom in song.
“It has been two years since my Momby’s death and I still don’t know what the ‘right’ thing to do on a death anniversary is (I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way about your loved ones),” the former Scream Queens actress wrote by way of introduction on Instagram. “I decided to do something a little vulnerable for me, but something we both loved to do together — sing. This is the piano her father gave her and this was one of her favorite songs.”
Lourd’s post included two videos of her singing Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” which is all about living with regret and moving on after loss. “Well I’ve been out walking / I don’t do that much talking these days,” Lourd sings in the first clip. “These days / These days I seem to think a lot about the things that I forgot to do for you / And all the times I had the chance to.”
“As the song says, we must ‘keep on moving,'” she wrote in the caption. “I’ve found that what keeps me moving is doing things that make me happy, working hard on the things that I’m passionate about, and surrounding myself with people I love and making them smile. I hope this encourages anyone feeling a little low or lost to ‘keep on moving.’ As my Momby once said, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art’ — whatever that art may be for you.”
Lourd has kept her mother’s memory alive in various ways over the past two years. In April 2017, during her first public appearance following her mother’s death, she paid tribute to Fisher by showing up at an event celebrating Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary in a white Tom Ford-designed piece that was meant to look like the gown Fisher wore in the film.
She acknowledged the gesture on social media at the time, writing, “Feeling the ultimate strength of the Force from all of the incredible fans at #starwarscelebration after our tribute to my #momby.”
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