Billie Lourd stepped out of her comfort zone to pay tribute to her late mother Carrie Fisher. The young actress posted a video on social media of her singing the James Browne song "These Days" on the piano. The song was one of Fisher's favorites and is something that she and Lourd would often sing together, making the performance even more special. The video is split into two segments, each one representing a minute from the song that has been covered many times over the years.
"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," says Billie Lourd in her new Instagram post paying tribute to Carrie Fisher. Lourd leads the pack of Star Wars fans who are also mourning the loss of Fisher, who portrayed Leia Organa for five movies and will be included in the upcoming Star Wars 9 for a total of six movies. You can read Lourd's tribute below.
"So 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. And as the song says, we must keep on moving. 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."
The emotional song that Billie Lourd chose to perform in honor of her mother Carrie Fisher is called "These Days." Songwriter Jackson Browne wrote it when he was only 16-years old and it later became Nico's breakthrough song after she recorded her version in 1967. The song has since been recorded by many different artists over the years, including Paul Westerberg, St. Vincent, Fountains of Wayne, Greg Allman, and Drake. Browne has performed the song many times over the years, but this is the first time that we've heard Lourd sing it.
Carrie Fisher's father was the late pop singer Eddie Fisher, and the one who gave Fisher the piano that Billie Lourd is playing in the video. Music was something that ran through Fisher's veins, so it's cool to see that it was passed on to 26-year old Lourd. While Lourd is nervous about performing the song, she does not show it when she sings and it instantly becomes the greatest tribute to Carrie Fisher ever.
Carrie Fisher was hospitalized two years ago after suffering cardiac arrest on an airplane. She passed away four days later, with her mother Debbie Reynolds passing away one day later after suffering a stroke. On the one-year anniversary of Fisher's death, Lourd traveled to Norway to see the Northern Lights, which was something that she and her mother wanted to do, but never got the chance to. You can read and watch the tribute video below, thanks to Billie Lourd's Instagram account.