Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has written and carried out a number of the largest worldwide hits of the previous yr, a lot of which cope with deep feelings and heartache. However at simply 18 years previous, Rodrigo additionally says writing songs about her emotions is difficult and enjoyable, in an interview with correspondent Tracy Smith for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast October 10 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+.
Rodrigo’s first single, “Drivers License,” was for a time the most-listened-to streaming music on the planet. It revolves round a young person getting her license on the identical day she loses the love of her life.
Rodrigo informed Smith the music is rooted in actual life, recalling her personal breakup: “I used to be a 17-year-old lady going by way of my first actual heartbreak. However I feel lots of people additionally suppose, listening to my music, that I am actually a tragic, depressed particular person, and that could not be farther than the reality. It is enjoyable to jot down about stuff like that.”
She stated if she have been simply writing about “going to get my iced latte each morning, no person would hearken to it. It would not be fascinating. So, it is these emotions which might be really shifting, and speak concerning the human expertise in a approach that is efficient.”
Rodrigo stated she’s been obsessive about heartbreak songs since she was sufficiently old to jot down. “I wrote heartbreak songs earlier than I had ever had a boyfriend, actually,” she remarked. “I’ve simply all the time been obsessive about that feeling. And I feel there’s nothing extra painful, as a human being, than that feeling of loss.”
Her method is working. Her first album, “Bitter,” debuted final spring at #1 on the charts, and was hailed by critics. She’s additionally carried out on “Saturday Evening Reside,” and been tapped by the White Home to assist enhance COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Smith visits Rodrigo’s childhood residence, together with the bed room the place she wrote a lot of her songs, to realize perception into what drives the singer, her music, and her household life.
Rodrigo stated her expertise engaged on the Disney TV collection “Bizzardvark” and “Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence” at a younger age helped give her the boldness to carry out in entrance of individuals she did not know whereas expressing her feelings.
She additionally credit her mother and father, and her therapist, for serving to her stay centered at a time when she’s in excessive demand: “I hadn’t actually began going [to therapy] ’til I used to be 16, and that was a very large life-changing second. And I’ve realized a lot about myself. And it is a actually great factor that, I feel, everybody ought to do.
“And my mother and father have been actually supportive. However I feel there’s generally a stigma round it, too,” she added. “Typically individuals are like, ‘Oh, you do not want that. You could have a lot. Your life’s so nice. What are your issues?’ Simply because it isn’t, you recognize, an grownup downside the place you do not have to pay taxes but or no matter, does not imply that it would not harm.”
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