The singer whose music rang in New York’s next mayor is marking her 17th birthday in the city that never sleeps, and she has written exactly the gracious, self-aware, and slightly giddy open letter you might want from a pop star in her position.
In case you missed it: On November 5, New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio walked out for his victory speech to the catchy strains of Lorde’s “Royals,” as Flavorpill nicely reviews. In a new Tumblr post for her November 7 birthday, the Pure Heroine singer says she’s in New York now, name-checks Stevie Nicks and her “Ribs”-adorning Broken Social Scene, and expresses gratitude for how far she has come in a year — as she tells it, from starting a SoundCloud to playing for “a room of people whose names i worship.” (Plus, we spotted her at Soho House’s Satellite Night party with M.I.A. Tuesday night.)
She also hints at her follow-up plans: “i’m already thinking about the next project, about reinvention, and personae, and theatricality and subtlety, and simplicity and complexity. and strength.”
Listen to Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen” below and scroll down to read Lorde’s letter. Shouts to “regular people in dumb towns”:
i’m in new york city. i’m writing this because i’ve fallen into this odd crevasse of age where in new zealand, it’s my birthday, but in new york, there’s still a day to go. this is my first birthday away from home, which is cool except that my little brother, who was born on the same day as me, turns twelve today. happy birthday, angelo. i owe you lots of icebreaker sours.
i think back to my last birthday; it fell in the middle of exam revision but a bunch of my friends came over anyway to eat cake and ruffle my hair and talk about pokemon. weirdos. miss them and my family terribly! but i have a kind of family here, in new york – our little tight bunch playing shows and being overwhelmed constantly and falling asleep in the backs of cabs.
this time last year i was making a soundcloud, and a twitter, and a tumblr, all in the name lorde. i had no clue what was going to happen with the music. i hoped it’d be alright.
last night, i played to a room of people whose names i worship, breathe like fine gold smoke, reverent. there is a lot of stupid shit that comes with being lucky enough to do what i do – a lot of stuff i’d rather skip, if i could – but i wouldn’t have traded last night for anything. i felt so warm in the arms of these legends who are good enough to have faith in me, weird little screwball that i am. i realize over and over every day just how lucky i am to be here. and that’s down to all of you, as well – regular people in dumb towns who make me feel so loved and strong, and whose hunger i can’t wait to satisfy with more music.
i don’t even know what i’m trying to say, just attempting to reflect on what’s going on right now. i’m already thinking about the next project, about reinvention, and personae, and theatricality and subtlety, and simplicity and complexity. and strength. today’s weird time blip is a day off (kind of), so i’m going to wrap up warm and walk around the city listening to stevie nicks and broken social scene, feeling all seventeen, hugging myself against the cold. if you see me, and i’m whispering to myself all crazy, don’t worry. it’s just a happy mantra of thanks for the way things are.