Through ‘Smoke and Fire’: The Inspiration Behind Sabrina Carpenter’s New Song
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Sabrina Carpenter (@sabrinacarpenter) picked up a microphone long before she stood in front of a camera. “Music is me,” she says. “Acting is anybody else in the world that I’m playing.”
The 16-year-old singer, best known as Maya Hart on the Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, first discovered her now concurrent loves of music and performance while growing up in Pennsylvania, in a town “where there are cows in the middle of the road,” she says. The two careers have since kept her busy. She is currently set to begin her third season on Girl Meets World at the same time she releases her as-yet-titled second album.
After her first record, Eyes Wide Open, dropped in 2015, Sabrina found herself back in the studio with an excess of new experiences under her belt that she was ready to share. The first one, which turned into the single “Smoke and Fire,” was about a breakup with her boyfriend, which had happened five days earlier.
“I hadn’t written for, I want to say, eight months since the first album released, and I just had a lot of stories building up,” she says. “I kind of write wherever I go. So even when I’m not in a professional session, I’m always writing down things in my phone and in my notes on stuff that inspired me and stuff that I see in everyday life.”
For the music video to “Smoke and Fire,” Sabrina wanted to tell a story. But she was surprised when director Jessie Hill presented her with a ballet-related concept. “The song is called ‘Smoke and Fire,’ so I was expecting to be, like, burning stuff up,” she says. However, she soon warmed up to the idea of a less fiery narrative. “We went with this innocent love story almost being told through a memory, and then the reality of where it’s at now. It’s kind of a video that shows you that you’re really not alone. And the song does that same thing.”
Though acting is still a big part of Sabrina’s life, music remains her first passion. It’s a place she can share messages with her audience in different, more personal ways. “I think music is universal. It can relate to everybody, every type of human. And there’s no law [or] books that say what type of music you have to listen to. It’s just whatever you want. And I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to it, because it’s just been something that can be mine personally, but also everybody else’s at the same time.”
*when the yet-to-be marauders are asked what they want to be when they grow up*
I'm going to be a famous quidditch player and invent my own broomstick that'll be WAY faster than all the other broomsticks and I'll be Minister of Magic and own a zoo with lots of baby hippogriffs because Dad showed one to me the other day and it was so cute— in a manly way, of course— and I'll also be... *continues for 40 minutes with farfetched yet surprisingly detailed plans*
Um... well— *blushes furiously* I want to be a pie maker so I never run out of pies. Pies make me happy.
Far richer and better looking than all of my swotty cousins combined, which will be very rich and handsome indeed as my family seems to breed like rats.
This is Tate. She is an extremely talented young dancer growing up in my hometown, Calgary, Alberta. We got together over the holidays to film this short, and before building the phrases of movement, we had a little chat about fear. Such a universal subject, yet not the most typical conversation to strike up with a 12 year old. She told me about one of her best friends who was recently diagnosed with Perthes Disease and despite her exceptional talent, is now unsure of what her future with dance will be. Nowadays, more so than ever, I see a generation of upcoming dancers sacrificing their bodies and any sense of normalcy in terms of childhood, in order to pursue dance at the highest level. Many argue the negative impact of these choices, however, I am not one of these people. While creating this film, I was reminded of the beauty of devoting oneself wholeheartedly to something, knowing fully that there will never be certainty in the outcome, no matter what you do. It is my opinion that this is one of the most powerful things a human being can do. -Amy Gardner
Directed and Choreographed by Amy Gardner Dancer: Tate McRae
Quick drawing inspired by Season 2 trailer! Have you guys seen the SW Rebels Season 2 trailer yet? GO WATCH IT IF YOU HAVEN’T! I don’t want to accidentally spoil anyone! I am so ready! … Actually not really. NO I AM NOT READY.
Oh yes gimme Kanan post-Order 66 trauma. But only enough so his family *cough*Hera can comfort him with happiness later.
I think about this a lot but Erwin was often called ‘creepy’ and was generally seen as weird when he was a kid, so him growing up to have a group of friends who are all so much weirder than him is somehow endearing to me. I mean, Levi, Mike, and Hanji are all eccentric in their own ways yet they’re all skilful and successful at what they do. It’s nice to me that they all grew up and found each other to make this perfect little group where they can be their weird old selves while making the best of it.