Eddie Vedder Shares The Song He Wrote About Bruce Springsteen
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder shared a conversation he had with Bruce Springsteen on his official Youtube channel, during which he revealed the interesting story behind the songwriting process of the song, ‘Picture.’
Eddie Vedder has lately focused on his solo works rather than his band career, and the singer released his third solo studio album, ‘Earthling,’ on February 11, 2022. The first single from the album, titled ‘Long Way,’ arrived on September 8, 2021, the second one, ‘The Haves,’ on November 18, and the third single, named ‘Brother the Cloud,’ on January 14, 2022.
The album also features many notable artists like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr, and Andrew Watt. The album reflected a more different side of Vedder than his mainstream rock sounds as he chose to explore a variety of styles. It was praised especially for its balance between the songs since the tracks perfectly complement each other. Eddie Vedder has been touring in the US to support his new solo album.
During his conversation with Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder revealed the story behind the song, ‘Picture’ from the new album, which features Elton John. Vedder stated that he wrote the song after he and his wife visited Springsteen a few years ago. They rode horses, chatted about many things, and ultimately had a delightful time together. Springsteen took a photo of them all together when they returned from riding and then sent it to Vedder on Christmas. The Pearl Jam icon revealed that he wrote the song, ‘Picture,’ inspired by that photo.
Eddie Vedder speaking on the story behind the song, ‘Picture’:
“That was called ‘Picture of love, we were a picture of love.’ That was written about a time a few years back when Jill and I came to visit you and Patti. We took a walk out to the barn, we even rode some horses, and I don’t ride horses. I asked you, ‘Bruce, how do I ride a horse?’ and you said, ‘This is what is gonna happen, get on the horse, you’re gonna stay on that, the horse is gonna walk and then come right back.’ Then, we had three experts.
My wife rides horses all the time, Patti is an expert and your daughter. You looked great on the horse. One horse decides to take a run at, imagine which horse that might have been. I used all my big wave surfing skills to stay on that horse. It was starting to head to the trees, and I was like, ‘Here you go.’ We got back to the barn, and you had a camera, and you took a shot of us. And then, for Christmas, you sent it to us, so ‘Picture of love,’ that is about one of those pictures.”
You can watch their conversation and also listen to ‘Picture’ below.