Pink has recently released a new pandemic tune called “Cover Me With Sunshine.” The Jewish songstress had a pretty unusual — and adorable! — collaborator for this new song: her daughter, 9-year-old Willow Sage Hart.
The 41-year-old Jewish mom of two said in a statement that she and Willow recorded the song together at home while socially distancing “because it made us feel happy.” (Son Jameson, she points out, was too metal to join the collaboration.) The tune, along with a lovely, sun-washed video, was released the weekend of Valentine’s Day as “a big ol’ hug and a kiss from us to all y’all,” Pink said.
Along with the video, this optimistic, warm hug of a song is just the ray of light we need right now. The two sing the winning chorus together: “Cover me in sunshine/shower me with good times/ show me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning/and everything will be alright.”
The video includes heart-rending bright and gorgeous scenes of Pink and Willow, with their winning smiles and twinning short hair. They are dancing, spinning, sailing, and riding horses together. And while, yeah, most of us aren’t privileged enough to have a sunny ranch at our disposal whenever we need a frolicking break with our kids, the video does make it clear how much these two love each other. The joy and genuine affection exuding from Pink and Willow, along with the optimistic lyrics (we all need some sugary words in our lives right now!) truly had this Jewish mama in a puddle. It’s such a poignant reminder that our kids and our family — biological or chosen — can offer some much-needed respite at a difficult time (even if they wear us out, which let’s face it, they really can).
This has been a challenging year for all of us, including Pink, who survived Covid, a staph infection, and other hospital visits. But this song that came out of it is a beautiful message of perseverance, a reminder to find joy wherever we can, and that things will not always be this bad.
This isn’t the first time that Willow has helped drive home messages of resilience for Pink. In a 2018 interview, Pink recalled how she took her daughter to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin: “This could have been us,” she told Willow, referring to their shared Jewish heritage. (Pink’s mother, Judith, is Jewish).
But later, when asked about her favorite city, Willow told her mom it was the German capital. She said she loved the city “because there was a wall and people were separated, and there was a war and people were killed, and now everybody’s together and there’s no more wall and there’s no more war and that means everything that’s bad can be good again.”
In response to this, Pink said, “And I’m just listening to her and I’m like, ‘You’re amazing and you’re totally right: Everything that’s bad can be good again.’”
“Everything that’s bad can be good again” is pretty much the entire message of “Cover Me in Sunshine” — and it is so appropriate that it’s a duet between these two. Thank you for the sweet pandemic gift, Pink and Willow.