Pete Yorn reassured fans about the coronavirus pandemic during his soothing Billboard Live At-Home concert Friday (April 17) to raise money for Meals on Wheels America, which delivers food to senior citizens in need.
Each song he chose for his mini-setlist touched on an uplifting perspective during this unsettling time. His first pick, “Stronger Than” from his 2010 eponymous album, matched the mood in the title alone. “I like the message in the chorus, it feels appropriate for now,” he told the online audience before delving into the hook about love conquering fear. “Love is stronger, stronger than fear,” Yorn crooned while playing his vintage Gibson J-45 Deluxe guitar.
Next on the docket: The 45-year-old singer-songwriter performed his new single, released Friday, titled “The World,” with an accompanying visual Yorn described as “probably my most personal video I’ve ever made.” “It’s kind of a simple song about taking the good with the bad in this life. We don’t have a choice,” he said while introducing the song. “There’s amazing things that happen and there’s really messed up stuff that happens that seems to not make any sense in the moment. Hopefully, in time, things make sense and you got somehow stronger through adversity.”
The heartfelt yet cheeky lyrics (“The world is a crazy place, and I just can’t take it sometimes…. The world is a funny place, even if it makes me sad sometimes,” he expressed in the chorus) in the buoyant acoustic melody empathized with those struggling while inspiring them to look at the upside-down world with rose-colored glasses. Yorn’s giddy spirit never subsided, and he credited his 4-year-old daughter Ellington Bee for keeping him in check — mostly for his noise levels.
“She doesn’t let me play guitar too much around the house. She’s always like, ‘Quiet! Quiet!'” he disclosed before performing the father-daughter anthem “I Wanna Be the One” from his Caretakers album, released last year. “But I wrote this song for her, something about being the one to watch her, being the one to be there for her. This time at home, all stuck together, has certainly been good for that. So this song was written, and then it came to reality because I’ve been watching her nonstop for a bit now.”
Watch Yorn’s entire Billboard Live At-Home performance below, and donate to Meals on Wheels America here.