Bono has adapted his song dedicated to Italians and others suffering during the coronavirus pandemic into a collaboration with will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Yoshiki. The track is based on the same melody and lyrics as the piano ballad ‘Let Your Love Be Known,’ which the U2 frontman launched on social media last week, and is now titled ‘Sing For Life.’
The video clip for the new track features Bono filmed in close-up of his face before will.i.am and Hudson are each seen singing along, filmed in their homes. Each of them reflects the fears being experienced by countless millions of people around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.
On his YouTube account, on the page jointly hosting the ‘Sing For Life’ video, will.i.am writes: “This song was created to bring joy. In times like these, creative people must continue to collaborate…whether you are a computer scientist, an engineer, a therapist or a teacher, just because we are self-isolating or in quarantine doesn’t mean you are alone.
“The beauty of international connectivity,” he continues, “is that nobody is alone on the internet! Use this time to be creative and collaborate remotely to solve problems. A healthy body also means a healthy mind.”
Last week, on the release of the original ‘Let Your Love Be Known’ — which he said he had written about an hour before — Bono wrote that it was “for the Italians who inspired it…for the Irish…for anyone who this St. Patrick’s Day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to.”
will.i.am has also today (24) posted on Facebook about his support for the Frontline Responders Fund, raising money to replenish hospital supplies of masks, gowns and other critical items. You can find their gofundme page here.