Famous humanitarian Mariah Carey helped kick off the long Easter weekend on Friday with a special “Hero” performance dedicated to those on the front lines of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Dressed in a “pink but lavender” blouse and sitting in front of framed pictures of her children in a makeshift recording studio, Carey presented the clip saying that she was doing her best to stay “festive” during the Week Holy, despite what she called “a unique moment in history”.
“We are united in this effort and in this moment,” she said, showing the writing skills that brought her to the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. “I want to take this time to recognize and honor the sacrifices of those who work every day taking care of their communities,” she continued, calling them, “the heroes who make our daily lives possible.”
Accompanied by longtime musical director Daniel Moore on the piano (presumably social distancing via a video camera), Carey sang a condensed version of her hit number one single, leaving the bridge aside. Yet she soared in the ballad, taking notes in the second verse that she has not attempted since her Emancipation of Mimi days (coincidentally, this week marks the 15th anniversary of the album). There were also timely “Easter eggs” in the clip for his longtime fans, with a photo of a strategically placed lamb on a desk in sight (Carey’s fans lovingly call themselves “Lambily “).
Of course, “Hero” from the 1993 album, Music Box, is without a doubt Carey’s signature song; the singer played the inspirational ballad several times, including a benefit concert after the attacks of September 11 and for the cover of Live 8. In 2005, Carey also performed “Hero” in front of President Obama, during his ball inaugural in 2009. (it would have been one of Obama’s favorite songs to listen to during his campaign). His peak performance, however, may be this 1996 event, where Carey paid tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty with an octave-defying performance that even left President Bill Clinton foggy-eyed.
The new recording of “Hero” marks the second time that Carey has performed at home since the coronavirus epidemic forced millions of people to stay indoors. Carey sang a memorable version of “Always Be My Baby” on Elton John’s “Living Room Concert for America” telethon last month.
At the end of her Vegas residency, Carey quarantined at home with her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, and the “elusive singer” was active on social media, retweeting words of gratitude to nurses and professionals of health, and sending messages of encouragement to fans of the affected countries. The singer-songwriter also appears to be working on new music – she posted a studio photo of herself last month with the subtitle “new song”.
And while members of “Lambily” are now campaigning for Carey to release a new version of his underrated 2002 self-help ballad, “Through the Rain”, it seems like there can’t be a song anymore suitable for self-isolation right now as “Hero”. As Carey sings on the song, “It’s a long way when you face the world alone and no one is reaching out to you. “
The answer to getting through these unprecedented moments may be to listen to a good pop song and take Carey’s words to heart: when your longing for hope (and your friends, family and social life) is gone, “Look inside and be strong. And yes, you will finally see the truth, that a hero of the house who quarantines himself is really in you.