With a massive heart pin on his lapel, Elton John played his trademark grand piano in the hopeful video for “A Good Heart,” a track from his latest studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night. The clip blends scenes of gay, straight, interracial and elderly couples, emphasizing the universal nature of love. “Don’t shy away from coming in/ Closer still my darling friend,” John sings. “Don’t slip, don’t trip on life/ I bear the moon inside your eyes.”
“At this time in all our lives, when the world is changing so rapidly and we’re all trying to make sense of everything, I think it’s important to remember that it’s not politicians, it’s not money and it’s not fame which make the world go round — it’s love,” the singer-songwriter told NPR. “It’s something that is so easy to forget. I wanted to reflect that in this song and video.”
During a June concert in London, John praised the “rainbow-colored wave of love” he’s seen following the Orlando massacre.
“What I find extraordinary, and what really gives me strength and hope, is that immediately behind that devastation came a different wave,” he continued. “A rainbow-colored wave of love, from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, from Sydney Opera House to the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building and the White House … So tonight, while I would like to honor and mourn the LGBT community’s loss in Orlando and the loss of everyone who has been a victim of hate and stigma and dogma, I would like to say tonight we are winning the fight against prejudice. The rainbow around the world tells me we can and we will win against these people.”
John released Wonderful Crazy Night, his uplifting 32nd album, in February. “I wanted to make a happy record,” he told Rolling Stone. “‘Joyous’ was the word I chose. Not happy, joyous. I said I want it to feel joyous from beginning to end, and even the slow songs should be joyous.”