Pop singer Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, tells WSJ. Magazine she feels her best when she finds time to meditate, which for her can take different forms, including yoga and journaling. Above all, though, the pop singer and songwriter finds comfort in wholesome rituals as revealed in her latest 2021 interview.
“If that’s just taking a shower and listing off what I’m grateful for, or if it’s brushing my son’s hair or giving him a bath, or making a cup of coffee—everything becomes a ritual if it’s intentional,” says the singer Pink, 41, to WSJ.
Her kids, Willow Sage Hart, 10, and Jameson Moon Hart, 4, sometimes have plans of their own, though. Recording music at home during the pandemic, she says, “I can’t tell you how many takes have been ruined by them knocking on the door, screaming, Where’s my sippy cup?”
Moore was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. At age 14, she started performing with the stage name Pink, which she adopted from Steve Buscemi’s character, Mr. Pink, in “Reservoir Dogs.” She joined a girl band, called Choice, when she was 16, and after they disbanded in 1998 she rose to fame with her debut solo album, “Can’t Take Me Home,“ in 2000. She’s since released nine albums; won three Grammys; and become known for her acrobatic performances, where she soars over stadiums full of fans. “I’m a better singer upside down,” she says in a new documentary about her life and career, “Pink: All I Know So Far,” which Amazon Prime Video released last month.
The documentary chronicles Moore’s “Beautiful Trauma” world tour—which culminated in two sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium—as well as her life as a parent alongside her husband, former motocross competitor Carey Hart. In the documentary, Moore worries about Willow feeling unseen as a result of her young brother Jameson’s charming theatrics; reflects on the inevitability of her kids realizing she’s not perfect; and supports her daughter when she asks if she can leave the tour to join her friends at summer camp.
Here, Pink, who lives in California and moonlights as a winemaker through her Two Wolves label, talks to WSJ. about learning Apple’s GarageBand software during the pandemic and the novel that recently turned her into a prepper.
Here are some things Pink revealed to WSJ. Magazine…
What time do you get up on Mondays? What’s the first thing you do after waking up?
7 a.m., coffee. I have a T-shirt that says, “My favorite cup of coffee is when no one speaks to me.” But my 4-year-old can’t read.
How do you take your coffee? What’s that part of your routine like?
I use oat creamer and that’s it. I’m sweet enough. I like my coffee like I like my man: strong and bitter.
Are you one of those “four hours a night is all I need” people with sleep, or do you need a minimum to recharge?
I wish I could have 10, but I usually get around six and a half. I feel like eight would be a nice number if I didn’t sleep in a bed with children. They kick. Jameson has this new thing where he actually likes the contact when he makes contact so he actually does it over and over and over again—so that’s why the coffee.
What’s your exercise routine like?
I go hard. I do either full body circuit, cardio, or I’ll do Peloton, or I’ll do tread and shred, which is a 5K mixed in with arm workouts while walking on an incline at 10. I do all kinds of things, but I have a trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, and we Zoom together and we just try to kill each other.
What was it like to go from doing two sold-out shows at Wembley to the pandemic? How did you stay creative and motivated?
My life is sort of that way without a pandemic. I go from a two-and-a-half-year tour of a new city every single day to being at home. And I usually go straight into harvest. So I have three different lives: I have this touring life, [my home life], and then I make wine. The workload is huge—it’s just me and another woman who make all of this wine. I’m just a full-time mama during all of that.
With the pandemic, it was forced simplicity. I was able to learn a lot of things. I learned how to bake sourdough. I learned how to use GarageBand and record myself. For a 40-year-old girl to learn how to be alone and record for the first time in her life, even though it was just GarageBand, it was a huge accomplishment for me because I’m usually at the whim of engineers and producers. To be able to do it on my own—I did the Keith Urban duet that we did, I recorded “Cover Me in Sunshine,” I recorded “All I Know So Far,” recorded the Rag’n’Bone Man single and all these other things. It just felt so empowering and liberating.
Have you had any funny or weird moments at home with your kids during the pandemic?
Every day is funny with that crew. My kids are such odd birds, I’m so into them. I put on a dress for dinner the other night, which doesn’t normally happen around our house. And Jameson came out of the room and he goes, “Come on, what am I, dreamin’? Mama, you look so beautiful.” He’s such a little charmer. He goes out every day and he picks me a flower. And he always makes sure that he has a zip-up sweatshirt because he stuffs it down there and comes inside and goes, “Mama, I got something for you.” And he unzips his sweatshirt. That’s kind of weird, but I love it.
You also talk about the challenges of being a female boss. How have you found a leadership style that works for you?
You have to lead by example. You can’t preach. You can’t make people want to work hard. You have to work hard yourself, and harder most of the time. And unfortunately, as a woman you probably have to think longer and harder about the way that you say things.
At what time of the day or week are you most creative?
At night. It’s that glass of wine, man. It just lights you up.
Do you have a favorite wine?
I think my desert island wine would be a Chav, it’s a syrah. That, or I’d say Château Rayas or Leroy, which is the Burgundian pinot that’s made by this awesome woman who’s super into biodynamic farming.
What have you been reading and watching lately?
Oh, Lord, I’m not sure you want to ask me that. I just finished a book called One Second After, and it’s about electromagnetic pulse and the breakdown of America. It’s one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. I’ve been on Amazon all week buying batteries and flashlights.
You’ve become a prepper.
Turns out I am a doomsday prepper, woo! Before that, I read The Winemaker’s Wife, which was really fascinating, about Champagne and how [the region] participated in World War II, and how they helped fight secretly against the Nazis by smuggling guns and barrels, and all the intricate underground caves in France. It made me appreciate champagne more. And I was going to start reading The Radium Girls. That’s my list right now.
Read the full interview here. Singer pink real name is Alecia Beth Moore.
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