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Military Wives Choir for Xmas Number 1

#1  Postby Emmeline » Dec 04, 2011 7:22 pm

I love this song and hope it makes the Xmas Number 1 - the lyrics are taken from letters exchanged between wives/girlfriends and their men serving overseas. The proceeds are going to The Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). You can pre-order your copy from amazon or iTunes - link here: http://whereveryouare.co.uk/

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#2  Postby Weaver » Dec 04, 2011 7:59 pm

One of the things that will be lost, in future conflicts, is the written record of letters to servicemen and their letters home. As communications become quicker, cheaper and more available, I think written forms of keeping in touch (either letters or e-mail) will drop off.

When I was in Kosovo, I regularly e-mailed friends and family, and phone calls were a rarity. In Iraq, I phoned much more often, and e-mailed less. In Afghanistan, I spoke to my wife nearly daily (thanks to an excellent Norwegian communications infrastructure, and a job that kept me inside the wire), and e-mailed very little.

Nice song, and I'm glad they're able to raise money for support charities with it.
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#3  Postby Skinny Puppy » Dec 04, 2011 8:33 pm

That was wonderful! :cheers:

What a fitting tribute to those brave men.
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#4  Postby Emmeline » Dec 04, 2011 9:08 pm

Skinny Puppy wrote:That was wonderful! :cheers:

What a fitting tribute to those brave men.


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It's lovely isn't it and a great opportunity to show those on active service how much they mean to their loved ones.
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#5  Postby THWOTH » Dec 05, 2011 9:19 am

I haven't seen this show, but everyone seems to be talking about it and not only for the music but for the window it has opened into the lives of service families, and particularly the wives and partners who have to manage as single parents for most of the year. Thanks for posting Em. ;)
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#6  Postby Emmeline » Dec 08, 2011 7:54 pm

Weaver wrote:One of the things that will be lost, in future conflicts, is the written record of letters to servicemen and their letters home. As communications become quicker, cheaper and more available, I think written forms of keeping in touch (either letters or e-mail) will drop off.

When I was in Kosovo, I regularly e-mailed friends and family, and phone calls were a rarity. In Iraq, I phoned much more often, and e-mailed less. In Afghanistan, I spoke to my wife nearly daily (thanks to an excellent Norwegian communications infrastructure, and a job that kept me inside the wire), and e-mailed very little.

Nice song, and I'm glad they're able to raise money for support charities with it.

I agree the written record won't be as prolific but hopefully there will still be cards and notes included in parcels (where they are permitted to receive them).

When my father (a Royal Marine) was overseas, he regularly sent my mother 20 page letters but none of them have survived her compulsive "tidying up", which is such a pity.

The choir now has a facebook page if anyone wants to follow it: http://www.facebook.com/MilitaryWivesChoir
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#7  Postby Ironclad » Dec 08, 2011 8:01 pm

Quite a journey those girls have had; first they were asked to join a choir, then do a show in Barnstaple's market as practice for singing to the returning soldiers, then one in the Citadel barracks(Plymouth), then the Royal Albert Hall. Now a No.1 for Crimbo!
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Re: Military Wives Choir for Xmas Number 1

#8  Postby Emmeline » Dec 08, 2011 8:06 pm

Ironclad wrote:Quite a journey those girls have had; first they were asked to join a choir, then do a show in Barnstaple's market as practice for singing to the returning soldiers, then one in the Citadel barracks(Plymouth), then the Royal Albert Hall. Now a No.1 for Crimbo!
Our tiny community up here really feels on the map now.

... and the choir members from Plymouth of course. ;)

It's great though isn't it that something starting so small can make such a difference. I bet Barnstaple Pannier Market is doing well this Christmas! :cheers:
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#9  Postby Ironclad » Dec 08, 2011 9:22 pm

Emmeline wrote:
Ironclad wrote:Quite a journey those girls have had; first they were asked to join a choir, then do a show in Barnstaple's market as practice for singing to the returning soldiers, then one in the Citadel barracks(Plymouth), then the Royal Albert Hall. Now a No.1 for Crimbo!
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... and the choir members from Plymouth of course. ;)


Ooopsy, yes of course. :thumbup:
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Re: Military Wives Choir for Xmas Number 1

#10  Postby mraltair » Dec 08, 2011 10:20 pm

I do like some of the lines in it, very touching. I don't have the balls that their husbands have to do what they do and I don't have the balls these women have to know their loved one is across the world in the most dangerous place on earth. So I'm really glad they did this program because we only really see the partners of loved ones at repatriations. :(

But, I personally don't like the song and It turns out that makes me bad person. :dunno: As it's for charity I hope it gets Christmas No.1. Although that's lost it's x-factor since the X Factor started.
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#11  Postby Emmeline » Dec 08, 2011 10:29 pm

mraltair wrote:I personally don't like the song and It turns out that makes me bad person. :dunno:

Not at all! You could hate the song and still appreciate the purpose behind it - and order a copy for for somebody else who might like it or just to support the cause and use the CD as a drinks coaster :cheers:
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#12  Postby mraltair » Dec 08, 2011 10:37 pm

Emmeline wrote:
mraltair wrote:I personally don't like the song and It turns out that makes me bad person. :dunno:

Not at all! You could hate the song and still appreciate the purpose behind it - and order a copy for for somebody else who might like it or just to support the cause and use the CD as a drinks coaster :cheers:


I think I will do this. Great idea Emmeline. :cheers:
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#13  Postby Emmeline » Dec 21, 2011 6:31 pm

The Military Wives Choir looks certain to have the Christmas number one, after becoming the fastest-selling single in six years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16264571

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If you haven't bought a copy yet and would like to, follow my signature. It's only £1.99 and in aid of charities.
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#14  Postby THWOTH » Dec 21, 2011 7:01 pm

BBC NEWS Website wrote:Military Wives Choir single VAT cash to go to charities

Tax raised from the sales of a hit single will be donated to armed forces' charities, the Chancellor has said. Wherever You Are was written for Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir, whose husbands served in Afghanistan.

The song is the fastest-selling single for six years and is tipped to be the Christmas number one single. A Treasury spokeswoman said a VAT equivalent donation to the charities benefiting from the Military Wives single would be made...

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This has got to be the first decision of George Osborne that I've actually agreed with. ;)

Apparently the single is out-selling the rest of the top 20 put together!
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#15  Postby Animavore » Dec 21, 2011 7:13 pm

The song is completely opposite to the type of music I like. Is there anyway I can donate without having to buy the single?

NVM. I'll just buy it for my mum. She likes that kind of stuff.
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Re: Military Wives Choir for Xmas Number 1

#16  Postby Emmeline » Dec 21, 2011 7:18 pm

Animavore wrote:The song is completely opposite to the type of music I like. Is there anyway I can donate without having to buy the single?

NVM. I'll just buy it for my mum. She likes that kind of stuff.

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#17  Postby Ironclad » Dec 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Emmeline, are you involved in the choir in some way?
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#18  Postby Emmeline » Dec 21, 2011 8:07 pm

Ironclad wrote:Emmeline, are you involved in the choir in some way?

Only as far as I've watched the series and sing along with them!

My Dad was a Royal Marine and I live in Devon, where we have a number of military wives, including the ones in this choir. I love the notion of choirs transforming lives for the better and also that this CD is for charities.
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#19  Postby THWOTH » Dec 21, 2011 8:17 pm

Music has the potential to be transformative. Mr Malone has clearly demonstrated this throughout his various TV enterprises. I'd vote for him! :D
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#20  Postby Katherine » Dec 25, 2011 4:17 pm

They've done it - confirmed as Number One on the Chrimbo Top of the Pops!
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