Posted Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:20 AM
As described in a video-containing article by Jonathon M. Seidl for Glenn Beck’s news website, The Blaze, a song called “Wherever You Are,” by a group of military wives, has become the fastest-selling single on the British charts in three years.
According to Seidl’s article, “Hear the Tear-Jerking, Fastest-Selling Single in Britain in 3 Years…By a Group of Military Wives”:
The song has become the fastest-selling single in Britain in the last three years. It sold 556,000 copies in the last week, more than the rest of the top 12 combined. And it’s not the work of a teen pop sensation or even a “professional” musician. Rather, it came from a bunch of military wives singing their hearts out. And the result is nothing short of tear-jerking and spectacular.
“This is so surreal. Who would have guessed in those first rehearsals that we could take Christmas Number 1″ the choir’s director, Gareth Malone, told the Telegraph. He formed the group for a BBC singing competition called, “The Choir.”
And they all stuck singing gold.
The song is called “Wherever You Are,” and the video features not only the song, but a behind-the-scenes look at the song’s recording:
Conservative (and essential-to-read) British writer Melanie Phillips has published a piece glowing about the Military Wives and “Wherever You Are.” Phillips wrote:
… What made it all so deeply poignant was the situation they were thus transcending through song. For this was an aspect of military life that no one ever sees — the terrible anxiety and dread under which military wives and partners routinely live, terrified of the knock on the door bearing the news that their menfolk have been killed or injured in battle.
Worse still, these women were revealed to be so very alone. Even on the base where they lived they knew very few others in the same situation.
With their status and social circle defined by their husband’s rank, they lived in virtual isolation alongside women afflicted by the very same loneliness, dread and other pressures …
… Yet — while truly inspiring — these shows did not catch the imagination of the public in the same way as did the military wives. For the impact of this series came from the virtues it celebrated, which are now so often denigrated or sneered at, but to which so many feel the deepest and most visceral of attachments.
Virtues such as self-sacrifice, duty and stoicism — the quiet, unassuming heroism of ordinary women coping with separation and the fear of being bereaved on the battlefield. For it is not just soldiers making a sacrifice for their country but their wives and families, too.
And we were touched also because, in an age which has made a fetish of emotional incontinence and tells us that the worst thing we can do is repress our emotions, what these women showed us was the dignity and nobility of emotional restraint.
They minimise their fears and their privations in order to keep the spirits of their fighting menfolk up. In other words, this restraint is itself an act of selfless love.
Commenters to The Blaze have so far been glowing about the song and its rise. Among comments left to Seidl’s story were the following:
“truthseekerusa”: “Thank you Jonathan and the Blaze for bringing this inspiring video to us. May God bless these women for sharing their beautiful voices and help us to remember the sacrifices military families make so that we may be safe.”
“LukeAppling”: “Hooray for the ladies! Slodiers always love their wives to think highly of them as we all do.”
“65Mustang”: “Beautiful, just beautiful…could listen to it all day and had some tears while listening.”
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