Every year in Commonwealth nations around the world we pin a poppy on our shirts, jackets or schoolbags to remember the sacrifices of members of our armed forces in times of war. Along with wearing a poppy, the common tradition in the UK and Canada is to observe two minutes of silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month: 11am on 11 November. This year The Royal British Legion is doing something special to coincide with the traditional forms of remembrance with the release of the “2 Minute Silence” single.
“2 Minute Silence” is exactly what you would expect it to be – absolute silence. Accompanying the silent recording is a video featuring British public figures, sportsmen and musicians, all of which were filmed observing two minutes of silence. Participants in the video include musicians Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Mark Ronson, alongside others famous faces including Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray and England rugby player Martin Johnson.
“2 Minute Silence” goes on sale on Sunday 7 November for £1.00, for both the video and MP3. Funds will support serving & ex-serving troops and their families. The single can be purchased at SilentSingle.com.
Iron Maiden frontman and radio DJ Bruce Dickinson said, “My first thought about the 2 Minute Silence single was that it was the work of a madman – my second thought was no, it’s the work of a genius! It’s an honour to be involved with it.”
Grammy Award winning DJ, producer and musician Mark Ronson commented, “This is such an important charity, I had to get involved. The British Legion raises money for such a vital cause. It was a no-brainer. And the idea of releasing a record of pure silence is genius.”
The supporting stars of the video are campaigning to try to get “2 Minute Silence” to Number 1 in the singles charts on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November. An official Facebook page has been created to support the campaign to get the Silent Single to the top of the chart.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice