Gary Barlow (yes, the guy from Take That) and Andrew Lloyd Webber have teamed up to create a song for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of her now 60-year reign.
The rad, unique thing about this project is that Gary & Andrew decided to involve the whole Commonwealth. The Commonwealth (in case you live under a rock) is a league of 54 nations, most of which belong, or used to belong to, the British empire. Gary and Andrew involved musicians from many countries, including Australia, the Solomon Islands and Kenya. Some of these musicians are notable names, and some are unknown natives and villagers. Even Prince Harry is on the track!…playing the tamborine.
What a wonderful idea. I got especially excited when I heard that this song features the incredible, blind Australian Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (who I talked about in a previous post).
There’s a documentary on the making of the song, too. It’s called “Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service”, and will be aired by BBC 1 in early June. I don’t know when/if this will be aired in countries other than Britain, but I’m sure it will be available online soon. I can’t wait to dig around for it, as I’m sure this project will have some amazing stories tied up with it.
This track has just been released yesterday, so check out the official “Sing” site for all the details.
And hear the song in the clip below. Whether or not the music is your cup of tea, I challenge your heart not to be warmed at this footage!
I know this was a big fancy project for the Queen, and all, but I think it’s a wonderful example of international cooperation and musical collaboration. There are so many countries repped on this track! From royalty to anonymous villagers! That’s pretty original…and inspirational.
One last thing – next week I’m going to be starting a new segment called ‘Talent Tuesdays’, where I draw attention to a new/unsigned creative talent. I’ll be starting with probably small feature articles, and progressing to interviews and even guest articles. If you or someone you know is a musician/artist/doing something creative and you want to feature your work, let me know in the comments!