Spontaneity was everywhere at the Women’s March on Washington — tears, embraces, chants, random acts of kindness. And singer MILCK took it upon herself to ensure that there would be one more such moment: She and a group of singers orchestrated a flash mob performance of her song “Quiet,” which they sang a few times throughout the day at the march.
MILCK and company rehearsed the song via Skype (!!) and marched together, pausing now and then to break out into song. The lyrics, which reference a “one-woman riot” and ruminate on the fears about speaking up — “Would I be that monster, scare them all away / If I let them hear what I have to say?” — were apropos for the march, and seemed to resonate with those who were lucky enough to catch the show.
MILCK says she wrote “Quiet” as a cathartic exercise trying to let go of her past, which includes physical and sexual abuse. “With this song, I feel like I’m finally allowing my truest inner self to be expressed,” she wrote in a statement along with the song’s release a few days before the march.
“In this time of fear, propaganda and discrimination, it is critical for our individual and collective voices to be heard,” she continued. “With this song, I’m saying I am NOT the woman who is going to stay quiet where there are figures who promote oppression. I want to encourage others to give a voice to whatever they may have silenced, political or personal.”
The video has been viewed and shared thousands of times YouTube thus far, so it seems like it’s working.