Morning Song – Quiet
It’s not clear which way the cause-and-effect operates—does singing generate power? or does a powerful movement overflow into great songs and a singing spirit? or, as seems likely, is it some strange alchemical mixture of both?—but students, and especially participants of social movements confirm that a singing movement is a winning movement.
So the viral power, popularity and singability of MILCK’s “Quiet” after her street performance with an a capella choir at the Women’s March on Washington was caught and shared by filmmaker Alma Har’el should be considered a deeply troubling sign for the new administration and its allies.
Not because “Quiet” will become a movement anthem on the order of “We Shall Overcome” or “Solidarity Forever” (it’s far too early to draw that conclusion). But because the opponents of Trump’s brand of macho-racial nationalism are already—within hours of his inauguration—finding their collective voice: one that’s unapologetically female, unabashedly confident, and unquestionably inspiring.
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh;
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh;
I can’t keep quiet,