On Remembrance Day

A word or two about the song “On Remembrance Day”.

Originally the song was supposed to be about my great uncle Harold Joyce, who died on the 28th of August in 1918 at the Second Battles of Arras.

His name is on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

I was trying to write his story, but I wasn’t having much luck getting anywhere with the idea.
So, after rolling the melody around in my head for a couple of days, I decided that instead of making the song about one soldier in particular, I’d try to make it about every soldier and our debt to them.

I can only imagine what they went through.

I first wrote and recorded  “On Remembrance Day” four years ago.
But, deep down, I always knew that I wanted to visit the song again.
Maybe add some harmonies.
Maybe a violin part.

So, last week, while working on my new album, Scott Franchuk and I decided to set aside a little time (ok, a lot of time) to rerecord “On Remembrance Day”.

And man, am I glad we did.

This is probably my favourite song of mine.

Shannon Johnson came in and played an absolutely amazing violin part.

My God.

And then, to top it off, Jenny and Ruby sang harmonies on the the last chorus.

The Plume Family Singers!

I’ve never been more proud.

Mike Plume
November 5, 2017

5 thoughts on “On Remembrance Day

  1. Dave McAteer

    Great song Mike. In 1991 I spent about 3 days in the Normandy region, I had a lump in throat the entire time. Even seeing it you I can imagine the horrors of D-Day. I remember very well one of the cemeteries, it had a huge section of graves that were marked “known unto God”, these people gave the ultimate sacrifice, so people like me have the freedoms I have today. It’s a debt I’ll never be able to repay.
    I have never missed a chance to vote, before or after, to exercise the rights they gave me with their lives.

    1. Mike Plume Post author

      Hey there!
      If you click on the “Music” tab in the menu and then click on “Albums”, you’ll see the word “BandCamp” in red. Click on that and it’ll take you to my BandCamp page where all of my music is for sale, including “On Remembrance Day”.
      Thanks and take care,
      Mike

  2. Doris McKay

    This made a mark in history for the brave Men that were Heroes to make our life better. May God be with them and their families! God Bless them all!

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