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  • 2020 Gallery | How I Fell in Love with Jazz | Savage Content

    VIDEO CONTEST Jazz HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH 2 n d Annual How I Fell in Love with Jazz Vote for Your Favorite Contest Guidelines Judges Official Rules FAQ 2020 Gallery Contact There are no entries that match your query.

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    2 n d Annual HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH Jazz VIDEO CONTEST How I Fell in Love with Jazz Vote for Your Favorite Contest Guidelines Judges Official Rules FAQ 2020 Gallery Contact Frequently Asked Questions Is there any restriction as to who can participate in the contest? Yes, our contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), and the United Kingdom who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time they enter the contest. Additionally, the video submitted must be in English. Do I have to be a Jazz musician in order to enter the contest? ​No, you don't have to. You can enter our contest as along as you are a Jazz lover. I submitted my video several days ago. Why isn’t it live on your site yet? ​A: We review every submission for acceptance before it goes live. Once it's been accepted, it is made live for viewing and voting. We will try our best to review submissions within two business days. However, if the video includes any of the following, the submission was probably not accepted. You will be notified via email if your video is rejected. Your video has inappropriate/offensive content or intentions. Please review our Official Rules for more details on our content policy. You’ve submitted a video created by someone else and presented it as your own. ​​​ Can I promote myself and send my video to people I know, encouraging them to come to the site and vote for my video? Of course! You can promote yourself as much as you’d like. Go crazy on social media. By all means let your friends, family and followers know so you can obtain more votes. ​Is there a limit on how many people can vote for my video per day? Nope! You can ask as many friends and family members to vote for you as you want. There is, however, a limit of how many times each voter can vote for you per day (5). We also have a function to ensure those voting are real people, so no phony voting, please. Do I have to have a video in the contest in order to vote? You don’t need to be a contest entrant to vote on videos. Anyone can vote!​ How do I know if I made it into the winner list? We will notify all contestants who have made it onto the winner's list via email. Winners will also be announced on our website and social media platforms. ​ If I win, how will I get the money? Once you’ve been notified as a winner, we will confirm to what address or email address the prize is to be sent. First and second prize winners will receive their prize in the form of a check. Third prize winners will be awarded in the form of an Amazon e-gift card if they reside in the US and a check if they are outside the US. All prize fulfillment will be handled by our contest administration partner Realtime Media LLC. I caught someone breaking the rules. What should I do? Let us know. Email hello@blueloopllc.com with details. The more info you can give, the better we can determine how to proceed. Watch Examples Out of gallery

  • How I Fell in Love with Jazz | Savage Content

    2 n d Annual HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH Jazz VIDEO CONTEST VISIT THE GALLERY SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO SUBMISSION CLOSED VOTING ENDS FEB 1ST GRAND PRIZE $5,000 2ND PLACE $2,500 Plus, $50,000 donation to the Jazz Foundation of America. Welcome to the 2 n d Annual "HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ" VIDEO CONTEST Presented by We are looking for 1-3 minute video diaries detailing how individuals fell in love with jazz music. To enter, simply pull out your recording device and tell us how your passion of jazz came to be. Be creative as to how you present your story! SUBMISSION CLOSED VOTING ENDS FEB 1ST GRAND PRIZE - $5,000 2ND PLACE - $2,500 TOP 25 CROWD FAVORITES - $100 EACH Plus, we donated $50,000 to the Jazz Foundation of America this year to support musicians in need. SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE READ THE FULL GUIDELINES Submission Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - January 15, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET Voting Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET ​ For more details, please see our Official Rules. **NO REGISTRATION FEE OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Meet the Judges . WAYNE SHORTER WATCH THE VIDEO Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Active since the late 1950s as principal composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, a member of Miles Davis’ celebrated ‘60s quintet, and as a solo leader on Blue Note Records, Shorter co-founded the bestselling fusion band Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1971. He is the winner of 12 Grammy Awards as a player and writer, including a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Since 2000, the Wayne Shorter Quartet has performed his symphonic works with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. ​ Photo credit: Daniel Prakopcyk ​ STEVE JORDAN WATCH THE VIDEO Drummer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Jordan has recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Beyoncé, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, to name only a few. He is currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, in the drum chair previously occupied by the late Charlie Watts. He has produced and played on three albums by Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, and has also helmed recordings by Mayer, Guy, Beyoncé, Booker T. & the MG’s, and Bettye Lavette, among others. He co-founded and records with the Verbs for Jay-Vee Records, a musical partnership with his wife Meegan Voss. He captured an Emmy Award for his musical direction of Movies Rock. ​ Photo credit: Danny Clinch PEDRITO MARTINEZ WATCH THE VIDEO Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he began his musical career at 11 with a deep foundation in rumba and Afro Cuban Yoruba traditions. Since settling in New York City in 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with many greats including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Camila Cabello, and Sting. Contributing to over 100 albums, Pedrito was also a founding member of the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena. In 2008, he formed the The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s first album was nominated for a Grammy, as well as among NPR’s Favorite Albums of the Year. In 2019, Pedrito was executive producer on a collaboration with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Duologue with Quincy Jones. He also worked on a new version of Eric Clapton’s song, “My Father’s Eyes,” a song that he also performed with Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. ​ . EMMET COHEN WATCH THE VIDEO Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has been praised by Downbeat for his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." He is the leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" and creator of the "Masters Legacy Series." ​ Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen has appeared and headlined at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs and international jazz festivals. For many years he was Hammond B-3 Organist-in-Residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club. During the lockdown he created "Live From Emmet's Place," a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views worldwide. ​ A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). ​ . ANDROMEDA TURRE WATCH THE VIDEO Vocalist and composer Andromeda Turre is the founder of Growing Up Jazz, an educational program teaching American History through the lens of Jazz. In addition to performing internationally as a Jazz vocalist, she is also a speaker, host and curator of Jazz events worldwide. The daughter of acclaimed Jazz musicians Steve Turre and Akua Dixon, Andromeda attended the Berklee College of Music and got her first professional job as a Raelette singing with Ray Charles. She has since toured in over 17 countries and her compositions have been used for television, film and video games. ​ www.AndromedaTurre.com www.GrowingUpJazz.com ​ Watch Examples Out of gallery Please note these sample videos are for demo purpose only and may not meet all the requirements of the contest. Please review the guidelines below for detailed requirements. WHAT DO I SUBMIT? We are seeking video submissions, 1 to 3 minutes long, that detail how you fell in love with Jazz. Whether you’re a performer or an enthusiast, we want you to tell your story with passion and enthusiasm. We are open to many video styles. So, whether you’re submitting a simple retelling or a full-on production with multiple camera angles, edits, special effects, and props., let your creativity shine. Your video must be in English. You can submit up to three entries throughout the contest, however, only your best/video with the most votes will be eligible for a prize. Viewers can vote up to five times a day. ***You must be a legal resident of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) or the UK in order to enter this contest ​ WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW? All accepted video entries will be displayed in our online gallery allowing for public viewing and voting. Entries with the highest number of votes will be further evaluated by our panel of judges, who will determine the first-prize winner and second-prize winner. To “get out the vote,” we encourage you to promote yourself like crazy! Light up all your social media platforms, and let your friends, family and followers know. The top 25 videos that got the most votes (excluding the videos that took 1st and 2nd prize) will be awarded $100 as our "crowd favorites. Submission Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - January 15, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET Voting Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET ​ GRAND PRIZE $5,000 READ THE FULL GUIDELINES VIEW OUR FAQ SECOND PLACE $2,500 Go Over the Guidelines HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! DOWNLOAD OUR OUTREACH KIT This kit includes email and text messages, social posts for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and accompanying social images. View the 2020 Gallery SEE ALL THE 2020 ENTRIES

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  • Music Heals the Wounds in Our Life Logs' "After the Breakdown"

    This true-life story is a repost from our sister site, Our Life Logs® https://www.ourlifelogs.com/post/after-the-breakdown After the Breakdown I grew up in the 1960s, spending most of my childhood in the rugged, industrial city of Dayton, located in western Ohio. Though the city was tinged with gang violence, I roamed the neighborhoods without fear; a free-spirited soul I was. After playing outside for hours, I always came home to a loving family, my parents and three older sisters, who shared in the poverty and laughter of our home. As a child, I gravitated to music, and as I grew older, I formed a relationship with the melodies I heard. I became hungry to create my own. At 15, I started playing guitar and quickly formed a band with some friends. The strings of my guitar became a second mouth. They spoke for me when words wouldn’t do. After high school, I moved to North Carolina and got a degree in Electrical Engineering. Thereafter, I returned to music, joined a new band in the late 80s, and played with them whenever I could. One day after a show of ours, we decided to go to a dance club. We sauntered in with sweat-soaked clothing and wild hair looking like we’d come from some crazed bar fight. I didn’t care how we looked, that was, until I noticed a beautiful woman dancing on the stage. She had gorgeous brown hair and a killer smile that drew me in. I was in love from the moment I saw her. Her beauty reminded me that I didn’t match up with such a vision. Still, I was awestruck. I turned to my buddy and said, “I’m going to marry that girl someday.” Me, 1989. I spent the next six months going to the club to see her, putting myself out there, initiating conversation after conversation. Once we got to know each other, we were inseparable. We got married around 1990 and our lives merged. Being around my wife brought me so much joy. I woke up each morning looking at her, ready to spend the day together. With her, even daily chores and mundane errands brought happiness. She livened the routine of my life. In 2000, we moved to Tennessee. I was still interested in getting back into music—my guitar had been collecting dust for years and I itched to make music again. My wife didn’t really know how to play any instrument, but after I bought her a used drum set from a pawn shop, I found out she was a natural on the drums. Together, with a few other friends, we started Forces of Nature, a guitar-driven metal band. Playing music with my wife was awesome. Two of my favorite things were brought together in one place, and it made me fall in love with her even more. We played as many shows as we could and got noticed by local record labels that helped us support up-and-comers like Evanescence and Sevendust. Unfortunately, our band overdid it and ended up getting burnt out after playing 96 shows in nine months. So, we took a hiatus. Playing my guitar at one of our shows. We moved back to Dayton, and by 2012, all the other members of Forces of Nature had moved to Dayton too. When we were all together in the same city again, we decided to bring the band back. We worked with other talented local acts and cultivated a local metal music scene. Through it, we also built up a loyal fanbase. With my wife as the drummer and me as the guitarist, many looked at us as a golden couple of true love, the couple who “got it right.” People would ask us for relationship advice. I believed that for a long time she was the reason I got up every day; I deeply loved her. I never thought such beautiful love would ever decay, but I guess I was blinded. On my birthday in July 2015, I started noticing that things were different between us. She was distant with me most of the day, and I couldn’t pinpoint why, but I could feel us slipping. I tried guessing what the problem could be. Did I do something wrong? Was she going through menopause? For the next four months, I scrambled to fix my marriage. I didn’t know what the issue was, and she refused to give me any semblance of an answer. But I tried, though it was like working in the dark. For the first time in our 25 years of marriage, I decided that we needed a couple of weeks away from each other. I wanted to give us an opportunity to see if we’d miss each other. We kept it quiet from the band and from our fans, doing it in the month we took off for the holidays. I spent those weeks spiraling, grasping for answers to why this was happening to us. She played on that part of my personality, knowing I’d go into a tailspin over not knowing the answers. I didn’t even realize she was doing it until it was too late. On the day after Thanksgiving, I found the problem. My wife had been cheating on me with a married guy who was one of my friends. I was devastated. The woman whom I loved and trusted had been sneaking behind my back. Finding out put the nail in the coffin of our marriage. Everything I thought I knew came crashing down, and I didn’t even want to see her anymore. My heart sank into deep, deep depression. On November 28th, I went to bed and didn’t leave for days. Our bass player came by to see me and realized something was wrong when I wouldn’t respond to him. He kicked down my bedroom door and called 911. I woke up on December 1st in a hospital bed. The doctors determined that what happened to me was the clinical term, “catatonic depression.” When your mind feels that there is no other option or answers to the questions, you’re caught in a gear-grinding, stuck moment. Your mind tells your body that it’s too tired and puts you into a motionless state. It was in that moment that I realized depression was real, and sadness could kill. The first half of 2016 was a blur as I tried to piece my life back together and become myself again, a sense of self without my other half. Life without the woman I loved for 25 years was hard to get used to, but the more time I spent coping with it, the more I realized how much it needed to happen. With the help of some good friends, I was able to slowly recover from the betrayal. They reminded me that the failed marriage wasn’t my fault, “Everything beautiful about your marriage was you.” At first, I didn’t want to hear these things because I had viewed our marriage as if we were a team, but upon further reflection, they were right. I had always been in love, but blindly so. I had to learn how to just be me. Music has been a big help with that. The fans and my band really came through and helped pull myself together. Many of the fans were heartbroken to learn about our breakup, but mostly because they wanted to make sure I was okay. The music community got me back on my feet, and through playing shows I was able to heal. As I gained back hope and light, something unexpected happened, and I believe it was what it meant to be. In May 2017, I got a message from a friend who had been heavily involved in drugs. In the past, I had tried to help her, but she never listened. Worse, she had three kids. Child Protective Services (CPS) had stepped in and spread her kids to other biological family members, but no one could take in her middle two-year-old son. She asked me if I could take him. I agreed instantly. I have always felt that protecting children and their innocence is important. I never had the chance to have a child with my ex-wife, so I took the opportunity to save a little boy from a rough childhood. I called CPS and within two days, I had a son. None of this could have happened, I could have never saved him, if the fallout with my wife hadn’t happened. Finally, I saw why it had to happen. I had the reason. Me and my son. All my life, I tried to do the right thing and be a good person. I believe that is why good karma finds its way to me. Bad things happen, but they are always followed by something good, some kind of reason for why it had to happen. There is a reason for every hardship and if you trust the universe and its reasoning, nice things will come to you. I take life as it is, with the good and the bad. This is the story of Marc Godsey Marc currently lives in Dayton where he manages Oddbody’s, a music venue and bar, and plays guitar in his band, Forces of Nature. After being married for 25 years, Marc found out that his Utopian marriage was but a lie when he discovered his wife had cheated on him most of their relationship. This threw him into a deep depression. Through music and friends, he was able to heal from the betrayal. And when he had an opportunity to adopt a child in need (something his wife wouldn’t have wanted), he realized that everything happens for a reason. Marc is also in the process of getting custody of his adopted son’s sister. Marc has recently been able to move on and find love again with a woman named Cyndi who has two children. They’ve merged into one big happy family. At 50, he is a father for the first time. Marc loves music because it’s something that connects many people together regardless of the differences, and he is thankful it was there for him when he was at his lowest. Marc’s big happy family! | Writer: Kristen Petronio | Editors: Colleen Walker; MJ | If you are interested in learning more about Marc’s journey, please read his other story with Our Life Logs: “Through the Melody” With an interest in music stemming from a young age, Marc had a desire to pursue it but waited until he could afford to. Once he did, he went full force, playing nonstop and eventually working with other bands to create a music scene in Dayton where they could all be treated fairly.

  • Speaking Savage Season 2 Episode 1 featuring The Reverend Shawn Amos

    Speaking Savage returns with Season 2! In this episode, The Reverend Shawn Amos talks to host Konrad Paszkudzki about his band and recent chart-topping single, his amazing history in the music business, and growing up in Hollywood.

  • 8 Songs Inspired by Movies

    Inspiration for songs come from all sorts of places. While it typically comes from one’s own experiences, sometimes it can come from other forms of media or events. One unique form of inspiration is from movies. Whether it’s lightly referenced or written to fit a movie plot exactly, we’ve collected some of our favorite songs inspired by movies. “2012” - The Word Alive Metalcore band The Word Alive is always looking for ways to experiment with their sound. While many of their songs come from personal experiences, especially those from their vocalist Tyler “Telle” Smith, their song “2012” off of their Deceiver album was inspired by the 2009 film Law Abiding Citizen starring Jamie Foxx. Smith said about the song, "When we wrote '2012' I knew right away that I wanted the song to be very intense...something where anyone could get a pretty clear meaning of what it's about. I had watched the movie Law Abiding Citizen right before I wrote '2012' and it was fresh in my mind. I wanted to put into words the way that movie made me feel, from the main character's point of view." The song became one of the band’s most popular songs. “2012” features Miss May I singer Levi Benton, making it even bigger within the metalcore scene upon its release. “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me” - Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is known for their long and witty song titles on their classic albums like From Under the Cork Tree and Infinity on High. While “A Little Less Than Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me” clearly falls into that category, it also references the popular 80s movie, Sixteen Candles. Much like the movie, the song contains themes of teen drama and unrequited love. The members of Fall Out Boy also grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where all of Hughes' films take place, given them a personal connection to the movies. The song title not only references Sixteen Candles, but it also references Elvis’ song “Little Less Conversation” and Samantha Fox and The Doors song “Touch Me.” Combining all these together, it’s a song meant to say, instead of a wholesome teen drama of Sixteen Candles, they want a little wilder of a story. In essence, the song is a combination of a bunch of references to things the band loves. It’s also a great song worth checking out if you haven’t yet. “Thank God It’s Friday” - Ice Nine Kills “Thank God It’s Friday” is just one song of an entire album referencing movies, more specifically, horror movies. Ice Nine Kills’ album The Silver Scream follows a fictional storyline where the singer of the band is being accused of murder since many of the songs cover content related to high-profile killers such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, and many more. This specific song is a direct reference to the Friday the 13th franchise. As it follows the curse and anger that Jason holds from drowning as a kid, the chorus tells listeners, “Fueled by the flood, we pay in blood/The curse of Crystal Lake/He's down there deep within/We've found there's no escape.” The song also features a woman’s voice imitating Jason’s mother in the first film asking listeners, “Did you know my son drowned in this lake?” After watching the music video, you’ll have no doubts of its references to Friday the 13th. “Only” - Nine Inch Nails The inspiration behind this song is more subjective than the other songs on this list. The director of the music video for this song was David Fincher, who also directed Fight Club. It’s been said that this song is based on the movie. Lyrics like, "You were never really real to begin with, I just made you up to hurt myself" point to the main character in the film and his alter-ego Tyler Durden. This song is a fan-favorite and said to also reference Trent Reznor's personal life in the song too. Listen to the song below. “So Long Astoria” - The Ataris The song title itself is a direct reference to The Goonies as Astoria is the town from the 1985 movie. The lead singer Kris Roe said that his inspiration came from his childhood memories, and the adventures the children in The Goonies take are very nostalgic. The line, "This is my wish and I'm taking it back, I'm taking 'em all back" is a lyric from the line and from the movie. There was a fan made video where the song was put to scenes from The Goonies. You can watch it below. “Union Forever” - The White Stripes This song by The White Stripes is not only inspired by the 1941 movie Citizen Kane, but it also uses direct lines from the film for the lyrics. This song strings together lots of different moments from Citizen Kane including: "It can't be love, for there is no true love" (Referrring to the jazz singer at the picnic/barbecue who sings this in the movie), "Sure, I'm C.F.K, but you gotta love me" (C.F.K.'s (Charles Foster Kane's) wife Susan says this to him in an argument), and "There is a man, a certain man, who for the poor you may be sure that he'll do all he can...I bet you five you're not alive if you don't know his name" (A song sung to him in celebration of Kane's newspaper). These are just a few of many references the song has. Since the song borrows so directly from the movie, Warner Brothers considered a copyright infringement lawsuit against the band. In their defense, The White Stripes said it does not merely copy the film but takes bits and pieces of the film and transforms them into a song. Doing so does not reduce sales or otherwise affect the “market” for the film (Source). It doesn’t appear the lawsuit ever went through as little information is available online. What do you think? Is it copyright infringement or a creative reinvention? “Alien” - The Devil Wears Prada. Inspired by Alien. From the metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada’s Space EP which focuses entirely on space came the song “Alien.” Can you take a guess which movie it references? The attacking alien in this song was said to be inspired by Ridley Scott's depiction of the creatures in the 1979 movie Alien. Mike Hranica describes the alien in his song as, "10-feet tall, drenched in saliva. It's attacking, coming through the window, game over." He also said he wanted a fast-paced hard-hitting song about an alien attack, and that’s just what they delivered. The music video features a woman being abducted by an alien and becoming a part of a scary experiment. You can take a listen and watch the music video below. “Don’t Wake Me” - Skillet From the album Awake, “Don’t Wake Me” has cited inspiration for the song from the movie Braveheart. In the movie, the main character’s wife was killed, and he had dreams about his wife where she urges him to wake up. He tells her that he doesn't want to wake up. The lyrics follow this same line of thinking saying, “When it’s you I’m dreaming of, I don’t want to wake up.” The band has also said that the song is also a reference to how their singer was feeling after his grandfather got sick and passed away. For a year, he had dreams about him all the time that he didn’t want to wake up from because he greatly missed him. Listen to the song. “Scissorhands (The Last Snow) - Motionless in White Examples of all things dark and mysterious whether it’s in their music, their appearance, or their stage performances, Motionless in White writing a song inspired by Edward Scissorhands is very on brand for the band. The whole song is about Scissorhands, but one of the lines that feels most directly referenced to the movie is, “I'm a man with scissors for hands, I long for a love that I know I can't have.” Chris Motionless, the band’s singer, said about the song, “Out of all the characters in the world of books and movies, Edward Scissorhands is the one I most identify with. That movie spoke to me so much and changed my life, so I wanted my favorite and most important song on this record to be about him.” The band wanted to maintain the same feeling that Tim Burton and Danny Elfman brought into the movie, and upon listening to the song, it’s definitely the same sort of vibe. Give it a listen. “Man on the Edge” - Iron Maiden Coming from the album X Factor, “Man on the Edge” was inspired by the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down. The film tells the story of a defense industry engineer who becomes overly agitated with everyday interactions after he loses his job. After that, Foster becomes psychotic and violent as he begins to lash out. The Iron Maiden lead singer Blaze Bayley said that he saw the film as a parable for the frustrations that can come with losing a job. The song explores the loss of identity that can come from unemployment. Blaze Bayley says about the song, "One of the key lyrics is 'cannibal state,' where the system of government consumes the individual and the materialistic society consumes the individual and digests him and spits him out, so his identity is completely gone." This isn’t the first time that Iron Maiden has written songs inspired by media, but it is definitely a favorite. Learning the background and inspiration behind songs can change the meaning of songs, but hopefully in the cases of these songs, it’s for the better. I personally had no idea about the inspiration behind Skillet’s song “Don’t Wake Me” and was happy to learn it. Which song from our list are you happy you learned about the inspiration of? Do you have a favorite song inspired by a movie that we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading! Written by Kristen Petronio

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