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Them’s fightin’ words
by Jessa Slade on July 13th, 2009

Currently working on: Flying to Washington DC for the Romance Writers of America national conference!!!
Mood: Three exclamation points worth of excited

Hi, my name is Jessa, and I’m addicted to cheesy movie rock anthems.  And hey, there’s a lot of us here tonight :)

I think there’s nothing wrong with admitting it.  Sometimes, jamming the radio, pumping your fist and singing loudly off-key — well, you don’t have to sing off-key if you don’t want to, but I don’t have a choice — is the best way to kick off your Sunday shoes.

And yes, that’s my first favorite inspirational song, “Footloose” from the movie of the same name.

footlooseYou’re playing so cool
Obeying every rule
Dig way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for some
Somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You can fly if you’d only cut
Loose, footloose

Weren’t string ties sexy?  Okay, no, but doesn’t Kevin Bacon don’t the melody and lyrics just make you want to toss your hair over your shoulder and tell your preacher daddy a thing or two?  That’s what I look for in an inspiring song, a message that says to keep pushing, keep trying.

For me, a good inspiration song should also be:

Crankable: When I need to be musically inspired, 2 on the volume dial just won’t do.
Singable: Instrumentals are lovely, but something about belting out lyrics is so satisfying.
Outrageous heavy-handed in the symbolism department: We’re talking eye of the tiger, baby.

Speaking of wonderfully cliche mixed metaphors…  Perhaps you’ll remember the not-so-memorable, sort-of-follow-up to that quintessential teen angst paen, ”The Breakfast Club” called “St. Elmo’s Fire.”  The theme song, “Man in Motion,” still rolls through the oldies station on occasion:

st_elmos_fireI can see a new horizon underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’, St. Elmo’s Fire
I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo’s Fire burnin’ in me

A lot of the best cheesy movies feature a male lead, and often the theme song — like those above — reads like a conversation with or ode to the romantic interest.  Nowhere is this better expressed than the theme song from “Top Gun,” “Highway to the Danger Zone.”

top-gunHeadin’ into twilight
Spreadin’ out her wings tonight
She got you jumpin’ off the deck
And shovin’ into overdrive
Highway to the danger zone
I’ll take you right into the danger zone
She’ll never say hello to you
Until you get it on the red line overload
You’ll never know what you can do
Until you get it up as high as you can go

Oh please.  “Get it up as high as you can go,” indeed.  Still, as an anthem sing-along it definitely rocks.

I notice, suddenly, that my favorite inspiring songs all mention flying.  I think that when I need an inspiration song as bad as the ones mentioned above it’s because I’ve been seriously flattened by something.  But how can I stay down when St. Elmo’s Fire is burnin’ in me?

Okay, which ones did I miss?  What is your favorite cheesy movie theme song rock anthem?  Feel free to quote your favorite line too so we all can sing alone.