threat of global warming was what motivated lesbian musician
Melissa Etheridge to pen the title song "I Need to Wake Up"
for the Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient
Truth, she said Tuesday.
"This was a very
special opportunity for me," Etheridge said, according
to The Hollywood Reporter. "I had just been
through my own special awakening, after being diagnosed
with breast cancer. After that, when my perspective and my
life had changed, I realized that I am not on an
Stone, World Trade Center composer Craig
Armstrong and his music supervisor Budd Carr, sat on
a panel at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference.
that her personal struggle to address the depth of global
warming motivated her to write the song. She said she
eventually wrote the song after her partner asked her
to simply write how she was feeling.
"What [would] I
want to hear?" Etheridge said. "I want to hear
somebody else who feels the way I feel, which is 'My God,
have I been sleeping?'" (The Advocate)