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Ego Likeness' New Legion

Quoting Donna Lynch of Ego Likeness:

After seeing a series of paintings by MANDEM that incorporated the mythology of Medusa into contemporary feminist and social issues--such as domestic violence--I became stuck on the idea of writing a song about her from her own perspective. Eventually, it morphed into something larger, with Medusa becoming one of many characters mentioned, but I was able to stay true to the theme of violence against women, from objectification and manipulation to tangible forms of abuse.

I decided it needed to be an anthem, of sorts, but I didn't want to lose the "myth" aspect that had inspired it all, so it became a summoning song: we recognize the crimes, we call the entities, and we take revenge. It's not a happy song about making peace, it's a war cry.

When we got to the chorus, it only made sense to pay homage to the biblical story of the demon Legion ("My name is Legion; for we are many.") as this was my female version of the demon(s).

"To those who cannot speak/ to those whose mouths are empty/ we will stand for you/ for we are many..."

Hence, the New Legion.

("Singled Out: Ego Likeness' New Legion," AntiMusic, July 2015)

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