We Didn't Start The Run
(Within Temptation vs. Billy Joel)
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Within Temptation - And We Run [instrumental]
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire [acapella]
Winner of Mashstix Mash-Off #35 - "Decades" January, 2016
Sometimes you have to be good to be lucky. And other times, you just get lucky. This is more a case of the latter. MashGyver had issued the challenge on Mashstix (since the monthly contest winner was very slow in coming up with a new challenge) to mash a song with another that was at least 10 years older or newer than the first. The contest name was titled: "Decades."
As a new Mashstix member, I was eager to participate in the contest (as I figured it would motivate me to improve my skills) so I pondered at what song(s) to use for the contest. I had in mind that I wanted to use a Within Temptation instrumental, but I had no idea which acapella to use. Then one evening I was in the grocery store with my wife and I heard We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel playing in the background, and I figured it was the perfect song for this contest. When I got home, I looked for a pairing with Within Temptations many instrumentals and noticed that And We Run (one of my favorites of theirs) was a natural fit. I put the two together and it was like magic happened. It was so easy!
The contest ended in a tie vote with DJ Firth for first, so MashGyver had to cast the tiebreaker and he chose my mashup. What makes this story all the more compelling is that January 2016's contest had 14 entries, the most to ever participate in the monthly mash-off! I still have a hard time believing I won.