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Transcendentalist Playlist

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"Colors of the Wind"
Importance of Nature, unity of all living things, Self-Reliance
Transcendentalist quotes:
“The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it” (Thoreau 410).
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” (Emerson, “Nature” 392).
“The greatest delight…is the suggestion of an occult relation between man the vegetable…They nod to me, and I to them” (Emerson, “Nature” 391).

Lyrics:
“You can own the Earth and still/ All you’ll own is Earth until/ You can paint with all the colors of the wind” (46-48).
“every rock and tree and creature/ Has a life, has a spirit, has a name” (10-11).

"Circle of Life"
Unity of all living things
Transcendentalist quotes:
"the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me" (Emerson, "Nature" 391).

Lyrics:
"It's the Circle of Life/And it moves us all/Through despair and hope/Through faith and love/Till we find our place/On the path unwinding/In the Circle/The Circle of Life" (18-25).

"Almost There"
Self-Reliance
Transcendentalist quotes:
“No kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 393)
“if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams…he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” (Thoreau 412).

Lyrics:
"Fairytales can come true/ But you gotta make ‘em happen, it all depends on you/ So I work real hard each and every day" (13-15).
“People down here think I’m crazy, but I don’t care/ Trials and tribulations I’ve had my share/ There ain’t nothing gonna stop me now stop me now because I’m almost there” (10-12).
"Reflection"
Nonconformity
Transcendentalist quotes:
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 394).
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 393).

Lyrics:
“Now I see if I wear a mask/ I can fool the world but I cannot fool my heart” (4-5).
"I am now in a world where I/Have to hide my heart and what I believe in" (8-11).

"Defying Gravity"
Nonconformity
Transcendentalist quotes:
“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist” (Emerson “Self-Reliance” 394).
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step away to the music which he hears, however measured or far away” (Thoreau 412).

Lyrics:
“I hope you’re proud how you/ Would gravel in your own submission/ To feed your own ambition" (10-12).
"I'm through with playing by the rules/Of someone else's game" (26-27).
"I think I'll try/Defying gravity" (32-33).

"Let it Go"
Nonconformity, Importance of Nature
Transcendentalist quotes:
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 394).
“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life…which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground- my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space- all mean egotism vanishes” (Emerson, “Nature” 390).

Lyrics:
"Be the good girl you always have to be/Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know" (9-10).
"Can't hold it back any more/Let it go" (13-14).
"The snow glows white on the mountain tonight" (1).
"Makes everything seem small/And the fears that once controlled me/Can't get to me at all" (20-22).


Transcendentalist Playlist
By Lisa Gao

"I Don't Want To Be"
Nonconformity
Transcendentalist quotes:
“We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 393).

Lyrics:
"I’m tired of looking ‘round rooms/ Wondering what I’ve got to do/ Or who I’m supposed to be/ I don’t want to be anything other than me” (12-15).
"I'm surrounded by identity crisis everywhere I turn" (18).
"I'll Make A Man Out Of You"
Potential of all people to achieve greatness
Transcendentalist quotes:
“if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind…and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings” (Thoreau 412).
“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life…which nature cannot repair” (Emerson, “Nature” 390).

Lyrics:
“You’re the saddest bunch/ I ever met/ But you can bet/ Before we’re through/ Mister I’ll make a man/ out of you” (5-10).
“Once you find your center/ you are sure to win” (13-14).
“swift as the coursing river/With all the force of a great typhoon/ With all the strength of a raging fire/ Mysterious as the dark side of the moon” (33-40).
"We Are the World 25 for Haiti"
Essential goodness of all people, Unity of all living things
Transcendentalist quotes:
“the wide universe is full of good” (Emerson, “Self- Reliance” 393).
“And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny…Obeying the Almighty effort and advancing on chaos and the Dark” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance” 393)

Lyrics:
“We are all a part of/ God’s great big family" (13).
“It’s time to lend a hand to life” (6).
“We are the world/ We are the children/ We are the ones who make a brighter day/ So lets start giving” (15-18).
"Hall of Fame"
Potential of all people to achieve greatness
Transcendentalist quotes:
“if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” (Thoreau 412).
“live deliberately” (Thoreau 410).
“The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried” (Emerson “Self-Reliance” 393).

Lyrics:
“ You could be the greatest/ You can be the best” (1-2).
“Never gonna know if you never even try” (30).
“Be believers/ Be leaders/ Be astronauts/ Be champions/ Be truth seekers" (46-50).
“Don’t wait for luck/ Dedicate yourself and you could find yourself/ Standing in the hall of fame” (13-14).
Works Cited
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Aguilera, Christina. “Reflection.” Christina Aguilera. BMG Entertainment, 1999. MP3.
DeGraw, Gavin. “I Don’t Want To Be.” AZLyrics. musiXmatch., 2000. Web. 6 Jan 2014.
DeGraw, Gavin. “I Don’t Want To Be.” Chariot. J Records, 2003. MP3.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature.” Prentice Hall Literature: The
American Experience. Penguin Edition. Eds. Kate Kinsella, Sharon Vaughn, and Kevin Feldman. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. 390-392. Print.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Self-Reliance.” Prentice Hall Literature:
The American Experience. Penguin Edition. Eds. Kate Kinsella, Sharon Vaughn, and Kevin Feldman. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. 393-394. Print.
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Thoreau, Henry David. “Walden.” Prentice Hall Literature: The
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