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The Beatles: Musical Transcendentalists

Cassie Michael Charles Foster Anthony Onukwuli Kareem Burrows
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Charles Foster

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of The Beatles: Musical Transcendentalists

Who are the Beatles? Paul McCarteny (Bass) John Lennon (Rhythmn Guitar) Ringo Starr (Drums) George Harrison (Lead Guitar) A Beatles History The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.[1] Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as "Beatlemania", transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. They came to be perceived as the embodiment of ideals of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Musical Transcendentalists Comparing Ideas Among the transcendentalists' core beliefs was an ideal spiritual state that “transcends” the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individual's intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions. This idea is promenently displayed in a lot of The Beatles' songs. A good example of this is “Black Bird”. The song is about a black bird spreading his wings and learning to fly. But if we look deeper we can see that it's really about freedom and being an individual by doing things on your own.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.” What are some of the transcendentalists’ ideas? Freedom, Individuality, Global human connectivity, and maybe even stop and smell the roses. There are a lot of Beatles songs with some of those themes. Their trip to India served as a very inspirational time for The Beatles. It was there that they wrote their most popular album and their most popular song “Let It Be”. In the song “I am the Walrus”, The lyric “I am the eggman” refers to Humpty Dumpty and more specifically the frailty of humans. Other transcendentalist themes can be found in songs such as “All You Need Is Love”, and“BlackBird”. And Now The Queez 1. Where did the Beatles write their best selling album “Let It Be” ?
A.) India B.)Australia
C.) England D.) The U.S. 2. Who was the lead guitarist?
A.) George Harrison B.) John Lennon
C.) Richard Starkey D.) Paul McCartney 3. “I am he as you are he as they are he and we are all together.” What transcendentalist idea does this phrase convey?
A.) Freedom and Individuality B.)We are all connected
C.) Conquer the world D.) Everyone is a boy 4.”Blackbird singing in the dead of night/ Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” What transcendentalist idea does the phrase convey?
A.) We are all connected. B.)Life is pain and suffering.
C.)Freedom and individuality D.)It is best to be alone
5. Which of the 4 Beatles was Hindu in terms of religion?
A.) Paul McCartney B.)John Lennon
C.)Ringo Star D.)George Harrison
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