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The Five I's Of Of Transcendentalism In The Modern Day

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According to the New York Times, teenagers listen to an average of 2.5 hours of music in a singular day. The messages coming through in each song may vary between drug/alcohol reference or transcendentalism. No matter where there is music, there is a lesson to be learned through ideas that Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau created. Though transcendentalism is a relatively foreign word to most, it can be defined by using five i's: individualism, inspiration, intuition, idealism and imagination which are displayed on all platforms of music today. The different music genres may vary between music from the late 1990's and children's movies today.
The constantly growing and changing world is trying its best to sway and alter the minds of the common people by using as many influential platforms possible from ads on television, entertainment in the theaters, politics in the government, to music on the radio. The Dave Matthews Band sings about either issues in life or in love. To find a song that correlates to individualism is not a surprise. When singer Dave Matthews performs the song "Drunken Soldier" live, he puts an emphasis on the lyrics "Don't waste time trying to be something you're not/ Fill up your head/ Fill up your heart/ And take your shot/ Don't waste
time tryin' to be something you're not.” The meaning rings through that he had been through identity issues and when finding himself, he found that he shouldn't pretend to be someone that he should not have been. Identity is a substantial issue in the novel Into the Wild. The author Jon Krakauer admitted
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which man appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the spirit within a man than a secure future (56).
"Drunken Soldier" and Into the Wild correlate due to what Emerson pointed out about identity: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Despite the fact that Emerson lived in the 1800’s, Into the Wild reached and captivated audiences in 1996, and “Drunken Soldier” was released on the latest Dave Matthews Band album in 2012, they all correspond to the same repeating idea that individualism is a recurring theme in all of the eras in addition to transcendentalism.
Editorialist Abbas Abedi found that "people perform at their best when they are inspired and motivated." It does not matter what literary era or time period, the human race could be in need of some inspiration. Inspiration could be created and used in any form possible, from what to wear that day, what to write about, or knowing about self-worth. Owl City’s Adam Young sings about self-worth and importance in his single “Gold” released in 2012. The discrete song on the latest album did not receive air time on the radios,...

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