Transcendentalism in modern music Essay

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Transcendentalism in modern music

Transcendentalism influenced the 19th century and emphasized on the value of the individual and intuition. It was an idea that people were at their best when they we self reliant and independent. Ralph Waldo Emerson was the movements most important figure along with his main follower Henry David Thoreau. These two people were the most influential people during this movement. Transcendentalism was all about being an individual and it still endures today in modern culture. It is particularly evident in modern music. Modern music expresses individuality and the idea of being something other than the majority. One artist that expresses individuality is Eminem, a rapper that is known for being
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That's exactly what Eminem has done. He seized that moment and captured it. He made music his life. Also in this song it says "This world is mine for the taking-Make me king, as we move toward a new world order-A normal life is boring, but superstardom's close to post mortem." The normal life is boring to Eminem he live a life different than the majority. He doesn't conform like many other people. Through the eyes of transcendentalism Eminem is a great example of how transcendentalism is still embraced in modern music. Another artist that expresses individuality is Kid Cudi. In the song Just What I Am rapper Kid Cudi says "I'm just what you made God-Not many I trust I'mma go my own may-God-Take my fait to wherever you want." He's his own person and is listening to God and what he thinks God would want him to do not what others think he should do. He does his own thing, he is an individual. Also in the song "Soundtrack To My Life" he says "I control my own life, Charles was never in charge No sitcom could teach Scott about the dram." He states that he's in control of his life and that his life isn't influenced by other people. He doesn't conform to the norm of society like other musicians. He references a show called "Charles in Charge" where the character Charles had a hard time controlling his family but the actor Scott had full control of the character. It's a play on words because Kid Cudi's name is also Scott and he is in total

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