Transcendental Pop Culture Project Keith Twitchell


“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes…” (Walden, Henry David Thoreau)

Winston Marshall is in a band called Mumford and Sons. They are best know for there hit in 2012 I Will Wait and in 2013 year they won a Grammy for their album, Babel. Winston Marshall in 2011 he had a nickname and it was, "country" Winston because he played the banjo and he dressed like he was from the south but he is from West London. In the years when the band was still new he dressed very poorly and just his own personal style.

Winston Marshall it looked like he in the years like he did not have new clothes. I do not remember what the style was back in 2012 but I am pretty sure it was not to dress like a farmer but Winston did anyways cause he wanted to be different than the rest of the world at that time. British GQ said, "the Mumford & Sons banjo man should remember he’s from west London, not West Virginia." In 2012 Winston Marshall was for sure a nonconformist because he just wore and dressed how he wanted and he did not care what anyone said about it. Even though he was named sixth worst dressed man in 2012 I do not think he cared at all. In the more recent years in 2015-2017 the whole band started the dress more with what the trend was but still like their own style.


“ There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide;” (Self- Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The movie We Are Your Friends was directed and written by Max from the MTV show Catfish. The movie was released in 2015 and did not do that good in the box office. It received only 11.1 million dollars and got a Rotten Tomato score of 40% rating. To the people that did see the movie thought it was a good movie but the critics did not at all like this movie and one critic said that she thought the movie was tacky. The movie is about a young DJ named Cole trying to make it big in LA and he DJs in a small club. He befriends a very successful DJ James Reed that teaches him that he needs to find his own sound. James Reed : " Imitation is suicide.’ Emerson said that. Look you can make people dance, and that’s half the battle. Any successful artist, they have this moment when they stop being an admirer and they find their signature.”

Cole uses songs that other artists have already made and he tries to be too many artists and he is not finding his own personal sound. James Reed tells Cole that he needs to listen to what the world is telling him and make music based on that because that would be his own personal sound. James Reed re insures to Cole the quote from Emerson and how Cole is actually is "killing" himself because he is trying to be to many people and not being true to himself. He then starts using the things in his life and it really changes his whole DJing career.

Importance of Nature

“In the woods we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life- no disgrace, no calamity…." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Below My Feet is was released in 2012 on Mumford and Sons' second album Babel. Below My Feet is the 11th track on the album. The whole band wrote this song as well as most of their songs and sometimes one of the band-mates writes and song and the rest of the band reads it and fixes it if it needs it. One of the songs on the album was written by just one member and the song was Reminder. ( The picture is of the band playing Below My Feet).

Below My Feet like most of Mumford and Sons' music has Christian undertones to their songs. But this song talks about nature and God all in the same verse. "Keep the earth below my feet For all my sweat, my blood runs weak Let me learn from where I have been Keep my eyes to serve my hands to learn". Below My Feet is a deep reflection on Marcus' faith and life experience. The best place to keep the earth below someones feet is in the forest because nature is surrounding you in every direction.

Favoring Intuition over Reason

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Walden, Henry David Thoreau

In 2007 Steve Jobs showed the world the first iPhone ever to be made. Apple created the iPhone and Steve Jobs was the person behind the idea of making a phone that has a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.

Simplified Life

“Live your life. Do your work. Then take your hat.” -”Conscience”, Henry David Thoreau

Ed Sheeran was putting out new music in 2015 a lot and when he put out one more new song and got a very lukewarm reaction from his fans. When he got the reaction that was shocking to him he decided to take a year long break on writing music and social media all together. This got his fans really mad because he would not be putting new music out for them to listen to. Ed said that the reason he did that was ,"But you disappear for a year and then people are kind of hungry for it again."

Ed Sheeran did his job and then just went on a full year break from everything. He in a sense was living his life with no worries at all just a very relaxing. Doing this made him focus just o himself and writing better music for the public to enjoy. “I remember dropping a song just before I took a year off and it was such a lukewarm reaction."


Created with images by - "Forest" • Damian Gadal - "Breaking Rules" • familymwr - "Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Cottage Pitchers" • .Elisa. - "nature" • Dennis Götz - "Nature" • Neo_II - "Coffee Shop near Times Square" • GigPictures - "Ed Sheeran, V Festival 2014, Chelmsford"

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