For my blog I chose “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. The 1994 animated film is directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a story taking place in Africa with a kingdom of lions. The Lion King is a story of a young lion (Simba), who is to take his father’s place (Mufasa) as King of the Pride Lands. During the movie, Mufasa is killed by his jealous brother Scar. Simba believes his uncle Scar when Simba is told he is the reason for his father’s death and flees away from his family for a while. While Simba is on his own he is given some valuable information from his childhood friend Nala and Rafiki (his shaman), before returning to face his uncle Scar and take his place as king. In the beginning of the movie, the song “Circle of Life” is sung and Simba is shown to the animals in Pride Rock as the next to be King.
“Circle of Life” Composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. Released in the U.S. in 1994. Performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.
Role of the song
“Circle of Life” is sung in Zulu in the beginning and switches to English. The beginning is translated to: “Here comes a lion father, oh yes it’s a lion! We’re going to conquer A lion and leopard come to this place” The song is reminding us that as soon as we are born and we see the sun light, there is more to see in this Earth. There is also more to do during the day and there is not enough time. No matter what we face while we are alive, we have the faith and love to go on until we find our place. We have this circle of life where there is birth, survival of hardships and joy and when it is our time, there is death. The chorus is: “In the circle of life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life” This means we have a life to live sort of like a game. It is with faith and hope that we find our place on our path that is given to us in our life.
“Circle of Life” Composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. Released in the U.S. in 1994. Performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. Official music video
“In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” (Wikipedia). The song is a perfect example of the life we live. There will always be hardships, losses, love and even death. We just have to have faith and hope to find our path.
The song is sung in F Major and is 83 beats per minute. The dynamics of the song are soft in the beginning and gets louder at 1:37. It is written in common time (4/4). The range of the song is not too high. The timbre of the song is mainly percussion. We can hear the background singers throughout the whole sing, singing “Here comes a lion father, oh yes it’s a lion! We’re going to conquer, A lion and leopard come to this place.” The lyrics of the song give meaning to everyone’s life.
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“The Lion King – Circle of Life.” Film Musical 24 Aug. 2016 https://filmmusiccentral.com/2016/08/24/the-lion-king-circle-of-life-1994