The film's theme song , "Colors of the Wind" was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas. A pop ballad , the song's lyrics are about animism and respecting nature, and have been compared to both transcendentalist literature and New Age spirituality. American actress and recording artist Vanessa Williams 's adult contemporary cover of the song was released as the lead single from the film's soundtrack , and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot Following the death of Howard Ashman , the Walt Disney Company wanted to find another musician to collaborate with Alan Menken on his scores for animated films. Stephen Schwartz , the composer behind the Broadway theater hits Godspell , Pippin , and The Magic Show , received a call from the company asking if he would like to collaborate with Menken. Schwartz had never considered working in the film industry, but agreed to do so nonetheless. Schwartz wanted to write a song for the film wherein Pocahontas confronts the Eurocentrism of John Smith. According to Schwartz, the song "influence[d] the development of the rest of the film. This is often the process in animation, at least as I've experienced it, where everybody works from an outline and each succeeding piece of material, whether it is a song or drawings, influences the next. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life.
Colors of the Wind
As a photographer I tried to imagine what the colors of the wind looked like. An image of the Northern Lights appeared in my mind. Listening to it I was captivated by the lyrics. I had never seen the Disney Movie, Pocahontas.
Colors of the Wind is a featured article , which means it has been identified as one of the best articles produced by the Disney Wiki community. If you see a way this page can be updated or improved without compromising previous work, please feel free to contribute. It was also nominated for AFI's years The song poetically represents the Native American viewpoint that the earth is a living entity where humankind is connected to everything in nature. This song is about Pocahontas ' exhortation to John Smith about the wonders of the earth and nature, including the spirit within all living things, encouraging him not to think of them as things he can conquer or own, but rather as beings to respect and live with in harmony. She also urges him to accept humans who are different in appearance and culture and to learn from them. The whole song's music plays in the theatrical trailer, as shown on The Lion King video, but she only is heard singing the song starting from, "You think you own whatever land you land on. It can be heard briefly in Ralph Breaks the Internet when Pocahontas uses the power of the wind to help save Ralph.
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