Gonna Fly Now

Andrew Fuller, Roderic Harris, Noemi Torres

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What is the best way to SHOW and TEACH others what you have learned about your piece though the video? It's up to YOU to come up with what makes the most sense.

Based on the fact that the song is used during the scenes when Rocky Balboa is training, I think it only makes sense to have a video of someone training (maybe to get ready for the concert or something like that). We could also include how the lyrics were thought of while Carol Connors was in the shower.

The following was simply the assignment, and should only be used as a STARTING POINT, or for reference.

The following points were decided upon as a class, and are used as a basis for which to conduct research about the song. Please note, that it is expected that the students will go above and beyond the following points, and only use these as a starting point. The findings will determine what is ultimately included in the final product.

The format of the research paper is a five (or more)-paragraph essay. Papers not written in this format will be given zero credit and the student will be expected to resubmit the paper in the correct format.

Background of the song

When it was written
The song was written in 1976 to coincide with the release of Rocky.

Purpose it served (Was it written for a specific reason? Protest? Fun? Love? etc.)
Gonna Fly Now was written to serve as the theme song for Rocky Balboa.
Effect on society, or how society affected it.

Lyrics - include interpretation

Although a full set of lyrics were submitted for the song, on the final cut of the music for the film only 30 words in all were used.
The lyrics are as follows:
Trying hard now
it's so hard now
trying hard now

Getting strong now
won't be long now
getting strong now

Gonna fly now
flying high now
gonna fly, fly, fly...

Who wrote it? Who performed it? If there are multiple performers, please list all. Who was the most popular? Were there different styles?
The instrumental portions of the song were written by composer and conductor Bill Conti. The lyrics were written by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins although the lyrics were recorded by DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford.
World/political events at the time.
Rocky poster

Trends in popular culture (clothing, movies, music, video game-like things, entertainment, etc)