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I just made something unexpected

Something sharp, something new

It’s not symmetrical or perfect

But it’s beautiful and it’s mine

What else can I do?

Bring it in, bring it in

Good talk, bring it in, bring it in (what else can I do?)

Let’s walk, bring it in, bring it in

Free hugs, bring it in, bring it in

I grow rows and rows of roses

Flor de mayo, by the mile

I make perfect, practiced poses

So much hides behind my smile

What could I do if I just grew what I was feelin’ in the moment?

(Do you know where you’re going? Whoa)

What could I do if I just knew it didn’t need to be perfect?

It just needed to be? And they’d let me be?

A hurricane of jacarandas

Strangling figs (big), hanging vines (this is fine)

Palma de cera fills the air as I climb

And I push through

What else can I do?

Can I deliver us a river of sundew?

Careful, it’s carnivorous, a little just won’t do

I wanna feel the shiver of something new

I’m so sick of pretty, I want something true, don’t you?

You just seem like your life’s been a dream (whoa)

Since the moment you opened your eyes

(How far do these roots go down?)

All I know are the blossoms you grow (whoa)

But it’s awesome to see how you rise

How far can I rise?

Through the roof, to the skies

Let’s go

A hurricane of jacarandas (woo)

Strangling figs (go), hanging vines (grow)

Palma de cera fills the air as I climb

And I push through

What else, what else?

What can you do when you are deeply, madly, truly in the moment?

(Seize the moment, keep goin’)

What can you do when you know who you wanna be is imperfect?

But I’ll still be okay

Hey, everybody clear the way, woo

I’m comin’ through with tabebuia (she’s comin’ through with that boo-yeah)

Making waves (making waves), changing minds (you’ve changed mine)

The way is clearer ’cause you’re here, and well

I owe this all to you

What else can I do?

(Show ’em what you can do)

What else can I do?

(There’s nothing you can’t do)

What else can I do?

Below we’ve highlighted some of the amazing music from Encanto. This music, while not overtly educational in nature, does serve a valuable purpose in many classrooms. English Language Learners (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) students are an important part of our schools. Many ELLs have a Spanish background, though it is important to not make that assumption.

This music can be culturally significant as it bridges the Spanish and English languages. Because the movie takes place in Columbia, we see many references to that culture as well as many Spanish words and phrases being incorporated into the music of this movie. This movie and its music support diversity and inclusion in the classroom for students with a Latino background.

I’d like to point out that some of your students may not be ELL, but may still connect to this movie from a cultural perspective. I had a tutor-student, whose parents are close friends. They were both first-generation immigrants as young children. They could speak Spanish fluently, as they grew up with it as their first language, however, they spoke only English at home. My student was not an ELL, in fact, she knew very little Spanish. Her grandparents’ and parents’ culture, however, was still very much her culture. I can’t imagine how happy it would have made her have this music and movie around when she was younger and the joy it would have brought her to see her teacher and classmates enjoy it as well.

Lastly, I believe this music and the movie have their place in Spanish class. It is a great way to learn about this culture while learning the language. It can also help motivate students to want to take Spanish in the future. I know if I heard this music playing in the Spanish class next door, I’d be signing up as soon as possible. But, as I said, I’m a big fan of this movie. Lyrics are posted below the videos.

Music video by Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz performing What Else Can I Do? (From "Encanto"). © 2021 Walt Disney Records


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