something worth writing about: hamilton

18 May

dear everyone,

HI! i have been sharing my newest obsession/love with everyone i come into contact with. even my soldiers/boss; which is a hard sell since the military isn’t the biggest consumer of broadway musicals around. but i try. and i try because i do think they will love this one, i think everyone will love this one.

that being: HAMILTON.

i’d heard about this groundbreaking musical on NPR months and months ago, then again when the cast went to the white house, and then on one of my friend’s instagram’s photos, and then on the news for how many tony’s it/it’s book/original score/actors/actresses/set/costumes it was nominated for (16!!!). at this point i wasn’t sure why i hadn’t listened to it yet. maybe i was too dedicated to the news cycle on NPR to switch my nearly hour and a half commute every day to this incredible musical. well, one day i decided i was too frustrated with the news to listen anymore. i searched hamilton on spotify, and the whole show was there. and since that day i haven’t listened to anything else. honestly. it’s been about two weeks now, and i’m not sure when i’m going to stop.

hamilton is a very aptly named musical. it is about alexander hamilton and his impact on our great country and his unlikely tale. unfortunatley, before i heard this musical i wasn’t a big proponent of this founding father. due to my history classes, the only thing i remembered about him was that he died in a duel. which i thought was reckless and careless. but little did i know what an influential man alexander hamilton was on our country (or even why he was in that duel). and now i’m in love with him.

a man named lin-manuel miranda created this beautiful world, wrote the musical and music after reading a biography of hamilton one day. of course he stars as hamilton in his own musical (um, swag). and what makes this musical so unique is that it turns the pre-concieved notion of a musical on it’s head. i think most people’s mental model of a musical is something like the phantom of the opera (which i also love), but for some people that isn’t an accessible type of music for the masses. it’s kind of stuffy. BUT HAMILTON, on the contrary, is a musical for america as it is now. it relies on hip hop and R&B, and of course has some of the more traditional chorus styles and beautiful harmonies you’d more expect from a musical. i read somewhere that miranda wanted to show the revolution and rebellion that were inherent in the birth of our nation in today’s terms. that, to him, meant the energy of hip hop and a very racially diverse cast – to mirror our nation today. it is a work of art.

my husband and i now speak in hamilton quotes to one and other and have dropped way too much money on already sold-out shows (thanks stub hub) to see the musical in nyc in january. yes, it was a lot of money, and in a long time, but everyone is trying to see it, and we have to see it, because we know seeing it live will be one of the best experiences of our lives. but thankfully, the music is very accessible (and free) either on youtube or spotify or whatever your music streaming service of choice is.

bottom line: go listen to hamilton. it will probably change your life, and make you want to live your life with more purpose and action. i know i do :)

“i’m not throwing away my shot!”

xoxo,
annie

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2 Responses to “something worth writing about: hamilton”

  1. Kimberly Cale May 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    We all just need more time! I love you! <3

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