Why I Love Hamilton (and would I recommend it?)

So, I mentioned this Broadway musical called Hamilton last week…was it only last week? It’s only be a few weeks since I first started listening to it, but already it seems forever. Anyway, I absolutely love this musical. The characters. The emotion. The music…

Overview:

Hamilton is a rap/hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. I know, how on earth does rap/hip-hop go with the story of a founding father? My mother looked at me really weird when I told her that. Then she stay up until 2:00 a.m., listening to the whole thing in one sitting once my sister and I got her started on it.

Not that I normally listen to this kind of music anyway. But really, this musical is a mix of about every kind of music I can think of: instrumental, electronic, rap…which I never thought I cared for, but it’s not rock music and it’s not weird and whispery. It’s more like a chant with rhythm than anything else.

However, I will say that Hamilton is not for everyone. I would consider it a PG-13 type of musical. There’s some crudeness and inferences, and there is some language…though if one listens to the ‘clean version’ (I know, that makes sound as if the original is awful) most of it is cut out.

Pros:

1. The music. The songs are very catchy and I enjoy them.

2. The characters and emotion and theme and story. The way the story is told… The way the characters are shown as flawed and yet the songs make you care for them… The way the themes run through the whole musical, from Hamilton’s non-stop action to Burr’s ‘wait for it’.

3. You learn quite a bit of history. For example, I now know that John Jay wrote 5 of the Federalist Papers, James Madison wrote 29, and Alexander Hamilton wrote the other 51!

4. Hamilton was a writer, so writing is mentioned in some of the songs, ‘how do you write like you’re running out of time…’ Love those parts!

Cons:

1. Some insinuation and crudeness

2. Some language

3. The lyrics will run through your head all night

Recommendation

I’m not excusing (or apologizing) for the cons of this musical. I don’t like them, but it’s like watching some movies. Each family has their own standard of how much they will allow in a movie or music or book for it to be acceptable. I will leave it to you to decide if you want plunge into this musical or not. For myself, I would recommend it if your standards accept it. Again, that sounds horrible, as if only someone with loose standards would listen to it. That is not what I’m saying…this isn’t coming out right. Do you get what I’m saying?

Pictures because I can and love them

These photos are all from Pinterest

Well, what about you? Have you listened to Hamilton? If you have, what do you think? If you haven’t, do you think this is something you will listen to?

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5 Comments

  1. I understand how you feel. Personally I think Hamilton is amazing. It is truly a masterpiece of a musical. However, I feel terrible about recommending it to most people I know because swear words! Infidelity! ( though I believe the second’s dealt with well) But at the same time it’s HISTORY. Which if you don’t learn from, you’re bound to repeat. And I’ve learned way more history that’ll stick from Hamilton than I ever did in school. (Look it up, Hamilton was wearing his glasses!) It’s a beautiful story, and for me, it’s worth dodging a few swear words that, honestly, I hear in the workplace every day.

    • I agree. Even though there is infidelity, it’s not promoted, and it’s not praised or even treated as ‘who care’s’ like so many movies today. It deal with the consequences and the results.

  2. I have been having some trouble with Hamilton due to the hip-hap/rap nature. I never listened to the score and others have been telling me to see it because I am a massive musical fan. But I don’t like that type of musical: hip-hop/rap and I understand why so many people love it.

    Glad that you say that Hamilton is not for everyone

    • I’ve discovered, to my surprise, that I actually like some rap. I wasn’t sure when I heard about it, because I’d never listened to that style before, but I found I quite enjoyed it. But yes, it’s not for everyone.

      Frankly, there’s not much, in either books, movies, or music, that is perfect for everyone because everyone has different personalities and likes and values slightly different things. And *lowers voice and looks around* that is perfectly fine. There is no reason everyone has to like the same thing. That would get boring very quickly. 😉

      • I have listened to rap and hip-hop before and it doesn’t sound like music to my ears. I associate hip-hop and rap with gangster and violence.

        I don’t feel like hip-hop and rap belong in musical theatre. I care about the songs in musicals the most because they make me decide whether or not I love a musical. The songs

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