We’ve been running this blog for over 5 years. We take time to write every week, often every day. Some days digging deep to come up with something. The production of Hamilton put the act of writing in a new perspective.
How do you write like you're running out of time? Write day and night like you're running out of time? Everyday you fight like you're running out of time Like you're running out of time Are you running out of time? How do you write like tomorrow won't arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write every second you're alive? Every second you're alive? Every second you're alive?
I have to think if Hamilton were alive today, he’d teach the ultimate workshop on how to avoid writer’s block and make writing a priority.
I find these lyrics inspiring. Realistically, we all know we’re running out of time. We don’t know if tomorrow will arrive. But do we write like that?
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
A couple weeks ago I teased our readers with my upcoming review of Hamilton. And since then we’ve watched it again and again. Can’t get it out of my head. I have to admit that part of the reason we are inside watching Hamilton for the millionth time is that I’m a bit laid up with a swollen ankle.
On the bike+flip flops+Hali taking a fall off the boardwalk = rolled ankle. Of course, she’s fine, bounced up like nothin’ happened. But me, I tweaked my ankle.
Thanks to Carli, she brought Disney+ in to our living room. She was excited to share Hamilton, a production she was able to see live in Dallas.
I texted Carli after seeing it for the first time:
As a life-long student of history, I didn’t think I’d like Hamilton. It was probably best thing I’ve ever seen. Up there with the 1981 Super Bowl. Very relevant today. Thank you.
The Ten Duel Commandments
Watching the theater production of Hamilton from the comfort of your sofa… well, there are One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine…
It’s the Ten Benefits of Comfort
Number one~It’s inexpensive.
Number two~It features the original cast.
Number three~No need to pretty yourself up.
Number four~Stage perspective from many camera angles.
Five~Times we’ve watched it!
Number six~Sound, just the two of us; no hushing, no shushing, or shuffling.
Seven~Theater concessions is your kitchen.
Number eight~Seamless production between acts.
Number nine~ Watch it when you want, as often as you want.
Number ten~ It’s revolutionary!
Boy, have we gotten our money’s worth out of Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury appointed by the Father of Our Country. A Founding Father who built relationships to Rise Up! through the ranks. Some productive, some scandalous.
The entire production doesn’t miss a step, from start to finish: choreography, music, lyrics, historical context. Each of the cast members has total devotion to character with fierce passion. Alexander Hamilton is the young, energetic, wise beyond-his-years prolific writer. Oftentimes with a dueling personality critical of his nemesis. The passion of Burr exudes with letter of Dear Theodosia crescendoing into Wait For It. Brings tears to my eyes every time. Yeah, I’m a bit partial to Aaron Burr, the Washington outsider, the long-shot. The guy who wanted to be in the room where it happens.
Talk Less, Smile More
We’ve seen Michaelangelo’s grand fresco at St. Peter’s Basilica, the literary prized Book of Kell’s at Trinity College in Dublin, and Vigaland’s monolithic granite carvings in Oslo. Now, the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical version of Hamilton, is a musical masterpiece which will be around for generations. And like I told Carli, very relevant today.