A Hip History

Updated: Sep 9

HELLO EVERYONE!

Or should I say “Yo!”…No I can’t do that! I cringe at myself whenever I pretend, I can rap or do stuff like that. First off, why am I talking about this? Well, for those who don’t know me, I’m a big fan of musicals (well the ones that are well-known anyway), and there’s one musical that’s taken over Broadway and the West End by storm, in the last few years, that although I hadn’t heard the songs or read its synopsis, I still really wanted to watch this one.


Let me give you a hint about it…


Spoiler Alert!

I will be quoting some of the lyrics, and some might have “curse” words so don’t be offended by it, because they do curse a little, throughout the show.


“HOW DOES A BASTARD, ORPHAN, SON OF A WHORE AND A SCOTSMAN…GROW UP TO BE A HERO AND A SCHOLAR”

Ok, this line probably says it all for some of you, so skip the next two clues! If not, here’s the next one...


“I AM NOT THROWING AWAY MY SHOT! HEY-YO I’M JUST LIKE MY COUNTRY, I’M YOUNG SCRAPPY AND HUNGRY, AND I AM NOT THROWING AWAY MY SHOT!”

Guessed it yet? No? Alright, here’s the last clue!


“AND WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, I WILL SEND A FULLY ARMED BATTALION TO REMIND YOU OF MY LOVE!”

Alright, I can’t be any more obvious than that right? No?


Guys, I’m talking about…


Hamilton!

That’s right, it’s that new musical…or should I say rap battle, that’s teaching the world a little bit about the American Revolution in the late 1700s and early 1800s. I cannot get enough of the songs and the raps, because honestly, I’ve never been as hyped up throughout a musical, than I have been, when watching Hamilton! I mean, Les Misérables does it pretty close, but its songs are more classically tuned, so I don’t get as excited as I would be when listening to the grungier rap by George Washington (yes! He does rap too!).

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In essence, the fact that it uses modern songs and raps, to tell a very long tale about America’s history, is actually very creative. I mean, when you think about musicals, you’d usually imagine those dramatic numbers, like On My Own or The Phantom Of The Opera. You’d imagine those belting notes and dramatic flares by the actors on stage, but Hamilton really flips your perception of musical theatre on its head. It really takes the mickey out of the overacting and adds an air of street cred to it all.


Alright, So, What Is It About?

Isn’t it obvious? It’s a retelling of the American Revolution, but it’s all based around the character of Alexander Hamilton. The first half is mostly about the revolutionary battles themselves, and Hamilton’s courtship of his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, while the second is about the setup of the new American government, and Hamilton’s death. I won’t say any more, because it really is something you should watch, especially if you’re interested in the story of the American Revolution, but don’t know where to start.

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Now, when you do see it, you might need to keep your wits about you, because some of the raps, especially the rap battle between Jefferson and Hamilton, are really fast, and you could easily miss little facts that they spit about. However, there are also a few poignant moments in the musical that can easily get you emotional, so have a few tissues, or a handkerchief at hand. Believe me, you’ll need it, especially during the second half.


So, You Like It Then?

Uh…yeah! It’s not just the songs and raps that get me hyped up, and excited. What I love about it is how it uses those songs to tell Hamilton’s story. They drop little hints here and there about the American Revolution that I had never heard of before, and after some research, I can’t get enough of it. For example, during one of the rap battles between Jefferson and Hamilton, they mention the whiskey tax during the early 1790s. It was so subtle, I missed it the first time, and I wouldn’t have found out about it, if my sister hadn’t done the research afterwards.

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Like I said, it’s very creative, especially when they include quotes from the great characters, in their raps, like in George Washington’s rap Right Hand Man, the Commanding General’s famous words, “Are these the men with which I am to defend America?” was executed perfectly, I can’t get enough of it. Not only that, you could easily pick them out if you listen closely.


What’s Your Favourite Song?

To be honest, my favourite part of the musical is the first half, as opposed to Les Misérables where my favourite part is the second half. I think the reason why is because it has the most energy out of the whole thing. I mean, the musical’s opening is strong, with a rap as the first thing you hear, where the entire cast has a line or two to explain Hamilton’s early life. Then you have Hamilton’s determination to fight in revolution in My Shot, which, if I’m being completely honest, could be used as an anthem for protests.

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So, I can’t actually quote which song I absolutely love, I mean, you have the Brit Invasion pop song by King George, which is ridiculously hilarious (I can’t stop laughing every time I hear it! It’s that good!). There’s also Angelica’s emotional rendition, Satisfied, which I can relate to (except my experience wasn’t with my sister but a friend). Then there’s Wait For It, from which I can use the lyrics as a motivational thing, like “Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes, and it takes, and it takes”. It’s a powerful thing to remember, and I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be my motto for a while.

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That’s why I can’t really say I have a favourite song. They’re all so good! Now because of our current environment, it’s difficult to get tickets to watching these shows live, but that’s ok. You don’t have to go to the theatre to watch it. You actually watch it on your TV or computer, because it’s available on Disney+! So, if you have a Disney+ subscription, you can watch it, over and over again! However, I would still recommend watching it live, because nothing beats watching a show live, and the experience elevates the emotions you’ll feel watching it.


What Do You Think?

Alright, I’ve said enough. It’s your turn. “It’s time to take a shot!” So, have you watched it? Do you want to watch it? What do you think about it? Did you do your research before watched it? What facts did you notice? Which parts were your favourites? Let me know!


Well, that’s it from me today. I’ll see you guys later, and if you need me, I’ll be watching Hamilton, so if you’d like you can join me! In the meantime, don’t forget to like, subscribe, follow and share for more updates and posts here on Feather’s Charm, and on my social media accounts!


With love,


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