I was having a hard time trying to decide which song to post, since I’ve been listening to a lot of new songs recently. But two days ago, I decided to download the Hamilton soundtrack and listen to it on my commute. I’d seen enough posts on tumblr, references in social media, and finally that Grammy win, I’d couldn’t resist anymore.
I fell in love almost immediately.
It’s American history, it’s a wide variety of broadway/hip hop/RnB music, and it’s brilliant. One of the nice things about musicals is that their soundtracks basically tell the entire story. I’ve never been fond of American history (I’m Canadian, for starters) but this is a story to listen to.
In many ways, this method of storytelling reminds me of Starkid. For some reason, as soon as I heard George Washington and King George III, I thought of Dylan Saunders and Joe Walker respectively. I think it’s because of the modern and relatable approach to a formal story. I mean, rap battles representing debates in the senate?
And a pseudo-love letter from King George III to America upon the Declaration of Independence? (With the voice of Jonathan Groff? Yes, please.)
See, Disney? This is how you use his voice. And speaking of Disney, this villain song for Aaron Burr is so Disney-worthy:
I remember watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s performance at the White House several years ago. Somehow, I ended up watching it after watching slam poetry. I thought it was clever, but never expected it to become this whirlwind success of a musical.
It was so hard to not embed every single song in this post. I highly recommend listening to the full album if, like me, you are not fortunate enough to watch the live show. (You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify or this playlist on Youtube.) It’s an experience to just listen to, I can barely imagine how awesome the full show is.
Have you seen/listened to Hamilton? Let me know in comments!