July 26, 2020
I think this is what's next for me after deep diving into Greek Mythology these past months 🤓.
In the last 3 weeks, I've rewatched the Hamilton film 3 times. #noragrets
Last year, after mama died, my little sister always had our cousins here for a sleepover so that she won't be lonely. They played the song Satisfied (a song from the musical) on repeat for days and eventually had me singing along to this very hard and fast song.
During those times all of us were already a bit curious about Alexander Hamilton and wanted more than just this song but we couldn't find any material.
When it was announced that the Hamilton Musical will be released in Disney+, I got very excited only to find out that it's not available here in the Philippines 🙄. I eventually still found a way to watch it (thanks, AJ ✨) and now my life has changed.
The first time I watched it, I liked it. I thought it was a normal film (where I cry of course) where I get over it immediately after watching and wow was I wrong 👻. The next day I tried to play the album in Spotify while at work and slowly fell in love with some of the songs that I now have more questions:
One of the first things I did as well, which I think is the same with the other new fans of the musical (as confirmed by my bestie), was check the accuracy. Findings:
I would've given up everything right now to be one of the backup dancer/cast of the show. It's one of my alternate life choices 💃🏼. I just wish there'd be a version of the film where the camera was in front to see the dances better.
And when I finally saw Satisfied, it did not disappoint! The way I could never sing it because it's too fast but in the play Angelica seemed to have no problem with it 🙄. It did not shock me when I read that Renee Elise Goldsberry received awards for this play 👏🏼.
When I found out that the same actor, Anthony Ramos, who played John Laurens also played Philip Hamilton, and then saw in the comments that he wasn't the only one who played 2 roles, that's when I knew I had to rewatch it. The rewatch was so much fun because now I know the songs 👌🏼.
I now get to deep dive into Twitter, Youtube and Instagram with Hamilton musical content. Apparently, this has been a thing for a while now and so content is readily available for consumption 🥰.
Like I said we were a bit desperate to find out Hamilton's story and when we didn't find anything when we went through the history books in Big Bad Wolf book sale, I decided to check Amazon and found My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. Basically it is a novel with Eliza's point of view/story.
Reading it now, of course after watching the musical, what I noticed (and loved) was how the words chosen for the novel were the same words in the musical (and how they both included a bit of greek mythology in it 🕊). Both the musical and the novel had been heavily based from the actual sources and it captures the story perfectly. This book had me sleeping way past my bed time at a time like this when I struggle with reading for long periods of time.
The book depicted how problematic those times were, which I think wasn't shown as much in the (already 2 hour long) musical.
How bad was it?
Other than that, there's more content in it! Here's more of the Schuylers/Hamiltons:
The musical did its job with sparking an interest in me to figure out more and despite the fact that the founding fathers are problematic, there was no way I would've known more about it if I didn't watch this musical. And to think I'm not even an American.
Who would've thought history was this fun? And here I am about to rewatch the musical again 😇.