I saw Hamilton (created by Lin-Manuel Miranda) on Broadway this weekend and wow. Just…wow. I have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop, and I am listening to it right now as I write this post. I went with my husband because as a US History buff, he was dying to see it. I wasn’t excited to see it because I didn’t think I would enjoy it.
I was wrong. So wrong.
Seeing Hamilton was inspiring, not only because it opened up my eyes to some of the history of my country, but it’s something that people can relate to. The lyrics are pure genius, the message is loud and clear, and the characters are real, raw, and relatable. It’s a story of a young man who came from nothing, went against the odds, suffered hardships, and succeeded in what he was striving for – leaving a legacy. He is remembered because of his determination and drive to reach the top. Now, of course, I am aware that this may not be true of the real Alexander Hamilton. I am simply referring to the Alexander Hamilton portrayed in the play.
I’ve never seen a show that has stuck with me in the way that this one has. Every time I listen to the songs, it’s like I’m hearing them for the first time and I’m still in awe. The song that sticks with me is “Nonstop”, which is what inspired the title of this post. It talks about Hamilton creating the Federalist Papers and working nonstop on this project. Everyone is asking him “why do you write like you’re running out of time?” and “why do you write like it’s going out of style?”. I suppose this song has stuck with me because it captures the essence of a writer, of someone who is so determined to get their words out, of someone who is going to stop at nothing to let their voice be heard. It captures passion, determination, and bravery.
This musical inspired me and confirmed that I should be writing and I should be creating new content for this blog. As portrayed in the play, Alexander Hamilton is impulsive, like me (hence my name…Jolt of Impulse). He is determined, passionate, even sometimes erratic, and needs to get things done. I see myself so much in this character. Now, I’m not leading a revolution (yet…) or writing a new plan for the government but I’m determined to achieve my goals, I’m passionate about the things most important to me, and when I think of doing something, I need to get it done right then and there. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m also erratic at times, because I can be unpredictable. But hey, aren’t the best kind of people like that? Keeps things interesting, am I right?
With all those things, I think the biggest similarity is that both of us are not (well, were not for him) hesitant to speak our mind, no matter the consequence. Just as it got Hamilton in trouble, it gets me in trouble sometimes too. But does that stop me? Nope. I speak without thinking sometimes and I know it’s probably my biggest flaw. But it’s only because I’m honest to a fault. Honesty is one of the most important qualities a person can have, to me at least. This moral is what leads to me speaking my mind without fear of consequence. It also led to Hamilton’s demise. Like Hamilton, my boundless ambition can sometimes take me to places that I’m not ready to go yet.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics are nothing short of inspiring and entertaining. He is like the modern day Shakespeare. He kills the rap game with these lyrics, in my opinion. It’s so interesting to learn about our country’s history by listening to these songs. I learned more during this 2 hour and 50 minute play than I did in my high school history classes. The way each character is written makes them come to life and makes you want to learn more about them. I cried when Alexander’s wife, Eliza, was hurting. I cried when Alexander was hurting. The actors brought these characters to life with their displays of raw emotion. People in the audience were able to see themselves in these characters.
Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s creation, I’m starting 2019 inspired and determined, with a drive to succeed and achieve my goals.
“I am not gonna waste my shot.”
-Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton: An American Musical