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My Hamilton Obsession

I’ve finally joined the craze (a year too late).


Hello, people of the internet!

Right. Hamilton.

THE BEST PIECE OF ART IN ANY FORM THAT I’VE EVER SEEN.

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So before reaching this point in my obsession over the best Broadway musical so far, I went through a lot of different stages. Since I live in India, there was no way for me to watch the whole thing on stage – so I did the next best thing. I listened to the whole soundtrack (it’s on Spotify, and iTunes.)

Anyway, here’s the stages of my Hamilton obsession:

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1. “What the hell is this thing?”

I saw pictures of Hamilton all over the internet. There were GIFs, text posts, people fangirling over it in general. I didn’t get it. A hip-hop musical about American history? Why was it so popular? It sounds so lame. Broadway audiences must be idiots.

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 2. “Fine, maybe I’ll just Google it and see what the fuss is about…”

I mean, it can’t hurt to, right? I have nothing better to do anyways. So I googled it up, and found Lin Manuel Miranda’s performance of “Alexander Hamilton”. At first, it seemed a bit slow or whatever, but I watched it a couple times again and it was so catchy. Just thinking about it gets it stuck in my head. The lyrics, the passion it’s sung with, the actors’ costumes… it’s awesome. (You can watch the performance here, if you haven’t yet. Trust me, you won’t regret it.)

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3. “Okay, so that song was awesome. But there’s a whole soundtrack, right? Let me check out the other ones.”

Since Hamilton is a sung-through show, the cast recording was available as an album on iTunes and Spotify. (I listened to it on Soundcloud.) I suppose it was a bit underwhelming at first, because I couldn’t see the actors and didn’t really get the feel of what was going on – but I kept listening. I loved the way the lyrics were so minute and descriptive, and the hip-hop style of music was really catchy. Slowly, I realized that Hamilton’s story was unfolding on a huge scale.

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4. “THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN MISSING MY WHOLE LIFE.”

I listened to the cast recording like 10 times because it was just so… fantabulous. (Yes that is totally a word shut up.)
I laughed so much at all rapid-fire dialogue, the puns related to historic events, references to contemporary pop and hip-hop music. So much happened at once that it was hard to keep up with what was happening to each character. So, of course, I had to listen to it again. And again.
I loved all the funny, quick songs – like “My Shot”, or Eliza and Angelica’s (and Peggy!) calling for witty women in “The Schuyler Sisters”. The second half was full of sadness and angst and tragedy and it made me cry –  when Eliza sang “Burn”, expressing all the betrayal she felt, it broke my heart. And then in “It’s Quiet Uptown”… asdfghjkl the feels. No parent should have to go through a child’s death, and for Eliza it was so soon after a different heartbreak D:

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5. “I need more. HELP ME, INTERNET.”

I looked on every website I could find for Hamilton GIFs and pictures and clips – thank you, Tumblr and YouTube. Seeing all the costumes and the dances and actors helped me piece together a better version of Hamilton in my mind. The stark period costumes they wore in the play were completely contrasted to the hip-hop music.

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6. “What are Lafayette, Washington, Jefferson and Burr even up to?”

In India, we don’t really study much of American history. Like sure, we know the basics, but not the details. So after ages of trying to figure out what they were even doing, I had to turn to Wikipedia for the answers.
I learnt a lot about the Battle of Yorktown, the Federalist Papers, and lots of other 18th-century stuff. I stopped after that because it got a bit boring (lol).

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the old alexander hamilton (lol his hair sucks)

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7. “Okay but the lyrics.”

I pored over genius.com‘s in-depth analysis of all the lyrics, and memorized my favorite songs (Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, Wait For It), watched all of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s interviews (there’s this one with Emma Watson where they classify Hamilton characters into Hogwarts houses) and generally obsessed over it. (I don’t regret a minute of it, though.)

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Let's chat

Have you watched Hamilton? Have you heard the soundtrack? Do you love it as much as Eliza loves Alex?? Did it break your heart and put it together again, like Eliza and Alex??? Have you memorized any of the songs? Which are your favorites???? Tell me everything in the comments.

going offline, aris

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hi i'm aris just your everyday trashcan who fangirls over everything • fangirl • book blogger • reader • ravenclaw • indian • ambivert • i try to be cool but fail miserably

39 thoughts on “My Hamilton Obsession

  1. Lol funny story actually. My friends are OBSESSED. By obsessed I mean, singing it 24/7. So I liked Hamilton at first but then since I heard it so much, I kind of got annoyed of it ^-^ RIP my Hamilton obsession 😂😂😂😂😂

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  2. YES UM HELLO I AM HERE. I’ve only listened to the soundtrack beginning to end three times??? Because usually I just put it in shuffle and LISTEN TO EVERYTHIIIIIING. I would say more but gosh I love Hamilton so much and if I say more I will become more of a mush pile than before.

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    1. YES WE CAN BE HAMILTRASH TOGETHER. I had an excuse to listen to the soundtrack many times because I had to do research on Alexander Hamilton and what better way than through the musical?? It’s also the album I play before going bed lol. And yes, I love it so much I collapse just thinking of it ❤ it's so great to talk to someone who loves it too because my friends are all annoyed of me fangirling over it

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      1. Yeah it sucks when that happens. I only know you and Rayne in the blogosphere (because I joined the fandom vv recently) but I hope to know more! Also also have you seen the musical on stage or just heard the soundtrack like me??

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  3. All my friends were obsessed with it, and I didn’t get into until months later. But now I think this soundtrack is going to be the background music to my US History class next year. Awesome post!!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Everyone gets obsessed with Hamilton at one point or the other. Thank you!! 🙂
      I’m kind of new myself, ha ha. But I do have some tips: your blog should look well put-together and neat, otherwise people will be put off by the layout and not focus on the content. (unfair, I know. But apparently people do #judgeabookbyitscover. except with blogs.) So, aesthetics is a main point, and so is interacting with other people in the blogosphere. If you don’t go out and make yourself noticed, no one will know that you exist. That about wraps it up, though! One of my friends has several posts on her blog which you should check out, it has helpful tips and stuff. Links: ( https://foreverandeverly.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/how-to-get-attention-blog/ and https://foreverandeverly.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/guest-post-charlie-engrossed-in-a-good-book/ )
      I’d love to check out your blog! And I hope you have a great day as well 😀

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  4. Ahhhh this is late but !!!!!

    I actually started out disliking hamilton because I’m #edgy and I don’t like things that are popular/mainstream (or at least things that all my friends like 😉 )

    But then one of my friends started singing satisfied over and over again and then I got it stuck in my head and it all went downhill from there…..

    And because I’m a great friend™ I decided to pretend to hate it for a while because I am #edgy (also some of my friends are kind of obnoxious and I didn’t want that)

    And then everyone found out. The end.

    And besides that really emo story, I love the soundtrack !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite songs are probably non-stop, all of the cabinet battles, stay alive and the reynolds pamphlet.

    I know I probably missed this but who are your faves????? (mine is thomas jefferson because i’m problematic)

    I just love hamilton and the music and the characters and the actors so much !! (especially anthony ramos !!!!) and I just love it all so much and I’m glad you love it too !!

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    1. Your emo story is worthy enough for a novel.
      Yes the soundtrack!!!!!!! So!!!!! amazing!!!!!!!!!
      Yes yes yes yes I love those songs!!! I’d say my favorites were my shot, wait for it, non-stop, ten duel commandments, guns and ships (LAFAYETTE!!), and satisfied. dear god i’m helpless when it comes to picking one song.
      my favorite characters are probably angelica (because she’s #savage), lafayette (because he’s this crazy awesome frenchman who raps rly fast) and laurens (because he’s pure and adorable and also freckles)
      Yesss hamilton is life!! anthony ramos and daveed diggs are the best omgg and i’m so glad i found someone else who loves it!!! now i know three people who are hamiltrash!!!

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      1. I’m very emo and have a very dramatic life.
        AHHH these are all such nice songs :’)
        I love Angelica and I can’t believe I forgot Laurens 😥 literally the purest and I cry :’)
        yay !!!!!!!!!!!! and being hamiltrash is the best tbh and i really need to scream about hamilton more 10/10 would recommend

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  5. While I don’t live as far away as you, as an L.A. native, I was unable to see the show for over a year and a half. I anxiously had to ‘wait for it’ to come to California on tour. Being the impatient person I am, I flew to San Francisco to watch the show this June instead. It was so surreal to see the show in person after listening to the cast recording who knows how many times. I wrote about my experience in my recent post!

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    1. Funny that you flew up here to see it in San Francisco. I tried the lottery a couple of times to get in when tickets first went on sale but was unsuccessful and then all the tickets sold out and I don’t feel like paying the crazy prices they were going for. Now its run has ended here and I am flying to Chicago in October to see it.

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  6. I have not yet seen the musical but have listened to the soundtrack on Amazon Prime. I recently started reading the book Hamilton by Chernow after watching a PBS documentary about the origins of the musical. Not sure if you can access it from India but I had no interest in seeing the musical until I watched this show http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/hamiltonfullfilm/5801/. Thank you for including Miranda’s performance of Alexander Hamilton because it put the 175 pages I have read so far into a nice little nutshell. I hope you get to see the lie show soon!

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    1. Yeah, the soundtrack in itself is amazing! And Ron Chernow’s novel was really interesting to read. I actually found the PBS documentary online; I think it’s called “Hamilton’s America”? Thanks anyways! And yeah, LMM is an amazing actor 😀 Hopefully, you’ll be able to see it too!

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  7. I have actually only just started my blog, and one of my topics is Musicals like Hamilton, alongside some other stuff.
    My favourite Hamilton characters are…
    Hamilton- because I am extremely stubborn just like him,
    Laurens- because he is just amazing and adorable,
    Lafayette- because who doesn’t love a flamboyant flirt,
    Jefferson- because of the accent and just the general troublemaker vibes,
    Phillip- because of how loyal he *was* to his dad 😦
    AND PEGGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (Yeah I’m more into the male characters)

    I managed to convert my best friend into a Hamilfan, and even created a PowerPoint about it to show in my history class, but that didn’t work. Anyway I’m glad to know me and my friend aren’t the only fans in the world. Thanks for the amazing post x

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    1. Wow, that sounds fun! I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂

      Oh yeah haha, Laurens and Lafayette are definitely my favourite characters, too 😀 AND PEGGY IS AMAAAZING!!!

      Wow, congratulations! None of my friends irl like Hamilton xD And no problem 🙂

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  8. I have memorised the whole musical 😂… Seriously, if I was dying, I would only heal if someone played Hamilton on repeat.

    My favourite characters are Hamilton, Laurens, Lafayette, Jefferson, Phillip, AND PEGGY!
    (Yeah I’m more into the male characters)
    I’m so glad some other people like Hamilton… I’m not the only one. It has changed my life.

    Two other American musicals I would recommend are ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Be More Chill’
    Also, I will be talking about musicals and my other interests on my own blog, which is new, so yeah. Thanks for making great posts x

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    1. YES SO RELATABLE xD

      Yeah, the main reason I wrote this post was so I could fangirl with some more Hamilfans in the comments (since I know literally no one who likes Hamilton irl) 😀

      Yeah, I love those!! I have a post in which I’m fangirling about all of them xD And that sounds really fun!!
      Thanks for reading the posts x 🙂

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