If you didn’t watch the Grammy’s last night and if you aren’t a fan of musical theater or you don’t hang around kids who are enthralled with it, you may not know about the hottest musical sweeping the nation…
Hands down the most moving musical selection I have ever heard.
I cry to it’s refrains on a weekly basis.
Even as a child I loved this nation from the core of my being.
I bleed red, white, and blue.
And Lin Manuel Miranda, the musical genius behind the entire lyrical, musical, and dramatic mastery managed to put into words what my heart cries out over every night.
Hamilton, the musical, lays out the story of the incredible odds Alexander Hamilton faced, the Revolution and the War for Independence, the struggle to frame a government and lead a newly birthed nation….all the while looking their progeny in the face hoping to leave their loved ones with every hope and opportunity they had been denied for generations. In telling these insurmountable, unbelievable, overwhelming stories, Lin reminds us of the stuff WE ARE MADE OF. He reminds us of the cost of our freedom. He tells the narrative in rap music, where people of all colors play the parts of our nation’s figureheads. He lays it all out there making these heroes into real men of flesh and blood. Making mistakes, grave errors even, stumbling into sin and at times reeling completely out of control. And that brings me such peace.
Because you see, the only hope for our nation, the only kind of people God ever chooses to use to change world history, are broken, flawed, sinful hurting people like you and me.
Because truthfully, broken, flawed and sinful people are the only kind He has to choose from.
I will tell you honestly there are several songs in the musical that I would not suggest you allow your young ones to listen to. Yes, there are a few songs with bad words. But overall the score is the most moving, motivational, patriotic, make-you-damn-proud-to-be-an-American set of songs I have ever heard. I’m already building a future Believe With Me project around the Broadway hit.
So buy the music on itunes. Listen to it on a run. Pick some songs and challenge your older kids to see how fast they can learn them and repeat back obscure historical facts. Kemper swears she only passed her American History CLEP exam because of Hamilton! And be richly rewarded with a fresh understanding of what our nation’s founding fathers endured and how they overcame so much so that generations down the line, you and I could live in such freedom.
And when you listen to Dear Theodosia, have your tissues ready. Yes, it’s THAT beautiful.