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Hamilton is a favorite in our house. (Musicals, in general, rank way up there in our listening pleasure.) In the past year my seven year old has learned lots of things, all thanks to Hamilton.
"If George Washington goes from being a General to the President, do all Generals become President?"
"What's a senator?"
It was especially interesting to be having these conversations as America was in the middle of an election cycle. Since we aren't there most of the time we weren't immersed in the campaigning. All of our family political conversations were a result of Hamilton.
"Now that he is President, when will he become King?"
Now that we understood the roles we had to talk about why the war that is an overarching theme in Act One happened historically.
Words can express attitude, nuance, and double meanings.
This lead, naturally, into understanding why the King George songs are written as love songs and why they are so funny. The conversations continued, in age appropriate ways, to point out the brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's writing.
Love of hip-hop as a music genre.
To say, "my daughter has spunk" is an understatement. She also loves the stage and is happy to ham-it-up (pun intended), especially for an audience.
Having this new genre of music to dance and lip-sync to has added all kinds of umph to that already present attitude.
What does a fish say when it runs into a wall?
I used that joke to explain the different meanings of a word that has a prominent place in the opening number of the show. We then had many conversations about what is and isn't appropriate to be said/sang/repeated-for-any-reason at school, etc.
Censorship had to be discussed next - Why would we even allow her to listen to this stuff?!
The power of song.
Every. single. time. Hamilton dies - both of them.
I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase. It changed the meaning. Did you intend this?
As the shift of possibilities is explained in the lyrics of "Take A Break" she became more aware of punctuation choices authors made in what she was reading, and then in her own writing.
The passing of time.
"What's Burr doing now?"
To quote the show, completely out of context; "He's super dead!"
She perused the humongous atlas until she found the Carribean. She looked at the ocean and distance A.Ham would have traveled as he was "headed for a new land". New York City is now on top of her travel destinations as it is, "The greatest city in the world!" (We shall see what she thinks after we spend Spring Break there in 2018.)
Number, ten paces, ready...