We read plays as literature. What about reading musicals as literature?
For this assignment, listen to & read the soundtrack to Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, An American Musical, as posted below. See the two links below: “Read lyrics here” and “Listen to songs here”.
AS YOU READ: What do you notice? What stands out to you? What you like or dislike? What do you agree with or disagree with? What questions do you have? Please take notes on what you notice (by the time you have listened to all the songs, about 1/2 to a full page of notes would be useful. You do not need to take notes on every song).
Read lyrics here: http://www.themusicallyrics.com/h/351-hamilton-the-musical.html
Listen to songs here: https://archive.org/details/HamiltonMusical/1-01+Alexander+Hamilton.m4a **
** Please see the following links for the following songs, as you get to them in the order you are listening:
(2) Aaron Burr, Sir (link to clean edit)
(9) A Winter’s Ball– skip this song.
(19) Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) (or skip from 2:06-2:1.)
(26) Say No To This (link to Wikipedia page)
(30) Washington On Your Side (or, skip 2:12- 2:16)
(If you have access, below is another GREAT option) Click on the link– which will take you to genius.com where you can play the song at the top of the page while you read the lyrics and explore the annotations.
3. My Shot
9. A Winter’s Ball
13. Wait For It
14. Stay Alive
16. Meet Me Inside
18. Guns and Ships
20. What Comes Next
21. Dear Theodosia
22. Non Stop
23. What’d I Miss
25. Take A Break
26. Say No To This
31. One Last Time
32. I Know Him
34. We Know
38. Blow Us All Away