It took until my 20s to fulfill my big dream to see a moose. I thought it would quench the thirst, but it only burns stronger every year. Maybe I’ll have to go to Finland and adopt one as a pet one day. Under the northern lights and next to a blue whale. If blue whales even go to Finland? Perhaps an albino moose under the northern lights with a whale breaching nearby.
Actually, it started with a Regina Spektor concert. We went to one last November – just Cassidy and me – and we didn’t have the most connected night ever (or even in the running), but Regina was just exquisite. As a quick aside, my ex went to high school with her and took me to see her at The Knitting Factory and she was so gracious and humble when she met me and I’m still smiling about it, over a decade later. Anywho, after the concert, Regina was fresh in my mind so I’d ask our Alexa to “Shuffle songs by Regina Spektor (please).” What’s funny is that I’m writing this draft aloud on voice command while it’s fresh in my mind and Alexa heard me dictate this and started playing Regina Spektor, and yes, it’s THAT SONG. Listen:
When I first heard the song, I could hear a male voice in the chorus that I recognized as Ben Folds – another favorite of mine. I did a quick Google search and found out the name of the song, but had no idea what it was. I just loved it.
It kept coming on shuffle, not always first or second, but always in the mix. Finally I had to figure out what it was – I hadn’t even realized it was a cover from Hamilton! Also, Hamilton Mixtape as a whole is somewhat astonishing to me. I started playing the song for Scarlet more often, because she had been there when I had first heard it. We got obsessed at the same time. What a beautiful song, and what does it mean? And what else could be embedded in such a captivating soundtrack?
We had Alexa play the soundtrack on shuffle and made Pandora stations to listen to in the car. Eventually, on a long drive to New Jersey, Cassidy put the whole thing on in order. We had the sickness so badly. When we heard Hamilton was coming to Hartford and Boston, we sucked in our breaths. It seemed like a distant dream. Yet after years of winning or scoring Phish tickets like a pro, Cassidy got four tickets. His dad got one for the same day, but that ticket was passed around to Cassidy’s brother and eventually to Cassidy’s mom. It wasn’t just the excitement, but it was nerves too. Could I pull this off?
It wasn’t just that it was such an emotion-producing event, but it would be a full theater without a lot of legroom. And it’s a three hour show. Would I get that trapped feeling? Would I be fighting rising panic? Or more likely – would I numb down some of my feelings about this event just to cope with it? I’ll say that none of those three things happened, beyond minimally. Scarlet dressed in her Peggy Schuyler Halloween costume and I imagine she felt like Cassidy does on Halloween. Everywhere, people smiled at her, told her she was awesome, told her she had made their day, or thought she was IN the musical!
Then, the show started. And I’m not going to lie. I can be a bit of a clock watcher – even during amazing things – just because of anxiety. I’m not going to lie again when I tell you that this play is a magical musical masterpiece. It’s beyond words and beyond the hype. It doesn’t just meet the hype, but it beats it, rock paper scissors, no holds barred, strike three and you’re out. You won’t be the same after this. There are so many themes that will hurt your heart and brain – about love and legacy, family and sadness and work/life balance, freedom and patriotism, happiness and sadness, and hope and regret.
Janine Huldie says
Still so excited for you that you got to experience the amazing experience of Hamilton in technicolor. And loved seeing the recap here and all your pics. Oh and Scarlet looked amazing – seriously she is dressed so perfectly for the occasion! <3
How fun to get to go, and then for Scarlet to dress up is just the frosting on the cake. I bet everyone there loved seeing her. I still haven’t seen it… maybe some day. Everyone seems to love it. Merry, merry Christmas to you all:)
Sporadically Yours says
What an exciting post! I loved the song and now I’m going to add her and the Hamilton stuff to Spotify so I can at least know part of the awesomeness.. I know Scarlet had to have felt giddy in her perfect outfit. You all look adorable!
lisa thomson-author and divorce resource says
How amazing! I’ve heard this is an incredible production. We probably won’t get it up here in Canada for a few years (seems we’re a little behind when it comes to Broadway musicals). Scarlet looks amazing in that dress and I take it a clone of the female lead? how beautiful you all are. Nice share today, Tamara. wishing you a relaxing Christmas and lots of joy over the holidays.
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Kristi Campbell says
I love that you all got to go – what an amazing treat! And Scarlet looks incredible. Her dress and smile are breathtaking! I’m glad you said it totally beat the hype – I always wonder about these things when EVERYBODY says how awesome something is, it almost feels impossible for the thing to be that awesome, you know?
Alison Hector says
Tamara, I’m happy you guys got to see Hamilton, but I’m low-key jealous (just a bit). I love the original soundtrack, have the companion books, and adore all things Hamilton. Scarlet is a lucky girl to be fulfilling her bucket list in such an epic way!
Chris Carter (@themomcafe) says
This is SO FREAKING AWESOME!! Oh, Tamara- what a NIGHT and what a life MOMENT for not only you, but your entire family. And that Scarlet. She is such a gem. I am SO happy that not only did you manage all the (overwhelming) challenges in going, but you absolutely drenched yourself in the experience. What a gift, indeed.
So, I listened to that song and I was CAPTIVATED. It shook my heart. And here’s a confession: I know so very little about Hamilton, of course I know ALL the hype and I would give my left ankle to go see it (That’s the broken one that never healed completely anyway. lol) because it LOOKS amazing, and I LOVE the theater, music, history, ETC. But sadly, I don’t know many of the songs from Hamilton, despite all the hype about it. SHAME ON ME.
I must go talk to Alexa right this MINUTE.