I haven’t talked about this here yet. I think it’s because I wasn’t ready to. I was trying to figure out my relationship and feelings about the hit musical Hamilton.
I’ve only been listening to the music for a few months now, but things changed drastically when I decided to write about it for one of my classes. Somehow that decision gave me permission to fully immerse myself in everything I could find. Since then, the paper has gone from an academic analysis of the musical to an autoethnography about “my descent into Hamilton fandom” as I like to put it. Basically, I’m going to be writing about becoming a fan, with academic analysis thrown in.
On Tuesday, the #Hamiltome arrived. It’s actually titled Hamilton: The Revolution. It is a beautiful book. I will definitely be writing a post about it when I’m done reading it. The fact that I’m actually going through and reading it, page by page, is surprising me right now. I thought I’d be too excited and jumping all over the place. But I am enjoying it immensely!
I still feel like I need to get the academic paper written before I go full fangirl on here. Maybe it’s partly because I feel like this is more of an academic interest than fangirl. Don’t get me wrong, I listen to it all the time for enjoyment. But the thing that allowed me to fully immerse myself in it and why I am so in love with this work and the people who bring it to life is deciding to look at it as an academic, as a popular culture scholar. It’s weird. I’ve never felt like this about anything. It’s kinda cool. Like I’ve gone through some rite of passage or something. Like I’m one step closer to being a “real scholar”, as if there’s a point where you become one.
Sorry, that got rambly. But it’s how I feel, so there it is. Stay tuned for more Hamilton love!