Lessons for my son from the Musical: Hamilton

About two months ago, my wife and I and her best friend took my son to Chicago and I met them for the Musical Hamilton.   Contrary to the controversial politics and inappropriate treatment of the Vice President (VP Mike Pence) who also came to visit this production, I enjoyed the story of Alexander Hamilton and the talented cast that performed it.  Speaking of which, to all actors and entertainers, when I pay for a venue of which is a tendered contract between your boss and me, the consumer, I am paying you for the right to be entertained.  I am not asking for nor am I paying for your political view nor am I asking for your opinion on political matters. If that were the case, then you would be running for elected office and if I believed in you, as a candidate, then I would use my God-given right to vote for you in hopes that you would be elected to represent WE THE PEOPLE.

Sorry, as I digress.

Anyway, back to the musical Hamilton.  I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and story line along the way.  It was fun to discuss with my son during intermission and afterwards about how accurate and what was missing from the story of Alexander Hamilton.  There was a part of his life that gave an excellent teaching moment between my son and I and the choices that we make so early in life could actually cost us everything that we want later.  It was great to be able to talk about values that we share on Legacydads.  

There is so much more that I could share in regards to that conversation between my son and I, but I suppose that I will wait for another post or perhaps a podcast with Lance.

Near to the end of the performance and loss of their son, Phillip Hamilton, they sing a song called, It's Quite Uptown:

It's Quiet Uptown [ANGELICA] There are moments that the words don’t reach There is suffering too terrible to name You hold your child as tight as you can And push away the unimaginable The moments when you’re in so deep It feels easier to just swim down

[ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE] The Hamiltons move uptown And learn to live with the unimaginable

[HAMILTON] I spend hours in the garden I walk alone to the store And it’s quiet uptown I never liked the quiet before I take the children to church on Sunday A sign of the cross at the door And I pray That never used to happen before

[ANGELICA AND WOMEN] If you see him in the street, walking by Himself, talking to himself, have pity

[HAMILTON] Philip, you would like it uptown It’s quiet uptown

[ANGELICA AND WOMEN] He is working through the unimaginable

[ALL MEN (EXCEPT HAMILTON)] His hair has gone grey. He passes every day They say he walks the length of the city

[HAMILTON] You knock me out, I fall apart

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)] Can you imagine?

[HAMILTON] Look at where we are Look at where we started I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza But hear me out. That would be enough

If I could spare his life If I could trade his life for mine He’d be standing here right now And you would smile, and that would be enough I don’t pretend to know The challenges we’re facing I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost And you need time But I’m not afraid I know who I married Just let me stay here by your side That would be enough

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)] If you see him in the street, walking by her Side, talking by her side, have pity

[HAMILTON] Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)] He is trying to do the unimaginable See them walking in the park, long after dark Taking in the sights of the city

[HAMILTON] Look around, look around, Eliza

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)] They are trying to do the unimaginable

[ANGELICA] There are moments that the words don’t reach There is a grace too powerful to name We push away what we can never understand We push away the unimaginable They are standing in the garden Alexander by Eliza’s side She takes his hand

[ELIZA] It’s quiet uptown

[COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)] Forgiveness. Can you imagine? Forgiveness. Can you imagine? If you see him in the street, walking by her Side, talking by her side, have pity They are going through the unimaginable


Certainly there are both sides of the argument toward this man and his journey, but no one can deny his past and where he started and the key role he had in the framework of this great Country.  Looking at this song there are three parts that I want to focus on about "knowing their fruit" (from Galatians 5):

  • "I take the children to church on Sunday, A sign of the cross at the door, And I pray, That never used to happen before" - I love this song and cannot get it out of my head as you can ask my wife and kids how much I play this song over the past two months.  Alexander Hamilton certainly did a lot of things wrong, of which one thing likely cost him the presidency.  He would have been a contender if not a victor if he didn't have a stain.  I think if we are honest and look back at our lives, we would not always be proud or we would definitely have told our younger self to avoid or go different directions.
  • "There are moments that the words don’t reach, There is a grace too powerful to name" - if you are a critical thinker, like myself, then put on your biblical lenses in this statement and think about where this Amazing Grace comes from.  Think about a transforming power that can take something dead and make it alive again.  Think about a God who gave His only Son to save you and I - that is a God that I want to know and serve and love.
  • "Forgiveness. Can you imagine? Forgiveness. Can you imagine?" - After an inappropriate affair that cost his political career and almost cost his marriage, the loss of a son and his wife almost leaving him (or it would seem) Eliza, Hamilton's wife, forgives him.  This part of the song is so powerful and it clasps at your heart because when you hear it, it is amazing in that he and his wife buried their son who was killed in a dual and besides that alone, all the infractions of his past cost him so much more.  But along the way (of this song) you could see how even a "dead marriage" can come alive in through the power of the Holy Spirit by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

All things are possible with God.

So the question that I have for you in this matter, is where are you right now?  Does your past define you?  Is the past so overwhelming that you cannot look toward your future?  Who is Jesus Christ in your life?  Do you know him as Savior? If not, why not?  Read Romans 10.  Read the Gospel of Mark and come to know this Lord like we do.  If you do know him, but are unable to let go of the past, then I have to ask you - is God enough?  Is the death and resurrection of Jesus enough?  Do you need more than his crucifixion and resurrection?

Let go, let God.  Repent!  Turn toward God and draw near to him and he will draw near to you!!!

 

Blessings,

Dante

 

PS - here is the video

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