My 9-Year-Old Grandson and “Hamilton”

*UPDATE: They already know the song “Aaron Burr, Sir” and were disappointed it wasn’t on the disk. After I told them it was an abbreviated version the first song they asked about was “Guns and Ships,” and then the Cabinet Battles, and THEN Aaron Burr. I knew I was being a careful grandma!

I don’t know how he was first introduced, only that my grandson surprised his mother and other-grandmother (and delighted me!) when he started singing “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and…” 

How to continue to feed this interest while respecting his parents’ (and my) desire to keep things age appropriate not just for him but for his 7-year-old brother as well? How to continue to feed this interest while realizing just because I like to listen to all 2+ hours of Hamilton almost every day doesn’t mean it isn’t a little long for him?

When his mother was using Spotify to let him listen to Hamilton and ended up on an Avenue Q song that most definitely is not age appropriate I knew it was time to act.

I listened while keeping a list of songs and making notes about particular words, themes, etc. It also included my notes of the songs that had to be included (“Aaron Burr, Sir” is the only have-to that I ended up dropping, I’m not going to make his parents explain to his 7-year-old brother about “…intercourse over four sets of corsets…” at least not yet).

The choices are somewhat arbitrary, and I don’t present them as the pinnacle of options, different families will have different parameters. I wanted it all to fit on one CD, there were certain songs I had to have no matter the language, and once I took out “Say No To This” it also made sense to eliminate “The Reynolds Pamphlet” and “Burn.” Both Cabinet Battles were vital (to me).

To be clear, I BOUGHT the CD and I also paid for clean copies of every song available, and if his interest continues, I expect to eventually give him the entire CD, but this is a place to start.

And here’s what I ended up with:

Name Time Album Artist
1 Alexander Hamilton 3:59 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
2 My Shot 5:35 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
3 Farmer Refuted 1:55 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
4 You’ll Be Back 3:30 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
5 Right Hand Man 5:24 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
6 Stay Alive 2:41 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
7 Ten Duel Commandments 1:49 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
8 Meet Me Inside 1:26 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
9 That Would Be Enough 3:00 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
10 Guns And Ships 2:10 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
11 History Has Its Eyes On You 1:39 Hamilton: An American Musical – Hamilto. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
12 Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Do. 4:05 Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Record. Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
13 What’d I Miss 3:59 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
14 Cabinet Battle #1 3:37 Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Record. Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Lin-.
15 The Room Where It Happens 5:20 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
16 Cabinet Battle #2 2:25 Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Record. Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Lin-.
17 Washington On Your Side 3:03 Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Record. Leslie Odom, Jr., Daveed Diggs, Okieriete.
18 One Last Time 4:58 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
19 The Adams Administration 0:57 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
20 The Election Of 1800 4:00 Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Record. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Les.
21 Your Obedient Servant 2:32 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
22 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story 3:37 Hamilton: An American Musical – Original. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
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Dollhouses

Dollhouse’s used to be called baby houses and were built for adults.

“It was a diminutive 3-D enshrinement of all the owner’s worldly belongings, of his literal and figurative station in life.”

Charles Siebert in the article The Thorne Miniature Rooms printed in the 9/20/2015  The New York Times Magazine.

 

Delightingful Article About the History of Dollhouses

Bradford Dollhouse at the Smithsonian

The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

10 Of The Most Expensive Dollhouses in History

Presidents Before Washington

4/27/16 George Washington was not the first President of our country. I was going to write ‘not the first President of the United States’ but that isn’t accurate. We had other presidential positions before we came to consider ourselves The United States of America.

From 1774 to 1781 the highest authority was the Continental Congress of the United Colonies. Although the chairman the “president,” his job had little real power and was similar to what we think of today as the Speaker of the House.

From 1781 to 1789 the US was operating under The Articles of Confederation (an entirely new topic I know nothing about and some history teachers somewhere should be embarrassed when I say that) which called for a President who apparently was mostly ceremonial and signed documents on behalf of the Congress as a whole.

It is only after that when we have the Constitution and the first President of the the United States of America.

Looked it up after hearing Prince mention it in an old interview.

Sources: Several different websites had information, but I thought this was the most concise http://www.jjmccullough.com/earlypresidents.htm

 

Legal Liquor During Prohibition

4/18/16 In addition to bootleggers, alcohol could be made legally during prohibition for religious or medicinal purposes.

Here’s what Ken Burns has to say:

One of the legal exceptions to the Prohibition law was that pharmacists were allowed to dispense whiskey by prescription for any number of ailments, ranging from anxiety to influenza. Bootleggers quickly discovered that running a pharmacy was a perfect front for their trade. As a result, the number of registered pharmacists in New York State tripled during the Prohibition era.

Because Americans were also allowed to obtain wine for religious purposes, enrollments rose at churches and synagogues, and cities saw a large increase in the number of self-professed rabbis who could obtain wine for their congregations.

Prohibition, A Film By Ken Burns

I looked this up after seeing a collection of legal prohibition liquor bottles on Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow Prohibition Liquor