This article was set up in as a Q&A with director Greta Gerwig. A quote I’d like to mimic is, “Well, for me, the more specific you make something, the more universal it is.” I adored how Greta gave each character layers so that they weren’t defined by one personality archetype (i.e. Kyle the jerky boyfriend who’s dad is dying). In addition to talking about her film, she opens up about finding her path to female empowerment by reading pieces from female playwrights. “Lady Bird” makes you feel like you’re eighteen again, fighting with your mother and trying to stand out while still fitting in.
I was hooked on this article because of Sufjan's association to the “Call Me By Your Name” soundtrack. A sentence I would like to mimic is, “Ideally, a good time to find Sufjan is in your mid-teens, when everything hurts all of the time and you don’t yet have the language to articulate why.“ The author connects personal ties with the ambiguity of the music. It’s designed to resonate with you without being directly about anything. His music becomes personal, even though you haven’t had his experiences, much like “Hamilton.”
I was instantly hooked by this collection of quotes because I could feel the power within them. A sentence I would like to mimic is, “When you cannot pinpoint a pain in your body, the whole world seems to throb with it. Trees in pain, lit windows in pain, Wednesday nights in pain. Pianos flaming with pain, and the scale sliding up into a cry.” Each quote contained a universal truth about pain, love, surviving, or the struggle of live. Based on this article, I would like to pinpoint Hamilton lyrics that contain a universal truth or hold a lot of power that would otherwise be overlooked.
This article discusses several of Hamilton's techniques, such as having nonwhite characters play old white men and women. A sentence I would like to mimic is, “‘Hamilton' makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born.” I thoroughly appreciated the adjectives used to describe the characters. Daveed Diggs is, according to the author, “delightfully dandyish.” He also notes that no one actor is trying to outdo the other; Every character has their reckoning.
Based on this article, I might write about the things future musicals can learn from Hamilton. Such as how to write clever rap or how to connect with your audience. I'm curious about what resonates with people when they see a show (for Grease, it’s a teenage story that feels personal). A paragraph I might like to mimic is te advice about playing to the actor's strength. Because of this article, I would like to read about the methods that Hamilton uses that strengthens the musical.
This article makes me wonder about racism in other countries. A stylistic choice I might use in my paper would be enlarging certain quotes off to the side. Based on this article, I might write about the struggle to get out of a geographical situation, only to find yourself the same in a new place. A sentence I’d like to mimic is, “I was lonely, toggling between extremes, feeling at turns invisible and utterly exposed.” Because of this article, I would like to continue to read about traveling to another country to reinvent yourself/ discover your identity.
I was instantly hooked as soon as the author talked about analyzing each character's trademarked songs. Based on this article I might write about the new age of rap in musicals or chord progression motifs. I might use this piece as a mentor text for an in-depth analysis of the music and its significance. Because of this article, I would like to continue to read about Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical themes and motifs and how that plays into his writing. A sentence I’d like to mimic is, “But it shouldn’t be surprising that some people simply can’t hear Miranda’s sophisticated chess moves.”
This article caught my eye because I’m a huge supporter of LGBT rights. Having never seen the film, I was curious about the “parental support” depicted in the film because usually the queer individual experiences negative parental reactions. Having a mainstream teen movie with a queer character is important for representation purposes and is paving a way for more movies of its kind. This parallels Hamilton's blind eye to race when casting the characters. Parental (whether related by blood or circumstance) characters in these films not only accept their children, but yearn for them to experience true love.
Alexandre Desplat's philosophy is that “a good piece of music should work anywhere in the film.” He details the different motifs of joy, curiosity, and suspense by utilizing flutes and an intense baseline. I might use this piece as a mentor text because of the breakdown of the song itself; Desplat explaining what each element/instrument meant helped understand the deeper meaning in a song. Based on this episode, I might write about the musical motifs and their significance for each character.
Definitely a first of its kind, “Jesus Christ Superstar” combined a style of music unknown to broadway, much like Hamilton did. I was instantly hooked on this piece of writing as soon as I watched a video of Alice Cooper hilariously telling Jesus to get out of his life. Because of this article, I would like to continue to read about rock 'n' roll on Broadway. A sentence I'd like to mimic is, “The lavish NBC staging of America’s most devoutly sacrilegious rock opera.” This musical also defies time period clothing as well as race, which parallels Hamilton.