Talk Less, Smile More | Hamiltuesday

By Martina - Tuesday, February 13, 2018


"Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?"

Before we start with the song I have to take something off my chest - I love Aaron Burr. I don't know if it's because of Leslie Odom Jr.'s brilliant voice and acting or because of the way Lin-Manuel Miranda portrayed him in the script, but ever since I listened to the soundtrack for the first time I just realised I love Burr, I love his songs and I can see myself in him more than I do with Hamilton. I stopped feeling bad about it when I read that Lin said he feels like Hamilton only half of the time, but he can as well see a part of himself in Burr. Maybe that's why he managed to write them both so well. I love the fact that in this play there is never really a clear definition between good guy and bad guy, all characters' perspectives are always explained (and they make sense to me).

Anyway, the song starts by saying the date and location of the scene, which is great for someone like me - I have no memory for dates, so I am glad they mention them in the songs from time to time so I am always reminded of the time these events took place.

This song also introduces some of the main characters by saying a few things about them (hands up if you love Lafayette) and establishing their relationship with Hamilton; from this point of view is the perfect follow-up for the previous track, the one that introduced Hamilton.

Burr already starts showing that his personality is different from Hamilton's by telling him to talk less, smile more and by distancing himself from the other guys when they ask him to drop some knowledge. (Lin says "This whole section is basically Harry Potter meeting Draco Malfoy before meeting his real friends.")

I also like that they all seem to realise someone new has entered the room when Hamilton says "If you stand for nothing, Burr, what'll you fall for?" and they all suddenly get curious and ready to hear what he has to say.

My favourite thing about this song though has to be the fact that Lin decided he wanted to rhyme Burr with all possible words, and he also made up some events in order to be able to add more rhymes (young Alexander never punched the bursar, but bursar and Burr, sir just sound so perfect together, he really couldn't miss the opportunity and I'm glad he took it). I find all those rhymes oddly satisfying.

I am curious to hear if you are like me and love Burr or if mine is an unpopular opinion, feel free to let me know in the comments!

Martina x

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