Sunday Song

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When the ‘Hamilton’ audience caused a furore in the White House for booing theatre attendee Mike Pence, it made Lin-Manuel Miranda a spokesperson for the migrant diaspora, so it feels right that the latest in Miranda’s series of Hamildrops should be written by the legendary John Kander, and should be pointedly aimed at the migrant experience in an anthem to the melting pot of New York.

Why don’t we have an anthem for London?

 

5 comments on “Sunday Song”

  1. David says:

    I thought Waterloo Sunset was the London anthem.

  2. admin says:

    I guess that’s as close as we get.

  3. Debra Matheney says:

    Waterloo Sunset makes a lovely anthem.
    Great tune. The recent House overturn to Democrats gives me some hope that the concept of melting pot has not totally died, but the growing populism in so many Western democracies causes concern. Fear of the other is being stoked in too many places. Have we not evolved at all? Here in California we benefit from the variety of people and their cultures, which makes for a more interesting experience.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    We’ve always said that if the US was a melting pot then we were a mosaic in Canada. You didn’t have to leave yourself or your culture behind to become part of this place. (Of course there are a number of things we don’t want: multiple marriages, female genital excision, assault, sharia law, loud celebrations) you know, things that are different. We are also having to acknowledge the genocide we attempted against the First Nations.
    Yes, we benefit from the many different cultures, too, but saying that you don’t have to leave yourself behind creates some problems because there are some things we would like you to leave behind. It will all work out in the end, I suppose, but figuring out what our words mean is sometimes quite difficult.

  5. Eliz Amber says:

    Wonderful – I love the irony of the classic Broadway tune (circa the ‘good old days’) as a vector for an artist who turned classic Broadway upside-down. ‘Hamilton’ was a statement from the start about immigration and reminded us that the US was originally conceived as a refuge for people seeking freedom. (IMO, it’s one of the most patriotic plays ever written, and I don’t mean that in a theoretical way. I left the theatre feeling immensely proud to be part of the Founders’ vision and legacy.)

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