Thursday, October 06, 2016

ROCKtober Guest Post: Tiffani Hill-Patterson

Once upon a few years ago, I was part of a music blog called the Music Mamas. As the name implies, we were a group of music-loving mamas. I was introduced to most of these women by my friend Tiffani, who's guest posting today and writes over at Sound Check Mama

She's a fierce, strong role model for her teen daughter and one of my favorite friends made through the interwebs. I hope some day to share air with her, but until then, we'll chat, send the occasional care package and keep up with each other online. 

Let's show Tiffani some love!

Music tells my story 

When Mari asked me if I wanted to participate in Rocktober to talk about favorite songs, share a playlist, music-themed memory, whatever, I quickly said yes. But as I thought about what I’d share, nothing seemed right, nothing worked. Until I was showering after cutting my grass Tuesday night: Broadway. Wait, what?

I introduced my daughter to “Hamilton” when the cast performed on the Grammys last February. We downloaded the soundtrack and watched clips from interviews, followed the cast on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, and learned all the lyrics. My daughter bought Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography as well as the “Hamiltome,” the behind-the-scenes book by the musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

History as hip-hop, and one of my favorite songs is “My Shot,” in which Alexander Hamilton introduces himself to his Revolutionary pals.

Another of my favorites from this cast recording is “Guns and Ships.” The Lafayette rap is so fast and furious, but I played it over and over and over until I got it. I’m no Daveed Diggs, for sure, but I’m not bad for a 44-year-old mom.

Once we got into “Hamilton,” it wasn’t long before my daughter discovered Miranda’s other hit, “In the Heights.” We caught an excellent performance by a local theatre group this summer, and the cast recording is what I listened to while I mowed my yard Tuesday evening. This is from the 2008 Tonys performance:

One of the best songs is “When You’re Home” – whenever I go back to my hometown, I’m more relaxed and more myself than when I’m in my current city. Also, Nina’s disappointment in herself after dropping out of Stanford resonates with me, too because I feel like I should be farther along, doing better, doing more than I am, but that’s a different story.

It’s time to go to bed now, so I’m going to close it out with this song that always makes me think about what I’m doing and what I’m leaving for my daughter and those who come after us: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

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