Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces The Hamildrops With New Decemberists Collaboration
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:01:05
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In a message direct from the keyboard of the man behind the multi-format smash that is Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced a new spin-off project set to release new Hamilton content in each month of 2018. That message reads in full:
"SOME REQUIRED READING ON THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE & NEW HAMILTON MUSIC.
A year ago this month we released The Hamilton Mixtape. It was the culmination of so many dreams come true. Every artist, every interpretation represented the original impulse I had for this story, even before this thing was a musical.
I know I promised you a Hamilton Mixtape Vol. 2, but nothing's gonna match those songs in that order, beautifully sequenced by @J.period, at that moment in December 2016.
ALL THAT BEING SAID…
I STILL HAVE ALL THIS DOPE NEW S*** TO SHARE WITH YOU.
So today, we begin THE HAMILDROPS. We're gonna drop some new Hamilton content, every month, through December 2018. Something new, every month.
DECEMBER'S #HAMILDROP. 'member how I said I once wrote some Decemberists-esque lyrics for a Ben Franklin tune, but never set 'em to music?
So I sent the lyrics to @ColinMeloy.
And HE set it to music as only he and his crew can. It absolutely blew me away. Went BACK to write lyrics for a bridge for him. He took it to @The Decemberists & they brought Ben Franklin to life.
So enjoy BEN FRANKLIN'S SONG. Music by The Decemberists, Lyrics by yours truly. Available now. #Hamildrops
The band backed that up with a statement on the official Decemberists website that reads, in part:
"Lin passed on the lyrics to Colin, who was very much up to the task, and a new song was born: BEN FRANKLIN'S SONG, to be exact. We really like it. It's very swear-y, but there's a clean version too. And you can listen to it now! We hope you like it. It was a lot of fun to write and record. If you're a HAMILTON fan, we hope it will add a new dimension to the world of the show for you — but you can also just enjoy it as a history lesson. Franklin invented bifocals, you know. And the glass harmonica. WHAT A F***ING GUY."
For more information and monthly Hamildrops updates please visit www.hamildrops.com.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff