Ok. So just like everyone said.....Hamilton didn't suck. It was VERY good. It was VERY GREAT. I laughed, I cried, I bounced, I grooved, I yelled, I jumped, and I left fulfilled and in anticipation when I could experience the genius again!!
I had to readjust my ears...I have been listening to recorded perfection for the last month in preparation, and was glad I reminded myself that perfection is not real theater...it's just a perfect recording. The real theater, of course, is greater than that.
The visceral emotion in the spoken and sung words, the inflection, the sweat, the movement, and the interaction of the eyes on the stage are all reasons we keep coming back to the stage to be whisked away from reality and placed in some strange dimension to have an emotional experience. Sure the rap, the characterization, the word painting, the grooves, the depth of choreography, sound and lighting in juxtaposition against the simplicity of the set, the chord progressions, and the singable melodies are all genius on their own.
I think, like all collaborative works of art, the TRUE GENIUS happened way before we all had a chance to enjoy the work. Collaborative genius happens when one brilliant artist shares and gives away something to another. I am sure there were moments where the non-negotiables stood strong, but every creative artist in this project had to share or give something away for the betterment of the greater work. I think that is the real genius.
Leaders in the real world are missing the mark. We are so concerned with our voice, our image, our ideas, our "credit", that we don't allow the collaborative genius to be created. When a "leader" isn't willing to listen, move, combine, connect, collaborate, and give something away, we miss the genius. Our self absorbed, narcissistic, arrogant ego rips the world from what could have happened and what NEEDED to happen.
The moment of genius never gets to be on the stage. It never reaches artistic peak. It dies and no one sees it. It never gets to take it's shot.
Thanks for stopping by. These are musings on how I see leadership in the world and how I continue to try and grow through my lens.