I am aware that I am too emotional when it comes to music; I feel too much constantly and music just intensifies the emotion. So let me paint you a picture: last Thursday night, I was laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep when I see a tweet from Lin-Manuel Miranda:
Now, due to need for sleep and a busy day at work, it wasn’t until about ten a.m. the next day that I actually listened to “It’s Quiet Uptown”. It was emotional. (I listened to “My Shot” as soon as I woke up.)
I don’t know how Lin-Manuel chose which artist would get which song, but giving “It’s Quiet Uptown” to Kelly Clarkson is pure genius. I say this as I’m listening to the song and wiping my tears. I have been a fan of Kelly since she won American Idol and my love for her grows with each new song. She has a way of singing that makes you feel every thing she is feeling. She breathes new life into every word and takes you on the ride with her. This kind of approach to a song is what is needed for “It’s Quiet Uptown”, a song that is already full of emotion.
I’ll be honest, The Hamilton Mixtape made me nervous, the original music to Hamilton holds a very special place in my heart so to re-imagine these songs is scary. What if they ruin them? What if they loose the magic? Every ounce of fear was washed away within the first 20 seconds of Kelly Clarkson’s version of “It’s Quiet Uptown”.
I cannot wait to hear the rest of the Mixtape, it drops December 2nd and I’ve never needed November to go by quicker than I do now.
Have you listened to “It’s Quiet Uptown”?