Encanto, me encanta + I❤L-M.M. (Part III)

Abuela es La Jefa de la Familia

I. Team-care works best

II. Emotional Intelligence starts with self-awareness

III. Apologies, done right

IV. You are enough: ALL OF YOU

Susan’s Paean to Lin-Manuel

10 reasons why Lin-Manuel is a role model for me, and my kids (he’s the American dream):

  • He’s a (McArthur) Genius.
  • Lin’s the adorable boy next door, a band geek who reads history on vacay, marries his high school crush, is a no-nonsense ally to the gay community, and names his firstborn after a Disney crab.
  • He could become the youngest EGOT (winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, considered the greatest honor in the entertainment industry). Fingers crossed for Dos Oruguitas. The winners are already decided, so I can’t jinx it the way Lin-Manuel jinxed the 2016 election, see below.
  • He writes songs to raise $$ in the wake of disasters: “Almost Like Praying” was inspired by West Side Story and Hurricane Maria
  • Lin has free-styled for ages, in two languages, from everywhere. Bringing his childhood NYC cypher skills to the Rose Garden, to Broadway, and on dozens of talk shows and podcasts, bringing free-style rap mainstream. His choreographed mashups, ghostwritten intros, real-time summary raps — all, legendary. Que cerebro! What a brain!
  • Lin used Twitter (he now has 3.6 million followers), to create a community by interacting with fans in 65% of his posts, using retweets and comments. This social media campaign reached folks “who would never set foot in the Richard Rodgers theatre.”
Lin-Manuel’s use of Twitter has introduced Broadway to new audiences
  • It was social media moves like this that democratized and diversified the upper-class, mostly-White culture of Broadway and swept the Tonys with mostly-BIPOC Hamilton. Then, he created the first all-Latino major motion picture, In the Heights. Y’all, he’s only 42.
  • He occasionally uses naughty words, parties, flutters his eyelashes and is an extroverted clown — which all contribute to his relatability and charm.
  • He’s a musical polyglot .The bilingual, New York-born son of puertorriqueños, Lin groks the musical stylings of Polynesia (Moana), Britain (Mary Poppins), Colombia (Encanto) Broadway (tick tick, BOOM!) and good ol’American Hip hop (Hamilton, Bring it On).
  • In lieu of an acceptance speech for a Tony in 2016, he wrote a sonnet dedicated to promoting love and stopping hate, and delivered it hours after the Orlando tragedy when hearts were breaking and overflowing…then collaborated w/J-Lo to make “Love Makes the World Go Round” benefiting the Pulse nightclub victims.

Lin-Manuel has also sparked many discussions & debates in our family, such as:

  1. Should the topic of slavery have been included in Hamilton, per “Cabinet Battle #3” and the Compromise of 1808?
  2. Were there enough dark-skinned Latinos in In The Heights (movie)?
  3. What is the mix of Latino representation in the Mount Pleasant and Langley Park neighborhoods in DC, compared to Washington Heights NY?
  4. How did Lin-Manuel write for his own (mediocre) singing? How did he write for someone else’s (amazing) rapping and singing talent?
  5. Where is the cha-cha beat? Merengue? Cumbia? Can you salsa to this?
  6. Where is the round (96,000, Bruno, Farmer Refuted)?
  7. Can you imagine being Lin-Manuel’s crush and having a musical character (Vanessa) named after you, whose first 22 words to the world are “NO”?
  8. Did he do it? The most damning thing associated with Lin-Manuel is, he may have jinxed the presidential election when he hosted SNL in Oct ‘16.
He couldn’t resist a jab to the future prez on SNL, October 2016 - ARRRGH

What to do with All of You, the song:

  • Listen to it! Here’s the full 4:34 video.
  • Get up and move while you listen. Moving w/ Music is #10 on our Immune Booster list…
  • Yes, the 12 Immune Boosters — you can download for free, in English or Spanish, and use as a discussion tool with your team. Or order some postcards and send a note of wellness and gratitude to a teammate.
  • If everyone has seen Encanto, spark a discussion: “Which character do you most identify with?”
  • Folks can listen to a family therapist break down Madrigal dynamics. Or check out the many TikTok trends.
  • Throw a Dance Party: the whole soundtrack is a bop, especially “Colombia, Mi Encanto,” sung by Carlos Vives. Try a different dance for each part of the “round” structure of “We Don’t Talk about Bruno.” Have a Baile Latino lesson to teach/practice cha-cha, merengue and bachata — YouTube can be your guest teacher.
  • Don’t forget, the whole reason I wrote this trilogy is because we are revising the Personal Stress Prescription and we want your feedback. Please send it my way via info@nonprofitcomfort.com and stay tuned for the new tool in April.



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