No Day But Today

Today I thought I'd talk about inspiration through music. In this case, not just music, but musicals. And one musical in particular. RENT.

RENT is definitely not your typical musical. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

This show is so inspiring to me in so many ways. I watched the movie for the first time over two-years ago and immediately fell in love. The music is so poignant, the story so touching. It still brings me to tears every time I watch it. Which is constantly. RENT is just one of those shows that makes you appreciate life, and tells you to do what you want and make every moment count.

The lyrics to the songs in this show really speak to me. There's everything from full-out rock, to a tango, to ballads, to gospel.

"Seasons of Love"
       In, 525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year in the life?
                                                                            Measure your life in love.

    How do you document real life when real life's getting more like fiction each day?

"Another Day"
   There's only us. There's only this.
   Forget regret. Or life is yours to miss.
   No other road, no other way.
   No day but today.

   Why am I the witness. And when I capture it on film, does it mean that it's the end and I'm alone?

"What You Own"
   When you're living in America, at the end of the millennium, you're what you own.

"La Vie Bohem"
   To being an us for once. Instead of a them. La vie bohem.

Just a few examples of some of my favorite lyrics ever--some of my favorite quotes ever.

What's even more inspiring than the show itself is the story behind the musical.

Jonathan Larson, who wrote RENT, had this knowing that he was going to do something and it was going to be big. He was an unsuccessful playwright in New York City, living in a fifth floor walk-up on the Lower East Side. Money was always an issue, because he worked as little as possible so he could be home writing.

Then RENT happened. Larson literally worked on it for years. Family and friends supported him through everything. The right people caught notice of the show, and suddenly they wanted to do a full out production. After years of hard work, Jonathan Larson's wishes were finally all coming true. He picked out the (amazing) cast, tweaked and fine-tuned the show. Everything was finally happening.

Jonathan Larson died of an aoritic aneurysm the night before the show's opening night. At age 35.

It's such a tragedy, that this man produced such an amazing testimony to life, and he never got to see it make it big. But if anything, it proved how precious life is. And the story is so inspiring, because in the end, he lived such a happy life. Because he was always doing what he loved. He never gave up on his dreams.

So, please never give up on your dreams. You never know what day will be your last.

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Anonymous said...

RENT is one of my absolute favorite musicals!! I love the movie version, with Idina Menzel, Rosario Dawson and Taye Diggs. Adam Pascal is pretty awesome as Roger!! And I have the whole (inspiring) soundtrack on my iPod. Great post!