“In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in a life?”

These lyrics are from the Broadway musical RENT’s song “Seasons of Love.” The musical is set in the 1980s, at the height of New York City’s AIDS crisis, and follows the lives of eight friends over the course of a year. Eight young people learn to measure their lives in love after overcoming adversity, loss, and despair. With exceptional success, the play has defined a generation, given voice to the voiceless, and is frequently used to introduce young people to musical theater.

Seasons of Love is a song written and performed by Jonathan Larson for the Broadway show Rent.
It is the first song in the movie version, despite the fact that it is the opening song of the second act of the musical.

Seasons Of Love From The Broadway Musical Rent

The song starts with an ostinato piano motif that provides a harmonic basis for the cast to sing “Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes” (the number of minutes in a common year). The major instruments used throughout the song include piano, vocals, guitar, organ, bass, and drums.

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Seasons Of Love In The Musical

In the stage production, the song is sung at the beginning of the second act. The cast makes a straight line downstage, facing the audience. The entire cast performs the song, and the solos are frequently done by two cast members who play various minor roles (namely Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson). “Seasons of Love” is divided into two sections, the first of which begins in Act II and the second of which begins after “Take Me or Leave Me” a few songs later.

Seasons Of Love From The Broadway Musical Rent

The song has been translated into a variety of languages for the musical’s worldwide productions (“Tiempos de amor” in Spanish, “Nur Liebe Bleibt” in German, “Sgraen ást” in Icelandic, and “A szerelem évszakai” in Hungarian).

Seasons Of Love In The Movie

In the 2005 film adaptation of Rent, “Seasons of Love” and its reprise are performed. Only the 8 major characters sing the song, with the two solos performed by Joanne (Tracie Thoms) and Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin). At the beginning of the film, the group performs “Seasons of Love” on a theater stage. The song is used as a backdrop for the character Mark’s documentary-style video on New York living in the reprise. [needs a reference] Excerpts from “Seasons of Love” appeared in several trailers as well as other promotional materials for the film.

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Lyrics Of Seasons Of Love

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets,
In midnights, in cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles,
In laughter, in strife?

In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
How do you measure a year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love.
Seasons of love,
Seasons of love.

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty five thousand journeys to plan,
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?

In truth that she learned,
Or in times that he cried?
In the bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died?

It’s time now, to sing out,
Though the story never ends.
Let’s celebrate, remember a year,
In the life of friends.

Remember the love,
(Oh you got to, you got to remember the love)
Remember the love,
(You know that love is a gift from up above)
Remember the love,
(Share love, give love, spread love)
Measure in love,
(Measure, measure your life in love)
Seasons of love,
Seasons of love
(Measure your life, measure your life in love).

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