Song Lyric Sunday | “Seasons of Love” – Stevie Wonder


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is A song with a harmonica.

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Stevland Hardaway Morris né Judkins aka Stevie Wonder also provides my second selection for SLS this week.

Seasons of Love is a song from the 1996 Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson. The song is performed by the entire cast in the play and the 2005 movie by the same name. Along with the Original Cast Recording soundtrack is an alternative version of Seasons of Love featuring Wonder who sings (and improvises upon) the part usually sung by the soloists. Stevie also lends his harmonica skills to the song.

FUN FACTS:

  • Larson actually intended for Seasons of Love to be performed symbolically as a song at Angel’s funeral.
  • The song is heard twice throughout the second act and as the finale.
  • Born six weeks premature, and with retinopathy of prematurity, leading to permanent blindness, Wonder was a music prodigy and had mastered several instruments, including the harmonica, before he reached his teens.
  • Signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11, Stevie’s first single, Fingertips, featuring him on the bongos and harmonica, was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.

Take care, stay safe, and be well.

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection on Nesie’s Place.

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Seasons of Love

by Stevie Wonder

Songwriters: Jonathan D. Larson

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 truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In 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 life 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 you life in love)

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.