“In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee…”
Those are just some of the lyrics we’ve grown to know and love from the hit song “Seasons Of Love” from the musical Rent.
Rent details the lives of a group of friends as they struggle with poverty, disease, and gentrification in the ’90s in New York City. For fans of the Broadway show, it’s become an embedded Christmas tradition.
The story, after all, begins on “December 24th, 9 pm, Eastern Standard Time.”
Listen for the reference here in the songs “Tune Up,” versions 1-3, and “Voice Mail.”
The most famous number from the show, “Seasons Of Love,” comes at the top of Act 2 and beautifully juxtaposes the menial day-to-day tasks we consider important versus the overarching theme of the show: love everlasting.
Siblings Frankie and Ariana Grande, seizing on the message and the coming new year, put out a beautiful cover of the song just before the Christmas holiday.
You can listen to it here.
As the familiar melody plays, a sentimental softness trickles its way through the piece and into the listener’s ears.
Frankie takes the famous solos in the second verse, and Ariana joins in and takes the famous counterpoint section through the second chorus.
When her voice warmly hits the high note, Frankie gives a knowing smile to the camera, a nod to this video inspiring everything he wanted us to feel.
People are enjoying the Grande siblings’ take on the song.
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) December 16, 2018
I know some of you don't like Frankie, put that aside, I love RENT and this actually is really good! https://t.co/STQK6qVH2x
— WalknOnSunshine (@BerryPatches) December 19, 2018
i love thishttps://t.co/ppoNt1yOKG
— riley the smiley on ashlys mirror (@AshlysMirrorr) December 19, 2018
— Coco Schreave (@nikki4AG) December 19, 2018
The video hit one million views shortly after it was released.
OMG 1 MILLION VIEWS!! I AM SO HONORED!! ESPECIALLY FOR A PROJECT THAT WAS MADE WITH SO MUCH LOVE!! THANK YOU!! ❤️❤️❤️ @ArianaGrande @BenGettinger @DominicACrossey @jonerikgoldberg 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/tyZ7x4Iqya
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) December 19, 2018
And fans were more than happy to keep the view count rising.
Thanks for stepping up@FrankieJGrande
You did this with class
Happy Holidays to you and your
Family luv always, JLK
You are so talented 💕🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/8kglleffnY
— gabry 想像 ♡ ♡ (@sweetenergabry) December 19, 2018
i’ve been listening to this on repeat for the last couple of days i love it so much and it got me in the christmas spirit :’)
— ingrid (@notearsingrid) December 19, 2018
Im so proud of you!!!
— 마리 엘💋 (@MielGrandee) December 19, 2018
1 million views in less than a week! 🎉🎉
— Lou (@LouiseJGrande) December 19, 2018
You deserve it!! its an amazing song 😍 I get goose bumps everytime i hear the song! But is the song also coming on spotify? <3 LY!
— Lizah (@arianator_Lizah) December 19, 2018
CONGRATS,YOU DESERVE THIS❤❤
— Vincent||242 (@Vincent232001) December 19, 2018
According to PopSugar, the video also stars Ben Gettinger, Jon-Erik Goldberg, and Dominic Crossey of the Broadway casts of Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen.
tonight was so magical. it was such a beautiful night filled with friends & family & christmas magic! i’m so happy…☺️🎄✨ merry christmas eve everyone.
love, the Grandes & Friends 💚❤️💋🙏 #christmas #christmaseve #family #friends #joy https://t.co/VZhR4JWyx4 pic.twitter.com/7Ck9e8pNQg
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) December 24, 2018
I’m incredibly moved by the outpouring of appreciation for our #SeasonsOfLove video. There was SO much love in the studio that night and our hope was that viewers would experience that same feeling. ✔️ @FrankieJGrande @ArianaGrande @jonerikgoldberg @DominicACrossey
— Ben Gettinger (@BenGettinger) December 14, 2018
Will you be measuring 2018 in love as we head for 2019?