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September 29, 2016

Finally, a song that tells the truth!

♪ Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes ♪

♪ How do you measure - measure a year? ♪

— "Seasons Of Love"

Most songs are normally wildly inaccurate with the facts they state. “Eight Days A Week” by The Beatles is wrong about the number of days in a week, which is commonly accepted as seven. Springsteen’s “Born To Run” has been constantly refuted by biologists about what humans are really born to do. Elton John sings “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” when, in fact, it is not alright. Thursday, sure, but not Saturday. Then there’s “Happy Birthday,” a song that incorrectly asserts the possibility of being happy on one’s birthday.

Music rarely tells the truth.

That’s why I decided to put “Seasons Of Love” from the musical Rent to the test. It claims to know how many minutes are in a year, but is this just another musical lie like “And I’m Proud To Be An American” or an actual fact? Let’s see!

The Math:

1 year = 365 days (unless it’s a Leap Year, then nobody knows how many days there are)

1 day = 24 hours (like in the show 24)

1 hour = 60 minutes (like in the show 60 Minutes - TV is a lot more factual than music)

Minutes In A Year = (Minutes In A Hour) x (Hours In A Day) x (Days In A Year)

Minutes In A Year = (60) x (24) x (365)

Minutes In A Year = 525,600


The Rent song is indeed correct in the number of minutes in a day! In fact all of the songs from Rent are factually accurate, especially the final number, “AIDS Is A Bad Thing To Have.”

Please check back next week when I put another tune to the test and find out if Sisqó’s “Thong Song” is actually about thongs. I doubt it.