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No Day But Today

Jeff Linamen

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No Day But Today. My mantra, my watch cry… my inspiration. I even seriously considered getting it tattooed on my body. No other phrase inspires or moves me more.

We were watching the Idina Menzel Concert that was recorded for PBS last night and she sings a gorgeous rendition of it. I can’t really explain how it affect me besides making me teary, gives me chills, makes my heart pound and always gives me a feeling of renewed hope.

The music and lyrics come from the musical, RENT and are featured in the songs Another Day and Finale B. Before Menzel’s rendition, there was no song actually titled, No Day But Today. RENT was written by the amazing Jonathan Larson, whose own life emphasizes the lyrics. Larson died tragically, the night of the final dress rehearsal prior to the off-Broadway opening of his show. He suffered an aortic aneurysm and never saw the huge success his creation would become. He never lived to receive his Tony Awards or see his show run over ten years on Broadway, become a movie, or tour the world. Luckily, one day he penned the music and lyrics. If he’d waited, it might have been too late. No Day But Today.

Idina Menzel- No Day But Today Video Link

Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

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

There’s only yes
Only tonight
We must let go
To know what is right
No other course
No other way
No day but today

I can’t control
My destiny
I trust my soul
My only hope
is just to be

There’s only now
There’s only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear
No other path
No other way
No day but today

No day but today.


Today’s Pic of the Day: My cast from the 2009 Introspect Theatre production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT.


  1. oregano46 says:

    RENT is one of my favorite shows. I wish I would have seen your production. I’m so glad you decided to use your mantra and develop it into a piece for your blog! Looking forward to eventually reconnecting with you IRL.


  2. Shannon says:

    Jeff I couldn’t agree with you more! No Day But Today is so inspiring, and doing RENT with you was one of the best experiences of my life. The show’s message really helped me get through some very hard times. Thanks for producing/directing it! I will treasure it always! 🙂


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