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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 183
Thurs. July 12, 2012

“Today”
The Smashing Pumpkins
1993

“♫ Today is the
greatest day I’ve
ever known
♫”

The first day after the sickness, when the darkness subsides within the promising glimpse of another waking daylight—is the greatest day you will ever know. I don’t think it’s all happenstance. It reminds me of my favorite Richard Nixon quote—“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”

Speaking of feeling as low as the valley, how many of you knew that Billy Corgan wrote “Today” while he was in throes of desperation? When Corgan told Rolling Stone in 1993, he explained—“I lost the ability to function. I didn’t want to go outside. I couldn’t write songs. I was really suicidal. I just thought it was funny to write a song that said today is the greatest day of your life because it can’t get any worse.”

This hit single from Siamese Dream, always reflected an over joyous Corgan feeling so happy to be alive that he and his Pumpkins needed to let the world know in his song, “Today.” It seems like the meaning of “Today” has evolved from Billy’s original intention since its inception in 1993 when Corgan recently told VH-1 Storytellers, he said—“I wrote this song at this sort of critical juncture in my life and not only did these songs not only give me hope for the future and they certainly changed the band’s lives. [“Today”] is pretty much a song about how I want to kill myself but of course nobody ever gets that because they get very fixated on the positive lines. But if you actually listen, there’s way more negativity. But of course, at this point in my life, it is a positive song because you know; it’s about survival and certainly our survival as well.”

Billy Corgan proved it; persistence within perseverance is the key to surviving anything. Because when you endure and overcome all obstacles to reach your pinnacle goal; the elation when you make it to the top of our mountain, whatever she may be, will have been worth the cost of the journey your life has experienced. So for “Today” on the next step of our self exploration trip, we sing—Today is the greatest day we will have ever known.

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