“Real Life” – Tick, Tick… Boom!
Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
While most well-known for his mega-hit Rent, Jonathan Larson also wrote this largely autobiographical musical about a composer’s struggles trying to make it in New York. In this song, the disheartened main character asks, “Is this real life?” That question was undoubtedly on everyone’s lips with the sudden death of Larson on this day in 1996. He was only 35 years old, yet he had already established himself as one of the great composers of our time.