This is the song that inspired me to do this project! It's definitely one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time and it never fails to get me pumped up and inspired about life.
The first time I heard this song was seeing the video on Beavis & Butthead! I was 14 and I was on a babysitting job (don't worry, the kids were in bed!). We didn't have MTV in my house so this was always a treat for me when I was at other people's houses. When the song was over, I wrote down the song/artist information, determined to find out anything I could about these Smashing Pumpkins. (How did we ever learn anything in the days before Google?! ) Shortly after that, I got my hands on a copy of Siamese Dream on cassette tape. It was one of my first glimpses into the world of alternative rock that was opening up in the early 90s and I loved it!
During my junior year of high school I was pissed when the senior class ahead of me chose Today as their class song. It was such a perfect choice and now my class wouldn't be able to use it! I honestly can't tell you what my class song was but I remember what the class of 1995 chose! Damnit!
In the winter of 2000, I saw Billy Corgan play solo acoustic at a small club in North Carolina. He played this song on the piano and it has always been one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. It obviously was a different version of the song but it was almost more powerful than ever before.
Every time I hear this song I think Yes, today is the greatest day I've ever known, no matter what's going on. The sun is shining, or the snow is beautiful, or I'm excited about my new job or sad about something, no matter what it is, I can find a way to see it as a positive when Today is playing.