gleeful a community of gleeks. <![CDATA[ Glee]]>
Now I hardly would consider myself a "Gleek", but just a casual glee watcher. I don't take it as a guide to life, but I see it for what it is. It's entertainment, and should be taken as such. The characters and story are well-done, and the series has managed longevity and is hardly in a "sophomore slump". In fact, the second season has managed to improve upon the first one. Another thing, the genre of Glee is hard to nail down. It's funny, but it's not a comedy. It has music, but it's not a musical. It also has drama, but it's not a drama. I guess the show is just a combination of the three, being a comedy-drama-musical.

Now onto that in-depth character study I promised. First, we start with Rachel (Lea Michele), the "star" of the glee club. She was groomed since birth by her fathers to be the perfect star of stage and screen, and acts with the arrogance and selfishness that would come with that attitude. In the first season, she seemed mildly annoying, but harmless enough. The second season is when I really hated her. Not only was she dating a guy she didn't deserve, but she acted like a total self-centred bitch and made everyone in the club hate her.

I have many qualms about the Finn-Rachel relationship. Firstly, he took much more crap from her than he really should have. Secondly, she got all pissed off that he slept with Santana BEFORE they were together. Not only is that entirely ridiculous, but she cheats on him with Puck (Mark Salling) and gets all bent out of shape when he dumps her. First of all, she doesn't even apologise, just demands that he forgive her. Secondly, he has had two girlfriends in the course of the show, both of whom have cheated on him. That would definitely put a damper on the guy's self esteem. I really hope that the writers only are writing her to be this horrible so they can redeem her and make her a better person, to realize all that she has done wrong. I also really hope that they don't make Finn and Rachel get back together, because he really is the better character.

Secondly, you have Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison), the spanish teacher who wants to restart the glee club. He is not met with much support, but manages to get enough people to join. He is unhappily married to Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), a woman who fakes being pregnant. This subplot manages to stretch out for most of the season, but the shit really hits the fan when he finds out and leaves her, supposedly for the cute germaphobe guidance counselor (Jayma Mays). Their relationship, however, wavers between slight and non-existent, eventually having her marry a dentist played by John Stamos. I like Mr. Schuester, because he is harmless enough, despite his repetitive choice in solos and somewhat dated song selections.

Thirdly, we have Kurt (Chris Colfer), who in my opinion is the emotional anchor of the show, especially in season 2. Kurt is the token gay on the show, except that he is so much more than that. One full episode was devoted to him coming out to his dad, and a main subplot of the second season was him being bullied by a homophobic bully and eventually transferring schools, where he meets Blaine (Darren Criss <3), who would appear to be his love interest. Chris Colfer is a great actor, and he's probably the best actor on the show. I'm also glad they made his dad a series regular, because he's a good character too.

Next, we have all the minorities. First, we have Mercedes (Amber Riley) a sassy black girl with an incredibly powerful singing voice. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) a gothic asian girl with a stutter and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) her boyfriend, who gets a bigger speaking part in the second season. I dislike all the Asian jokes between them, because it makes glee look more like Family Guy by comparison. Lastly, we have Artie (Kevin McHale), the wheelchair kid, who got better with his second girlfriend Brittany (Heather Morris), the dumb cheerleader who constantly spouts funny one-liners. He used to date Tina, but he screwed up royal and seems to have improved with Brittany. I always liked Artie, and I like him even more this season. These characters are all pretty much in the same ground, good but not great, each having their merits and downfalls.

The big subplot of the first season besides the gay subplot was the pregnancy subplot. The cliff-note version is that Quinn (Dianna Agron) used to be head cheerleader and dated Finn (Cory Monteith). That is, until she got herself knocked up by Finn's friend Puck (Mark Salling). Then, she loses everything and Finn finds out and dumps her for Rachel. This was an okay subplot, as teen pregnancy can be a powerful dramatic plot point, but it's far too glamourized in my opinion. Nothing much else to say, but the dramatic storylines are sometimes hit-and miss, but mostly hit.

Despite all the dramatic plot points, there's still room for comedy in the show, mostly embodied by Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach who happens do despise the glee club. She takes comic relief so much further in a good way and she's the comic anchor of the show. The other characters are funny too, but she's by far the funniest, Lynch herself being a powerhouse comoedienne.

You may be thinking, Glee is about a Glee club, how about the musical numbers? Well, they're pretty hit and miss, but what they get right, they really get right. I am getting tired of Rachel's constant solos though. I mean, she has a nice voice and all, but we don't need to hear it in every episode. I like the characters' individual singing voices, especially that of newcomer Sam (Chord Overstreet). I do have some on my Ipod, but they don't dominate it. I'd say 10-15% of the songs on my Ipod are from glee though, because some of them are really good.

All in all, glee is a great show. It's entertainment, and should be taken as such, but it's truly one of the best TV shows on the air today and one of my personal favourite. I am and will always be a movie person, but I love TV almost as much as I love movies. Something you may not know about me is that I like many TV shows, like this, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and most crime shows (except NCIS). If you haven't seen this show, it's definitely worth a look.]]> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 00:27:45 +0000
<![CDATA[ Album Review: Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album]]> Glee's gotten an early start on the holiday gift-giving season by delivering to its fans a special Christmas-themed album. These 12 tracks are some of the music to be featured in the Christmas episode "Sue The Grinch."

The album starts off with "We Need A Little Christmas" and features the underdogs of the show – Tina, Kurt and Mercedes. Really, this is a straight interpretation of the song equipped with the signature Glee harmonizing and Kurt's high alto vocals. It's a decent track but pretty forgettable since it doesn't stray far from the original we're all familiar with. Then comes perhaps the best track on the entire album, "Deck the Rooftop" which is an upbeat mashup of "Deck the Halls" and "Up on the Rooftop". This is Glee at its best – taking two familiar songs and combining them to make something fresh and new. The beat behind the song isn't very holiday or what you'd expect but rather sounds a lot like the beat from Beyonce's "Single Ladies" (though it may not be). Amongst all the covers that adhere to the original versions, this particular song was a much welcomed departure from the well-beaten path. "Merry Christmas Darling" is a Lea Michele/Rachel track and is just okay. There's no real surprise with the track and what you'd expect from a typical Lea Michele performance.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" may be the head-turning track as it's a duet between Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Darren Criss (Blaine). I actually applaud the producers of Glee of featuring a duet between these two and pretty much making the track a bit gay without making a big deal about it. Their two voices go well together and the performance of this well-known track is good. "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" features Artie, Rachel, Kurt, Sam, Tina & Brittany all singing this song about the toys from the island of misfit toys. Again, another straight interpretation of the original track which makes it feel a bit too dated and old for such a young group of people. Things get back on track with "Last Christmas", that has a more modern-beat and production and fits the young cast well. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is another of the album's better tracks as it features the women of Glee (Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Tina) and most of the song is performed a capella but once the music kicks in, the beat is more R&B and fresh than what you'd expect.

Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) takes on "O Christmas Tree" and does well with it. He tries to insert a little of that awkward Will Schuester soul-singing into it and shows off his vocals a bit. "Jingle Bells" is the guy's number and is a bit of a big band/swing/jive interpretation of the song.  I'm not sure why every time Puck is involved in a song it suddenly has to be swing and a styled like a Rat Pack song. "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" is probably the track that annoys me because I'm sure it plays well within the actual Glee Christmas episode coming, "Sue The Grinch". But the song itself, with Matthew Morrison/Will narrating the classic tale is just annoying and not something I can sit through. Things get back on track with Amber Riley's (Mercedes) gospel-take on "Angels We Have Heard On High". I liked this track because the gospel style hasn't been used much on Glee and Mercedes is given a track to be in the spotlight without having Rachel (Lea Michele) to contend with. This to me is some of the best vocals on the album to the point that you forget this is Glee you're listening to. As with most episodes of Glee, Rachel gets the last word (or song) and takes on "O Holy Night." Her vocals on this track are probably the best of Rachel on this particular album and is everything fans of the show would expect or want from a Lea Michele performance.

Final Verdict:
Overall, Glee's Christmas album is okay. My complaint is that too many of the songs are just too safe and too close to the original versions we're all used to. I'd have liked to have heard a bit more originality come into play as with the "Deck the Rooftop" mashup. I know, it's Christmas music but some of the arrangements of the songs feel too old and dated for this group of young singers. I'd think they'd insert a bit more personality, modernity and originality into the music to make it more of their own but it feels like we're just getting some Christmas songs for the sake of selling an album and making a profit. Probably my least favorite music release from Glee so far.

Listen to These: "Deck the Rooftop", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "O Holy Night"

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<![CDATA[ Ain't no Kelly Rowland!]]>

I knew from this moment she was a killer star! (Sorry the quality is so low)'
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<![CDATA[The Rocky Horror Glee Show Quick Tip by Robin_Uncapher]]>
The episode demanded that viewers know Rocky Horror pretty well. I did think that Sue's comments about the play having pacing problems was pretty funny. The movie is a wierd combination of fun and boring and the best way to enjoy it is with a group of people who are dressed up as characters and singing along.

The plot to this Glee was very disjointed though, which makes me concerned about future shows. There was a lot of going back to old plotlines. Hope the next script is an improvement.]]> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:04:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Kurt Hummel (KurtHummelGLEE) on Twitter Quick Tip by KrAshleyT]]> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:47:23 +0000 <![CDATA[ Like, what is the big deal?]]> If you are an avid follower of Glee, you may have noticed the outrage and headlines in the news the past few days. Parent and Family organizations are OUTRAGED over a photo spread published in Novembers issue of GQ Magazine.  

The Parents Televsion Council released this statement

“It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia.

By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn't good for families.

Katie Couric was so outraged she took time out of her newscast to make a point about it. 

There was also a very heated discussion about it on the View

In my opinion, these photos are perfectly fine, given the setting (An adult male magazine) and the age of the actors (all in their mid 20's). 

It seems like The Parents Council hasn't watched Glee lately, since the subject of sex is covered heavily in the show. From loosing their virginity multiple times, teen pregnancy resulting from "fooling around in a hot tub" to the main character praying to Jesus that his girlfriend would get to 2nd base. They even had GIRL ON GIRL in the latest episode!

Is this clip of "Like a Virgin" appropriate for kids to watch? 

Yes these photos are suggestive, but they do not warrant the attention storm that has come from them. Since the Parents Television Council has put Glee on blast, these photos have been spread out and published all across the internet, on the television, exposing more children to them, who otherwise would have never been exposed to GQ in the first place. 

I don't think any child who isn't old enough to see these pictures is old enough to be watching Glee unsupervised. Yes, their songs are very kid friendly but this show is made for an older- teenage audience. 

Last month Lea Michele took her top off in Marie Claire...did anyone care?

I'm curious to hear what other people think. Do you think these photos are inappropriate for the Glee cast? 

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<![CDATA[Bohemian Rhapsody (Glee Cast Version Featuring Jonathan Groff) Quick Tip by cpw1952]]> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 22:31:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Bohemian Rhapsody (Glee Cast Version Featuring Jonathan Groff) Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 22:25:58 +0000 <![CDATA[ Album Review: "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"]]>
The Good: Since these are songs from a cult favorite and well known musical film, I think it'd been pretty difficult for "Glee" to get away with completely having their way with the music. One track that feels completely new and unique to "Glee" is "Sweet Transvestite" featuring the vocals of Amber Riley. When I found out this track was going to be included in the episode I, like many, thought it'd be a Kurt (Chris Colfer) number but was surprised to find it was actually a Mercedes number instead. She completely puts her own stamp on the song with big vocals that truly blew me away. It was fun hearing "There's a Light (Over at Frankenstein Place)" done with the signature "Glee" harmonies of Lea Michele and Cory Monteith. It's one of those under appreciated tracks from the Rocky Horror film and doesn't feel completely overdone and thus works well on the soundtrack. John Stamos' singing on "Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?" was fun and made what was always a dull track and moment in the film actually enjoyable. "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me" is sung by Jayma Mays who plays the uptight obsessive compulsive Emma Pillsbury and considering her character's history on the show felt like a really big moment and highlight for Emma and the show. In all, most of the tracks felt pretty well done. Vocally, there are few surprises but I didn't feel like any of the songs were butchered.

The Bad: Having watched "Rocky Horror Picture Show" countless times and listened to the soundtrack, it's hard not to compare the "Glee" versions of the songs to the originals. Naya Rivera's (Santana) singing on "Science Fiction Double Feature" felt a bit weak and I wish she or the arranger of the song had chosen to really hit and enunciated certain lyrics or words as the original song did. "Time Warp" has been done so much that I wish they'd actually been bold and chosen to do something unique and different with the track. It's pretty hard not to notice what "Rocky Horror" tracks didn't make it into this episode including "I Can Make You A Man", "Rose Tint My World", "I'm Going Home" and "Super Heroes". Price wise, I'm glad they've lowered the price considerably since there are so few tracks and the release is coming out an entire week before the actual episode airs (which in turn sort of kills the fun of watching the episode spoiler free (musically and show/plot wise). I also wondered why the producers chose to release this as the cast's first album from season 2 but they didn't choose a special release of the music from the Britney Spears tribute episode. To me, this would have been a great "double feature" opportunity to include tracks from both the Britney and Rocky Horror episodes since both are being promoted as tribute and special occasions.

In all, a fun release with good music. It's one of the few soundtracks I'm able to listen to non-stop and repeatedly without it feeling old. There are a few flaws, as mentioned above but overall "Glee" seems to have musically honored "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in a great way.

Listen to These: "Sweet Transvesite", "There's a Light (Over At Frankenstein Place)," "Damn It, Janet"]]> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:54:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Telephone (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:45:32 +0000 <![CDATA[Halo / Walking On Sunshine (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:44:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Defying Gravity (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:42:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:40:16 +0000 <![CDATA[True Colors (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:31:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Bohemian Rhapsody (Glee Cast Version Featuring Jonathan Groff) Quick Tip by zephyr2050]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:02:04 +0000 <![CDATA[And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> listen here. ]]> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:55:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Glee: Season 2]]> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:37:56 +0000 <![CDATA[The Only Exception (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 00:44:21 +0000 <![CDATA[Telephone (Glee Cast Version) Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 21:44:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ Season 2 Started Off Great...]]> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:54:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Britney/Brittany Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]>
As for the rest of the episode, it was definitely classic Glee. I just wish they had finished with a Britney Born to Make You Happy or Everytime.]]> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Britney/Brittany Quick Tip by Sheri_in_Reho]]> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 02:12:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Season 1 Glee-Cap]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:08:33 +0000 <![CDATA[ Superb!]]> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 01:39:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Glee Quick Tip by Laur32]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:22:25 +0000 <![CDATA[ 'Journey to Regionals' EP [REVIEW]]]> Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe). My first question with that release was if Fox had spoiled the end of the season by releasing tracks that would appear in the finale. Luckily, that wasn't the case because Fox held off and saved the songs featured in the finale for its own release. Glee: The Music - Journey to Sectionals features (perhaps) all of the musical numbers featured in the season 1 finale. If you want to be surprised, buy the music but don't listen to it until after you've seen the episode. Some of the tracks may either leave your mind racing as you're bound to read into the lyrics and song choices to figure out where the tracks will fit into the finale. Or, you may not want to listen to the music simply because the finale is going to be the biggest musical moment (plot wise) of the second half of the season and hearing the music will make what you're going to watch on television a tad bit less exciting.

The Good: Listening to the music definitely gives the first season a "full circle" feel. The show started, and caught the attention of many, with the cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Now, the first season is ending with an ode and love fest to Journey by covering a few songs from Journey's catalog. You should know that the finale's titled 'Journey' so in a way, this feels like the producers thanking Journey for catapulting the show and its stars into its fame by covering more of the group's songs. The opening track, "Faithfully" is definitely catchy and a duet between Lea Michelle and Corey Monteith. From there we have a mash-up of "Any Way You Want It" and "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" and though I have to admit I haven't been a big fan or long-time listener of Journey, the two tracks work well together to the point where you can hardly tell it's a combination of two different tracks. Then there's a new version of "Don't Stop Believin'" that definitely feels finale worthy as it was the first big song from the show's first episode and with this regional version we get to hear more of the cast be included and get solo moments in the song. Also included is "Bohemina Rhapsody" which (in my opinion) sounds pretty close to the original and isn't as thrilling, an acoustic/laid back version of "Over the Rainbow" and the most left-field track, a cover of Lulu's "To Sir, With Love". In all, while heavy on Journey songs, there are some tracks from other artists featured.

The Bad: There isn't much to complain about considering this review is coming before having seen the finale. I hope, unlike the past releases, this one includes all of the music from the final episode and there isn't one or two tracks reserved for digital-only release. If I do have a complaint, it was noted that there were more than a few tracks left off the third volume that (for now) have only been released digitally. Since this only have 6 tracks, it'd been nice if some of those unreleased tracks from this season had been included so that fans could have had more of the music from the first season on actual CD. But, for the price of $4.99, I'm glad the songs from the final episode did get released, period, and weren't saved for some future release or box set.

In all, it's a fun release but I feel like it's mainly for the hardcore "Glee" fans or those really into Journey. For me, there wasn't much variety and a six-track release felt like a ploy to make money. Why not hold back the last volume of music, released a few weeks ago, to coincide with the finale and release vol. 3 as an expanded two disc with the finale songs and the songs that were left off? Anyways, the only track that really made me cringe and feel was nothing more than well-performed karaoke was "Bohemian Rhapsody", but the safe cover of the track may actually play into the events of the episode.

Listen to These: "Anyway You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'", "Faithfully", "To Sir, With Love"]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Dream On Quick Tip by Laur32]]> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:52:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Theatricality Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> Tue, 25 May 2010 18:50:45 +0000 <![CDATA[ Review of 'Volume 3, Showstoppers']]>
The Good: What I like about this volume is that there are tracks and performances included from more of the cast. The first two releases felt like nothing more than a promotional vehicle for Lea Michele and her Rachel character. With this release, there are definitely tracks that show off more of the cast. You have Amber Riley's stand-out moment this year (both in song and in terms of acting) with her cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful"; Mark Salling taking on "Lady Is A Tramp"; Chris Colfer with "A House Is Not a Home" and "Rose's Turn". You also have some of the second half of the season's guest stars' performances including Kristin Chenoweth's awesome take on "Home" from 'The Wiz'; Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Olivia Newton-John's re-interpretation of "Physical"; Idina Menzel with 'I Dreamed A Dream'. There are also some great cast/group numbers including the Glee-take on Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance", U2's "One" and Bonnie Taylor's '80s hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart". My overall complaint with the past two volumes is that there wasn't enough variety and too many numbers seemed to feature Lea Michele while the other cast membership were reduced to back-up. This volume represents a shift in the series' second volume (or second part of the first season) by having more of the cast step-up with numbers. With new voices, sounds and styles, I have to say this is by far the superior of the volumes of music released so-far from the show. Some may also complain that this release is missing the songs from the big Madonna episode but all of those songs were released already on CD so I figure the producers chose not to repeat themselves by adding any of those tracks (even if they would qualify as 'showstoppers').

In all, a pretty solid release with minor flaws. I'm glad there was a deluxe version released with more tracks rather than having just one standard edition as with the past two volumes with only a handful tracks. I felt a lot of these tracks were better produced and performed than the first two volumes of music that felt a bit too close to karaoke (but good karaoke). If you're a fan of the show and haven't been purchasing the tracks each week as they've been released digitally, this is definitely for you.

The Bad: This being a deluxe edition of volume 3, I was hoping there would be fewer numbers left off. However, it seems the powers-that-be still chose to overlook some of the better performances in an effort to either mix it up or save on royalties (who knows). Some numbers I wish had made it onto the actual CD were "Fire" performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison, "Ice Ice Baby" or "U Can't Touch This" (only one of these 'bad' numbers seemed necessary but neither are included), "The Boy Is Mine" and "Jessie's Girls". Considering this is coming out before the show even wraps the season, I'm sure there will be other minor numbers that come with the last few episodes that get released digitally but don't make it onto this release. Another complaint I have is the timing of the release. Would it have been hard to hold off a week or two in releasing this? The best part of 'Glee' is in fact the music and never knowing until the day of the show what numbers and songs are going to end up on the show. Yet, here we are 'spoiled' by having 8 tracks that have yet to appear on the show on this release, including (for the most part) what order they'll appear in the season. If the last two tracks end up being the big numbers in the final episode, that's going to take away a bit from the surprise or enjoyment of the finale because we'd have been exposed to the music for more than a few weeks. Sure, 'Glee' is as much about the performance than it is the songs but in some cases, one ends up being better than the other.

Listen To These: "Loser", "One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not a Home", "Physical", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Safety Dance", "Bad Romance"]]> Tue, 18 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Glee Quick Tip by Sheri_in_Reho]]> Wed, 12 May 2010 02:21:06 +0000 <![CDATA[ Spoiler Alert* & 10 hours later…a lackluster performance that I can only hope looks better on the TV]]> So, I won two tickets to be in the audience for the Glee Finale taping on April 21, by immideently relpying to a tweet I saw . I was very excited, especially after a fabulous episode (The Power of Madonna) just aired and I was so hyped on it.
The call time was 2:30, and after scrambling around to see if the three other Glee fans in the world (my circle of friends) were able to go, I ended up dragged my less-than-enthusiastic boyfriend with promises of quick uplifting songs and $1 tacos after.
We got there at 2:35 and were greeted with an unfriendly, unmoving line wrapped around the city block. I was instantly discouraged, especially when the boy grunted in my ear “So, we are really going to stand in this long ass line?” All I could do was channel all my inner Glee love and distract both him and myself with 6 rounds of Yatzee. After over an hour of standing in line, we made it to the front, had our cell phones confiscated and entered the theater.
Things got instantly more exciting as we walked past the dressing room/coffee break area and saw Jane Lyntch (Sue Sylvester), Matthew Morrison (Will Shuster), and Jonathan Groff (Jeese St. James.) As we made our way into the theater, we were instructed to sit wherever we wanted (the theater was already pretty full, so we opted to get back row seats so we could talk and not disrupt anyone.)
40 minutes later, Vocal Adrenaline started filming their finale performance in the regional competition.

*Spolier Alert*  They did a very dancey, but amazing Bohemian Rhapsody. And yes, Jesse St. James is back with Vocal Adrenaline. *Spoiler Alert*

Watching them perform live was pretty cool, their dance moves were awesome and inventive. Those Vocal Adrenaline kids don’t do much singing, except for their star of course.
During takes, Matthew Morrison and Amber Riley (Mercedes) came out to answer questions. They were both really nice and welcoming to fans, signing autographs and just being very greatful for their fans, unlike some people I will tell you about later.
About 5 takes later, they started to break down the stage; in what we were hoping would be a New Directions performance. Vocal Adrenaline walked off the stage which gave us a glimmer of hope for a New Directions appearance.
Side Note: Lea Michele (Rachel) ran on stage and jumped on Jonathan Groff, in what could only be described as a straddled make out sesh. The crowd cheered for that…so it only confirmed what I had thought I saw. They were very very touchy and kissy from where I was sitting….Then they came up into the crowed to to a question and answer session. Not to mention, about four bodyguards.

Now, these two, Broadway superstars, were not phased and quite rude to the crowd, in comparison to the other cast members. Lea “wasn’t signing autographs” and would refuse to answer questions….when asked how long Jonathan and her had been together, she looked over at him longingly, her arm wrapped around him, and she says “we’ve known each other since winter of about 9 years?” Um..Lea..thats not the question. Either this is a very incestual platonic relationship, or Jonathan Groff is not gay, as his Wikipedia article and the rest of America claims…

Anyway, after those two buzzkiller got off the stage, A number of other, much more engaging and excited cast members came up, including Cory Monteith (Finn), Mark Salling (Puck), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Heather Morris (Brittney), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Naya Rivera (Santana) and Kevin McHale (Artie). They were all fun and nice, willing to sign autographs and take photos too. Kurt even walked all the way to the top (sans body guard) and hugged a women from his hometown.

Between these interviews, crew members passed out glow sticks for the big finale audience participation part. We got short instructions (follow the person in front of you) and Vocal Adrenaline came back to once again perform the same song, this time being filmed from the back, to capture the glow sticks swaying in the crowd.
A few minutes (hours maybe) the curtain went down, and they filmed the introduction of the judges. The Judges were

*Spoiler Alert* Josh Grobin, Olivia Newton John, news Anchor Rod Remmington, and Sue Sylvester *Spoiler Alert*

And then…we filmed the announcement of the winner! Twice…once with New Directions looking quite disappointed, and one with them clearly winning and cheering and celebrating. They did not actually announce who won, BUT

*Spoiler Alert*Kevin McHale (Artie), who was in a wheelchair, jumps out of his chair, making me think that they did not win, since I doubt Artie would be that overwhelmed he got his legs working again.*Spoiler Alert*

And FINALLY, almost 10 HOURS LATER, New Directions took the stage! They did a quick walk though, and finally finally finally preformed the finale song...

*Spoiler Alert* a mashup of journey songs, ending with Don’t Stop Believing.*Spoiler Alert*

We left after the first performance of the song, since it was already 10 pm and I had lost all enthusiasm. In the end of it all, it is always cool to see something behind the scenes…though it took soooooo long. It was hard to hear what was going on, especially during the Q and A, and they seemed disorganized. They did have bananas oranges and apples for people to snack on during the 10 hours, which I thought was lovely and helpful to get through the suffering.
As for the performances, from up top, they seemed a little…low energy…especially compared to seeing them on TV, I know for sure they will look much better on screen.
All in all, im a little upset I wasted half a work day and all of my precious napping hours in the day to hear one song over and over again and spend the rest of the time whispering to my neighbors, “wait, what did he just say?”
Next time your invited to your favorite TV show taping, remember think of this – is the magic worth being exposed? For me, not at all. I’m upset that Lea Micheles is so snotty in real life, as am that they have a lot of smoke and mirrors to make the performances look as stellar as they do on screen.
PS - Good news for Santana, Puck, Kurt and Tina fans – they are continuing to get way more solos. Yay!
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<![CDATA[Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]>! I cannot wait! Madonna is fabulous!]]> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:20:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Jane Lynch Quick Tip by Sheri_in_Reho]]> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 03:23:19 +0000 <![CDATA[My Absolute Favorite Glee Moments! (Season 1, Part 1)]]> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:12:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Songs from Hairography (Glee Episode 11)]]> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:05:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Glee Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 23:33:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Glee Quick Tip by QUEENBFLIX]]> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 02:55:23 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Best Thing about This Recital ...]]>
However, the worst thing about this recital is that Damrau's singing isn't very pleasant to hear. She's often quite shrill where she ought to be cerulean clear. Her tuning is shockingly undependable throughout her range. Her highest notes have a strained timbre that doesn't emerge convincingly from her normal range. Her vibrato is out-of-control, a trick of emotional projection rather than an ornament of phrasing. There's a hoary sentiment among aspiring sopranos, confronting the two arias of Mozart's Queen of the Night, the epitome of the coloratura repertoire, that "just to be able to sing them at all" should be regarded as miraculous, but that to sing them well is the divine right of only the greatest divas. Diana Damrau's performance on this CD might qualify as miraculous, but it's far short of divine.]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Review of "Glee: The Music, Volume 2"]]> Glee: The Music, Volume 1. One point of criticism right off hand; the songs featured on vol. 2 aren't as catchy and varied as those on the first volume of music. While volume 1 had songs that were very pop and upbeat, vol. 2 is heavy on songs that are a bit less pop and more on the melodramatic/slightly depressing side. As with the first volume, this doesn't include all of the songs from the 2nd quarter of the season. Missing are the tracks performed by the non-'Glee' cast, like 'Bootylicious', or the acoustic version of 'Papa Don't Preach', or the 'Hair / Crazy in Love' mash-up. While the songs on volume 2 are definitely good and are performed well above the typical cover/karaoke standard, the songs selected for this release are good but a bit similar and tame.

The Good: There are a few stand-out performances that I'm glad made it onto the release. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" performed by Amber Riley is truly one of the stand-out songs of the season this far. Riley always comes through with a big voice that one would not expect from her. While she may not get many scenes or episodes where the spotlight is on her, her voice is probably one of the best among the cast. Some of the best tracks are those that actually feature the entire cast rather than solo or duet performances (after all, the whole concept of a glee club is a group making music, right?). "Jump" and "Lean On Me" stand out as some of the best group performances, while "Endless Love" and "Smile (Charlie Chaplin Cover)" stand out as the best duets/smaller group performances. If anything, I felt volume 2 was a bit more balanced than the first volume that was heavy on Lea Michele's performances.

The Bad: Some of the songs were better within the context of the show. Stand alone, or perhaps without having seen the episode and situation that prompted the song, makes some of these songs have less of an impact. "I'll Stand By You" and "(You're) Having My Baby" are good examples of this; these are all parts of big arcs and ongoing plots in the show and are much more than just a cover of these big classics. "Proud Mary" is good, but it was a big number that came after an episode focusing on wheel-chair bound Artie (another underdeveloped character of the show along with Mercedes). As stated earlier, these songs reflect the serious nature and plots of the second quarter of the season and so they're a little less pop and upbeat and more rooted in the Glee club not fully accepting or embracing their status in the school (the subject of the two "Smile" songs), or teenage pregnancy ("(You're) Having My Baby", "I'll Stand By You") or the humorous plot involving a student crush on her teacher ("Don't Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl", "Endless Love", "Crush"). I wish it had been a tad bit more expansive to include some of the performances like "Bootylicious" to add some upbeat/fun moments, but that's a minor critique.

In all, a good release. Yes, a lot of these songs are 'cover' versions of popular artists' music but unlike all of these reality shows featuring horrid, lackluster karaoke performances, Glee really steps it up on most of their music to do justice to the music. If you're a fan of the show and haven't been downloading the tracks as they've been released each week by FOX, this is a great opportunity to get a majority of the performances all collected in a set. Check out Glee:The Music, vol. 1 as well for even more great music from the show.

Listen To These: "I'll Stand By You", "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "Lean On Me", "Smile (Cover of Charlie Chaplin Song)"]]> Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Glee: Vol. 1- A Few Missing Hits, But Good]]>
The Good: As stated before, don't be turned off that the 'Glee' soundtrack is full of cover songs. These are actually well performed and are not 'karaoke' or butchered like the cover songs on Fox's other hit show 'American Idol'. The best part of this soundtrack is that it offers something for all audiences. Yes, to a degree, the songs are somewhat cheesy. The show is about a high school choir - the songs are meant to be a little cheesy. Lea Michele is the lead vocalist of the cast, having a background in musical theater. Her performances are probably what you expect from a show of this nature; a bit over the top, big, Celine Dion-ish with lots of theatrics. Her version of Rihanna's "Take a Bow" is (in my opinion) better than the original with how she simply belts it out and adds a touch of emotion and sincerity/innocence to it that really sets it apart from just your typical "cover" song. Yet, another underestimated vocalist that's featured throughout the soundtrack is Amber Riley who has the sassy attitude necessary to deliver the hip-hop "Hate On Me" song and the pipes to belt out some show-stopping notes on Queen's "Somebody To Love." In all, the songs are high quality and it's fun to listen to cover versions of popular songs that aren't butchered or are a bit too big for those performing it. Guest vocalist/actress Kristin Chenoweth puts her stamp on the 'Cabaret' number "Maybe This Time" and Heart's 80s power ballad "Alone"; Matthew Morrison comes off as the awkward high school teacher trying to remain hip (and pulling it off to some degree) on hip-hop songs "Bust a Move" and "Gold Digger"; Amber Riley makes a lasting impression with the Jazmine Sullivan cover song "Bust Your Windows".

The Bad: Some of these songs are best enjoyed within the context of the show more so than as stand-alone songs. There are a few songs on this release that I felt weren't as great and could have been replaced with other songs from the show that didn't make the cut for this soundtrack. "Sweet Caroline" and "You Keep Me Hanging On" are just okay. "Defying Gravity" and "Taking Chances", while great vocal performances from Lea Michele, are just a little weak when you aren't able to see the actress fully perform the songs with her acting alongside her singing. There were some songs that made more of an impression on me as a viewer and listener of the show that I am a bit surprised didn't make the cut for the soundtrack (yet were released digitally): "Push It", "Rehab", "Mercy", "Last Name" "It's My Life/Confessions Part II", "Halo/Walking On Sunshine" were all some of the best moments from 'Glee' so far this season yet all of these songs were left off and we're left with mediocre numbers like "Defying Gravity", "Sweet Caroline", "You Keep Me Hangin' On" all make it? In part, I believe it was because some of these songs featured guest stars (or in the case of "Mercy" and "Rehab", groups) instead of the core cast. Still, it's a shame because I'd rather have the true best performances of the season (so far) on a disc and be forced to buy some of the other tracks digitally than the other way around.

In all, a good release with my main area of criticism being that some of the best musical moments of the season were left off. Still, 'Glee' and its music is worth purchasing. It's fun, upbeat music and the cast really manage to step in and put their own stamp on the music. This is one to add to your collection.

Listen To These: "Take a Bow", "Hate On Me", "No Air", "Alone"]]> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 12:00:00 +0000