Monday, December 14, 2009
Bringing Glee to TV by Chris Schaben
A new musical sensation is quickly becoming a hit across the nation. No, I’m not talking about a new sequel to the lame High School Musical series. I’m talking about Glee! This new television series began this year on Fox and has been becoming a favorite TV show to many music fans everywhere. And as a Gleek (a name Glee fans refer to themselves as), I am going to point out why you should be watching this show!
Glee is a musical dramedy (drama/comedy) about a group of high school misfits in a high school glee club, or show choir. Many of the main characters have their own problems fitting into modern high school society. Some of these students include a football player who has a secret desire to join glee club, a cheerleader who was kicked off the squad after her coach found out she was pregnant, a boy who has is afraid of what people will think when he announces he’s gay, and a paraplegic boy who wonders if the glee club will accept him even if he can’t dance.
The main story of the show follows the Spanish teacher, William Schuester, who was once a glee club member himself and wants to revive the glee club back to its former glory. The only problem is that many students in the school think glee club is lame and everybody thinks they will get made fun of if they join. And to make matters worse, the cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, wants to make sure the glee club doesn’t steal the spotlight for her squad, the Cheerios. However, with a sense of pride and determination, Mr. Schuester finds members who are willing to face the challenges required to be in glee club. Together, the members learn to accept people for who they are and remember that they are in the club to have fun no matter how many people mock and bully them.
Not only is the story a great inspiration, but the phenomenal music the cast sings is probably the reason so many people have gotten hooked on the show. Glee features popular music from all kinds of different genres including rock, pop, country, R&B, hip-hop, and show tunes. Some of my favorite songs they have covered on the show are “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Somebody to Love” by Queen, “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Jump” by Van Halen, and “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne. Plus, all the music is available to buy on iTunes, or you can buy Glee: The Music Volume 1 and Volume 2 on CD now!
Unfortunately, the season finale of the show was on TV on Wednesday, December 9th, but you can still watch several of the episodes online for free at fox.com. Also, the DVD of the first 13 episodes will be released on December 29th, so now you will have something you can spend all your Christmas gift cards on! The show will return sometime in spring. But until then, you can listen to the watch the episodes or listen to the music (over and over again because it’s amazing) while you wait!
If you watch Glee, please comment and let me know why this new show appeals to you! And if you haven’t seen Glee yet, I would highly recommend you to go to fox.com immediately and watch as many episodes as you can. With the diverse kinds of music used, anybody who loves music is sure to enjoy this show. So give it a try, and let me know what you think!