Friday, September 24, 2010

All Things Glee

One of my favorite moments on the tv series, Glee, was when music theater geek and budding fashionista Kurt showed up for football tryouts announcing: "Hi. I'm Kurt Hummel and I'll be auditioning for the role of kicker."

Another favorite: when the frequently clueless Finn said of the library, with the guilelessness of youth: "Did you know that you can take books home from there?"

"Yes," said Mr. Schuester.

"For free?"


To which I'd add: "And CDs and DVDs, too, and yes, all for free!"

If you can't get enough of Glee, the Fox tv series about a high school show choir, you can further indulge yourself with Glee related CDs and DVDs from the library.

A great starting place is Glee. Season 1, Volume 1: The Music. A highlight for me is the soaring "Defying Gravity," with Lea Michele as Rachel and Chris Colfer as Kurt trading verses of the Wicked show-stopper. (I confess that Kurt is my favorite, played by Colfer with sweetness, humor and heartbreaking vulnerability.)

Other Glee CDs are:

Glee, The Music. Season 1, Volume 2. Check it out for Lea Michele's performance of My Life Would Suck Without You.

Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna

Glee. Volume 3, Showstoppers: The Music

Glee, The Music. Journey to Regionals

If you're unfamiliar with Glee but curious, you can also place a hold on the DVD Glee. Season 1, Volume 1, Road to Sectionals or Glee. The Complete First Season, which is currently on order.

We even have a novel for teens based on the show, Glee: The Beginning, an Original Novel.

One final Glee tidbit: one of the co-creators and writers, Ian Brennan, grew up in Mt. Prospect and attended Prospect High School, where he was a member of the show choir. Nominated for an Emmy award, Brennan writes the gleefully wicked Sue Sylvester's witty and biting dialog. ("Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep expecting racist animated Disney characters to pop up and start singing songs about living on the bayou.")

Do you have a favorite Glee character, moment, song or line of dialog?


Lynne said...

My favorite character is Rachel Berry. I love her voice and energy. When I was in high school show choir there were so many girls like her, with that combination of poise and insecurity, talent and self absorption.

Anonymous said...

My favorite song/scene was Artie singing "Dancin' with Myself" with great poignancy - since he is in a wheelchair and will never getup and dance, as it were. The Billy Idol rocker became so sweet, and yet still masculine. It was great.

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