a story punctuated by music

The Cory Monteith / Finn Hudson tribute episode of “Glee” (season 5, episode 3, “The Quarterback”) was aired recently (a week or two ago?), so I’ve gone back and re-watched a few old episodes as well since then. Well, not really whole episodes – I mostly just re-watched performances and stuff – but that’s not the point.

Also not the point but I thought the tribute episode was done so well. All the emotion… and still moments of humour (particularly classic Sue Sylvester humour). The music, the memories, the original cast returning…

Anyway, in the midst of my reminiscing, I came across the song “Barely breathing”, which is performed by Finn and Blaine in season 4, episode 4 (for those of you playing along at home), which I regard as “the break up episode” (not sure if it’s actually called “break ups” or something but everyone breaks up in that episode – sorry to spoil it if you’ve yet to watch it).

I really liked the song, so, out of curiosity, I went in search of the original version by the original artist. Turns out it was originally by Duncan Sheik, who released the song back in 1996. I was actually surprised to find out it’s a ’90s song because I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard it before. I really do like the song, though – both the original and the “Glee” version. And this is another reason why I like ‘Glee’: it introduces me to new songs and new interpretations of songs.

Speaking of new songs, and going back to the Finn tribute episode, I also really liked “Seasons of love” that the cast performed at the start of the episode. Makes me want to watch “Rent” (which is where the song is from).

And speaking of new interpretations, the other night, I happened to be watching “The X Factor”, and one of the male contestants sang Cindi Lauper’s “Girls just wanna have fun”. To be fair, he did do a great job with it, but the praise that he (and his coach) got for being so original hardly seemed justified. I’m not trying to have a go at anyone here – I’m just saying that Cory AKA Finn already performed that on “Glee”.

On yet another side note, that “break up episode” is probably one of my favourites in terms of music. And it’s not because they sing songs I love, but because of the performances, the context, the meaning, etc. Other than “Barely breathing”, I also particularly like the performances of “Don’t speak” and “The scientist”.

Just going off on another tangent (because this is my blog and I’ll write what I want) but I really like the MV for “The scientist” (Coldplay). I remember watching it as a kid and thinking how cool it was. I also vaguely remember seeing an interview that Chris Martin did in which he explained that he had to learn to sing the song backwards so that when the video was played backwards, the song would the be right way around.

Ok, that’s probably enough rambling for one post. Sometimes it just feels like I need to write about certain things/events to sort of put my mind at ease.

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