June 08, 2010

obsessed.: Glee

It should come as no surprise to those of you who followed me over from Wordpress (or even know me a little), that I love Glee. I should say it again: I. Love. Glee. In honor of tonight's season finale, Glee is today's obsessed.
I love musicals, I love covers, I love ridiculous shows with ridiculous characters. However, those are not the only reasons I love Glee. When I was in high school, the only activity I lettered in was Show Choir.

(Junior year: I'm pretty much smack-dab in the middle.)

Although Glee is a farce, it hits home with me. I went to a small high school in southern Oregon. We didn't have much a of budget for show choir, so we had to fund-raise and make our own costumes and set up our own arrangements and choreography. My freshman year, the group was tiny—16 people. We went to a competition in Northern California with schools from all over the region, schools that had much more money and professional help.

We definitely stood out from the crowd. While the other schools were wearing sequins and spandex, we had raided the thrift store to find mechanics' coveralls and 1970s garb. The other schools performed medleys from music booklets to full bands. We performed the theme from Men in Black and "Saturday Night Fever" with a tiny band and a back-up tape.

And yet, we won first place in our small high school category. From that year on, everyone's numbers got a little less traditional. I don't like to brag, but I do like to think that we gave the competition a little kick in the pants.

With each year, the choir got bigger and we added more people to our backup band, but our budget certainly didn't grow exponentially. We still made our own costumes, out of pieces from WalMart and our own closets, and put together our own choreography and numbers. I can remember watching tapes of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC videos over and over ... and over.

All that to say, my love of Glee comes from a solid foundation.

Some of my favorite Glee numbers:

"Don't Rain on My Parade"
"Somebody to Love"
"Gold Digger"
"Don't Stop Believin'"
"Stand By Me"
"Dancing With Myself"

And a little sneak peek of tonight's episode:

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