Having seen the recent news about events in Baltimore, last year in Ferguson and in other areas across the United States, this song keeps popping into my head.
People say that rioting doesn’t solve anything, but perhaps this is the only way people feel they can be heard at the moment. The American Civil Rights movement didn’t end in the 1960s and 70s, it’s ongoing, as are the struggles for LGBTQ people and other minority groups who are marginalised and sidelined and are refused equal rights.
This song comes from ‘Hairspray’ the musical, this version was performed in Glee to support a character who was transitioning from female to male.
This week I’ve been re-ordering my ipod, adding podcasts, removing duplicates and sorting out new playlists.
I’ve got over 1200 tracks that fall under the ‘Musicals’ playlist, which is a little ridiculous really. Equally ridiculous is my ‘Glee’ playlist which has over 700 tracks. My brother is ashamed of my love for Glee, but I’m celebrating it, especially now that it is finishing its run in the US.
I’m a Glee fan, I have the board game, all the DVDs and two Glee karaoke games for my Wii. (I really need to get those moved up here)
I was one of those kids in school, I was in every choir, I auditioned for (nearly) every production. I made some great friends through our shared love of musicals, cheesy pop and singing together. When Glee started I loved it, because it was loud and brash and in your face. It was brilliant. It dealt with issues around love, loss, struggles, sexuality, gender identity, discovering who you are and standing up for that in the face of everything that the world might throw at you. Not every episode was a classic, not every cover was particularly great, but there were always funny one liners and Sue Sylvester.
I could have chosen ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as my tribute to Glee for this week’s song, but instead I’ve picked something a little bit more low key that also goes with my love of musicals.
I’ve posted two clips of the song below, the first is the original from Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, of course both complete legends who just blend together beautifully. The second is Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (Rachel and Kurt) from the show. To be honest, there’s at least 20 I could list as my favourite, but this just makes me want to sing both parts over and over.