Between the airing of the pilot in May to the launch of the series in September, my music in the summer of '09 was all about one thing: GLEE! I re-watched the pilot some crazy amount of times, not least of which to show it to my Danish friends and say, "See? This is what I (kinda) did in high school!" I listened to the two singles from the pilot like crazy as well, and this song was my favorite:
Amazing how, at the time, we didn't realize the foreshadowing in seeing Santana, Quinn, and Puck looking on from the back of the house... by a few episodes into the season, they too, would be singing and dancing with the so-called losers.
Cooler yet? Realizing that I wasn't even remotely alone in catching Glee fever... check out how stoked the audience is when the original 6-person ensemble performs live on Oprah, joined halfway through the number by the other 6:
(I just wish they hadn't overbalanced Lea Michele's mike so badly... plenty of the other ladies have fantastic voices too!)
And the awesomest thing about the season 1 finale? The recap of this number, with the fully expanded New Directions show choir, as part of a Journey medley for Regionals (Don't Stop Believin' starts at 4:20):
I love how the medley perfectly touched back and summed up to the major musical themes of the season: emotionally-charged duets between Finn and Rachel (Faithfully), awesome mashups (Anyway You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'), plus this song and everything it meant in the context of the series: never stop believing in yourself, and you can achieve things you'd never dreamed were possible.
This wraps up my version of the 30 Days of Music Meme. I've had a lot of fun doing it, and hope you guys have had fun listening, viewing, and reading along. I hope to see more of you do this meme, as it's a fantastic insight into my friends' musical tastes.