I’m not sure how I feel about Glee, which premiered on Fox last night. Having sung in choruses for several years, maybe I know too much about glee clubs and vocal music.
I realize the show’s supposed to be about so much more than music. And that its music needs to be over-the-top. But knowing that doesn’t stop me from cringing at the ridiculousness of it all.
For instance, the Carmel “glee club” performers were all dancers, not singers. It’d be one thing to have dancers with the some singing experience. At least then the lip-synching would likely have been more convincing. But what aired was just awful. Perhaps it was meant to be.
As for “Don’t Stop Believing,” it was a terrific rendition. (And a song I absolutely love.) But so enhanced. Three backup singers able to imitate an entire instrument section, complete with reverberation? Five kids sounding like an entire chorus? And worse, a group that’s supposed to be rated on vocal music being backed up by a “swing” band? My head hurts.
I’m afraid the two young leads will always be the group’s soloists. Yes, they’re very talented. And they’re the show’s teenage leads. But is it possible to ask for some of the other kids to be recognized? Maybe if the show runs long enough I’ll get my wish. Or maybe I’ll get my wish in the next few episodes (which won’t air until this fall).
Just one last gripe: I don’t find Rachel to be terribly sympathetic, what with her self-proclaimed “star” quality and her tendency to over-perform. Perhaps she’s supposed to be exaggerated what with her stomping around the stage and making googly eyes when singing with Finn. After all, this is her fantasy, to be working so closely with one of the “cool” kids. And since she’s so caught up in her own wonderfulness, I’d really like to see her knocked down a peg or two, be a backup singer while someone else gets to shine. Because life is like that.
Eh. I’m probably over-thinking the whole thing.