Ok, I’ll level with you oh anonymous blog reader. I like the FOX TV show “Glee”. They’ve got a nice little thing going there with a fun cast of characters, energetic arrangements of some classic tunes and hoo doggy can that little Lea Michele belt a tune out something fierce!

Recently I was in attendance at the finals for an American Idol-type contest for the Toronto District School Board. The “opening act”(if one can really have an opening act for a high-school knock-off of a reality show) was a choir of mentally challenged students. Yes, there were a lot of polite smiles and cheers but in all honesty they were pretty good and the crowd got behind them. They may not have been Vocal Adrenaline or even New Directions circa Glee episode 1 but as the host, Funkmaster Flex(or something), said, they really showed us the joy of music.

And I guess that’s what I like about Glee. It may not be completely my style of music(quite often it’s the polar opposite) but the spirit is there. Good songs, punctuating the emotional arcs of the characters, delivered with passion and enthusiasm….even if they tend to have the beautiful singers front-and-centre and the aforementioned Lea Michele is an established broadway singer. You know, it’s very telling to just compare the title of this show with another music-oriented show: “Glee” vs. “Idol”. As a musician I can tell you that there is much glee to be had in music. What the hell does being an idol have to do with music?

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