We Are The Music-Makers

I don’t know about you, but I was a musical geek. If I could, I would live my life like a musical in a heartbeat. During my adolescence and teen years, I would often dance around singing about my life and as if it were a musical. I still remember being eleven and coming home from school to pop in my The Little Mermaid VHS and playing Part of Your World over and over just so that I could make sure I hit every note correctly and embracing the emotions the Ariel felt. I want to be part of that world too, Ariel! Me too!! Although, I rarely sang and danced in public, I have to admit, I was a wallflower. I usually sang in the privacy of my own home, even more privately, in my bedroom. Every now and then I would belt out, “WILL YOU PASS ME THE RIIIICE!!!” in vibrato, at my parents, during dinner. Even though my family has a great sense of humor, they’re also Asian, so they would often call me crazy for doing that. As a way to release some of my inner artist, I joined choir. But once again, wallflowers don’t do so well in public. I was only comfortable living my musical life with family and friends, but I have to say that choir did help to break me out of my shell a bit. As I got older, the music faded, although, it remained in my heart and soul.

To live life out like a broadway musical would be any music geek’s ultimate dream come true. Movies from the 50s, old variety shows, Disney’s classic animated feature films, all have brought music, singing and dancing to the masses from beyond the broadway stages. But like many things, during a certain period, mainstream musicals became a thing of the past… However, American culture has a certain soft spot for bringing “fads” back to life. So, like many classics, mainstream musical was once again the new “in thing” like you’re mother’s hippie 70’s dress. If you could turn any movie into a musical, it most likely would happen. Some of them were successes on the broadway stage and others, let’s just say you probably didn’t know it was even made into a musical. Everything is constantly being reinvented and brought to a newer generation to appreciate. That’s how broadway does it, so now the film and television makers are doing the same. One show in particular has come out on top… And no, I’m not talking about High School Musical.

Three years ago, a television show created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/tuck), Brad Falchuk (Nip/tuck), Ian Brennan aired on the FOX network. This show became every music geek’s, including myself, dream  come true. I actually can’t vouch for other music geeks, but I know for me, it has been the best thing to come to primetime! Of course, I’m talking about GLEE!

GLEEK OUT!!

I confess that I did not watch the show when it first aired, but I have a good excuse, I didn’t have cable. I still don’t, but what I do have is Netflix and Hulu Plus! I finally watched the first season of GLEE and I immensely enjoyed it. GLEE brought back all the emotions and memories of my time in choir and the love that I had for music. Music and song lyrics always had a powerful affect in my life and to watch and hear it all in GLEE, was such a wonderful thing! Call me a sap, but I would cry when I’d hear certain songs being sung in the show. I would love to relive my choir/glee years, and though, I could say that I could do without the high school drama like in the show, because, who would want to relive their high school drama —  it makes my time in choir that much more memorable. Just no crazy mad drama… Who am I kidding, drama just makes for better entertainment anyway. Like GLEE, I remember the diversity in the choirs I was in. We all came from different backgrounds and different social circles, but one thing brought us together, and it was the music. Music definitely forms a strong bond. Glee Club/Choir/Show Choir, if any of you have been in one, you would know that it was definitely a special time.

I could tell you more about GLEE, but I think most of you already know what GLEE is about and how funny and touching the show is. I just wanted to write an entry to let readers know that music geeks are welcomed here at Defective Geeks. Glee Club is always welcomed here.

 Maybe I can convince all the Defective Geekers to create a special DF Glee Club…?? Yeah? Yeah?

Watch GLEE as it makes it Season 3 premier this Tuesday, September 20th, 8/7c, on FOX. That’s tomorrow!

I need to catch up and watch season 2 quick!

On that note, I will leave you all with my favorite line.

“We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
-Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (and for you music geeks and movie buffs, it was also featured in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.)

Keep on making music! Keep on dreaming!

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Julia Nguyen is studying communications and journalism at the University of Utah, with a focus on ethnic studies that look into diversity in media, more specifically, Asian Pacific Americans in the media. Julia is originally from San Diego, California, has a love for pop culture, comics, anime, and for her two cats and two dogs.