Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Like all movies or television programs about music, the show is full of over-produced fantasy numbers. The recent Britney Spears episode had most of the songs as fantasy sequences, which seems redundant in a show where a glee club sings new hit songs perfectly each week, complete with back-up band, dancers, lights, and costumes. The show depicts what we all wish we sounded like, the perfect performance that we give in the shower, the sense of joy in community and the ability to express yourself in song.
But the show isn't meant to be a realistic documentary, I know. To me, it's meant to capture the optimism and pluckiness that can define youth, and that we all need to reclaim during times of trouble and times of joy. Like a church choir, the characters sing to express themselves in words and tunes. Each listener hears something different, but I think Jane Lynch (who plays Sue Sylvester) put it best in a recent interview with Larry King:
"Musicians...basically love music, and they understand the power of music. I think it touches them all very deeply that this is a show that celebrates making a joyful noise."