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Music Review:: Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album

7 Dec

As soon as a “Glee” album releases, I’m one of the first in line to buy it (unless it’s a “theme” EP.)  Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album is a mix of Christmas songs with a B12 shot of cheer.

Lea Michele, who plays diva Rachel Berry on the show, carries the album with her big incredible, voice performing both solo renditions of Karen Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” and the traditional “O, Holy Night.” Michele’s performance is chilling, beautiful, and well controlled.  The hilarious thing part is this—her character on “Glee” is Jewish.  Then again so is Mark Sailing’s character, but that doesn’t stop him from mixing it up with the guys on their big band version of “Jingle Bells.”

The cast songs are undoubtedly the best, but a few soloists such as Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Matthew Morris (Will) do stand out.  But I really hate the “Glee” version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Call me intolerant, but two guys (Kurt/Blaine) singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” weirds me out, plus I’ve never been a big fan of Chris Colfer’s high tenor voice.  Also, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” featuring k.d. lang is just strange.  Do we really need Matthew Morrison reading from Dr. Seuss’s original text?  The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Overall, the album is a great tribute to the season of glee, er make that, joy.  Gleeks everywhere will happily lap it up…and really, 10 good songs out of 12 ain’t bad.

“Glee” Goes A Little Too Wild

21 Oct

Like many gleeks  (“Glee” fans), I tune into the show every Tuesday night eager to hear what songs the cast will perform.  Season 2 has been a bit disappointing to me.  I mean, who thought “Britney Spears” night was a good idea?  And what’s with the pseudo-lesbian relationship between Britney and Santana? But the bigger question the minds of fans, and really, everyone is this—what is up with that GQ cover?

The cover features scantily clad “Glee” stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Dianna Agron wearing, well, not much of anything.  The picture of the trio insinuates the sexy stars are involved in a frolicking three-way (at least that’s my take on it).  The feature article includes risqué photos of the three, especially Michele, who plays conservatively dressed Rachel Berry on the show.  Michele is featured in her panties nastily licking a lollipop while standing by a locker.  Agron plays a naughty cheerleader—a picture that would make “Glee’s” cheerleading coach, Sue Slyvester, kick Agron off the squad.  Only Monteith is fully clothed as he bangs out something on the drum set.

The controversy surrounding the magazine cover has attracted the attention of many, including the ladies on “The View.”  Their only defense?  Well, all the stars are over 21.  So, it’s OK to be smutty as long as you’re old enough?

Last week when I was at the mall, I stopped by Claire’s to look for cute Halloween earrings.  In the store was a display of “Glee” junk, including lockets featuring Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith’s character), key chains, jewelry, journals, and other items.  Generally, tween and younger teen girls shop at Claire’s (as evidenced by the Selena Gomez music blasting from the speakers).

So, “Glee” is marketing itself to both teens—young teens at that—and men who like to see young women in their undies?  Is it just me or is the show stretching their demographics too thin? Recently, I also saw Lea Michele on the cover of another magazine, Glamour, wearing a sweater and panties. Does this girl just dislike pants, skirts, shorts and other bottom wear?

Apparently, “Glee” isn’t as squeaky clean as I’d hoped it would be, but then again, there were a few moments last season I considered turning the show off.  The cast—its actors—represent the show, no matter how hard the show is trying to distance itself from the controversy.  “Glee” needs to figure out what kind of show it wants to be—a quirky little show about a high school glee club—or one that caters to the sexually lascivious.

Music Video:: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”–Glee Cast

5 May

Now that “Glee” has moved to Tuesday night, I’ve been able to get over that midweek hump with new zeal.  Last night’s episode featured an amazing song sequence featuring character Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with the three “Glee” guys she’s been involved with in some way, shape, or form.  Personally, I’m on Team Finn and think Jesse needs to get his butt back to Vocal Adrenaline.  I know, if you don’t watch “Glee” that totally went over your head.  “Glee” fan or not, I’m sure that you will enjoy this video to help you through your Wednesday!

Note: I don’t know what’s up with Rachel’s owl sweater.  I’m not even sure whether I love it or hate it.

If you missed “Glee” last night, check out this great recap via Gather.com.

Amy’s Favorite Things, Vol. 2

9 Dec

Since Oprah dropped the ball on her favorite things this year, it looks like I’m going to have to take up the slack (incidentally, I’ll also be taking over for Oprah when the daytime talk show queen turns in her microphone).  I’m sorry I won’t be able to send Backseat Writers a crap load of cool stuff to celebrate “Amy’s Favorite Things” (AFT) but you do have a chance to win an AFT Prize Pack, which includes an Oh Deer Super Dooper Pocket Pooper Keychain, a stuffed cow I got for free at Chick-Fil-A, an unopened package of Ice Breakers Ice Cube Gum I found on my desk, a beautiful star ornament created with my very own hands, and a personalized Christmas card with a holiday picture of my dogs inside (actually, anyone can get one of those, just e-mail me your mailing address).  Who needs fancy schmancy items like digital cameras and expensive make-up when you get can win stuff like this?

Without further ado, I present you with my favorite things of 2009.


Every month the world’s largest online retailer picks 50 albums that cost only $5 to download (but they picked 100 for December).  And every-so-often they slash prices even more—to a mere $2.99.  Over the year, I’ve been able to snag the latest from Sherwood, Owl City, Mat Kearny, and others.  Right now (12/09), you can get Green River Ordinance’s Out of My Hands (read interview), Switchfoot’s Hello Hurricane,  Relient K’s Let it Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer, The Almost’s Monster Monster, Beach Boys’ Pet SoundsThe Turtles’ Greatest Hits and The Elf Soundtrack –all for only $5.


Yes, people, I’ve joined the Twitter revolution!  It’s oh-so-fun to exchange silly banter—all in 140 characters or less. (Incidentally, that gushing statement about Twitter is only 119 characters!)


OK, while Kristin Chenoweth isn’t a thing; she’s a person and I’ve written about her before (“Snooked on Pushing Daisies“), but there’s more Cheno love to share.  Last spring, Kristin released her authobiography, A Little Bit Wicked, this fall she starred on one of my favorite shows, “Glee” (also performing a rousing duet of “Alone” with Matthew Morrison aka “Mr. Shue”) and she just made a Lifetime movie, The Twelve Men of Christmas.  Plus,  she’s the voice of Rosetta the fairy in the Tinkerbell movies.  There there’s Maddie’s Corner, an organization started by Kristin to help people and animals.  Yes, Kristin has a dog named Maddie and I have a dog named Maddy (Madalyne)!  Who knew? Suffice to say, Kristin Chenoweth is still smokin’ hot and undoubtedly one of my favorite things, er, people.


I’ve known about these things for a while, but they never fail to crack me up.  Maybe I’m just immature, but a reindeer with a cranky face pooping brown candies out of his butt is really funny to me.  Plus, the candy-filled key chains and toys have all sorts of hilarious names like Poo-lar Bear (The Sub-Zero Poopin’ Hero), Baa Humbug Sheep (The Grumpy Party Pooper), and Oh Deer! (The Super Duper Reindeer Pooper). Because I love these things so much, I’m offering one of these little guys in my Prize Pack.  It’s a keychain version of Oh Deer for Pooper lovers on the go.


Is this show great or what?  Singing, dancing, high school drama, a hot Spanish teacher—it’s all the stuff that I wish I had in high school (minus the drama—no one wants that!)  Plus, the cast on “Glee” can really sing.  I’m especially impressed with Lea Michele who plays young starlet Rachel Berry (my fave character) and Matthew Morrison’s vocals have really grown on me (especially during his “Alone” duet with Kristin Chenoweth as well as his mash-up of “Young Girl” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”).  Jane Lynch is also notable as the gym teacher everyone loves to hate—Sue Slyvester.  And that’s how Amy sees it.  Hmm, sounds better when Sue says it.


What a storage site!  Not only can TinyPic be integrated into your social networks like Twitter and Facebook, but it also offers dandy photo editing tools to touch up digital photographs in a hurry.  No need to use Photoshop for minor edits and TinyPic offers a ton of storage, as well as printing options (which I have yet to use).


Hooded scarves with pockets (HSwP) are a fashion must (guys, feel free to tune out).  It’s a hat!  It’s a scarf!  And it’s got pockets for storage!  I’ve only seen two of these out in the great wide yonder—there was a beautiful cream-colored HSwP at Target for around $17, but the knitting was shabby and coming undone—pass!  I found another HSwP online at Bath & Body Works of all places—a pink, gray, and white patterned beauty that cost $20 on clearance; it has since disappeared.  Sadly, the HSwP pictured on the left is $200, and even though it has faux fur and button—that is still way too pricey.  Even this amazing brown Fair Isle knit is $50, but I can’t figure out how it looks when worn.  If any of you know of any hot deals on HSwP (buttons preferred), let me know!

Well, that wraps up another year of Amy’s Favorite Things !  Now I suppose you want to know how to win AFT Prize Pack.  It is *so* easy.  All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me (and the world) about one of your favorite things!  If you Tweet or write a Facebook status note about the contest, you get an extra entry (one for Twitter, and one for Facebook for a grand total of three entries!)  Hint: if you follow @amysondova or @backseatwriter on Twitter, you can RT (reTweet) what I say.  I only wish I was eligible to win this contest.  The contest ends on 12/16 at 12 PM EST. Oh, and don’t forget to re-visit all my favorite things from last year!

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