Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Mash-Up of All Mash-Ups: 5 Seconds of Every #1 Song Ever

BuzzFeed: 5 Seconds Of Every #1 Song Ever (Through 1992)

This is one of the greatest music compilations I have ever heard. Can it please be released as an album now?

I recommend setting aside an hour of your time to listen to this masterpiece. It's worth it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

These Just In! Glee Original Songs

I've been critical of Glee as of late, yet as soon as I learned the cast would be performing original songs in this year's Regionals episode, I decided to put my faith in the songs' abilities to make me believe in the series again. As I read articles about how the songs would be grounded in the show, such as this Entertainment Weekly article, I got more and more excited that the music would end up in the league of Glee classics like "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Somebody to Love."

The songs premiered this morning, and my initial verdict is, they did not disappoint! Without further ado:

I can't wait to see New Directions perform these songs at their Regionals competition in the Glee episode airing Tuesday, March 15th!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blame It On My Insecurities.

I need to say something about last night's Glee episode, as it addressed a social issue I'm quite passionate about: the glorification of excessive alcohol consumption in our culture, particularly its depiction as a rite of passage for teenagers.

I think that everyone is going to view this episode differently based on their views of adolescent drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol in general. I personally have a lot of opinions on both sides of this debate, but for now, I'm going to stick with my reactions to the way the episode presented the issue.

I didn't drink in high school, and it was something I was really insecure about then. I’m 24 now, and I still don’t drink very heavily. I’ve come to feel comfortable with my choices and respect that others may approach alcohol differently as they grow up (and as adults), but my insecurities still exist. Thus, seeing the Glee club and teachers, ahem, experimenting with alcohol, as entertaining as it was, brought out a lot of those feelings within me that I’m less of a person, or haven’t lived because I don’t drink heavily, and I’m not happy about that. Even though the episode showed the consequences of excessive drinking in a refreshing way, this is a show that supposedly speaks to viewers who have felt outcast within the high school experience and the world-at-large, and I can't deny that it made me feel insecure this week. I realize this is just a television show, yet I’m still really relieved to be watching it in my twenties, post-college rather than in high school or college.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This Performance Made Me Really Happy Tonight.

"Firework" - Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), as featured in "Silly Love Songs," Glee.

(Video courtesy of Alanna Yao.)

That's all for now. Rachel Berry, thank you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Commercial Round-Up: My Top Three

What's Mug for Thought without a Glee update in some form? The show was a major theme of this year's Super Bowl, from Lea Michele opening the event with her stellar rendition of "America the Beautiful" to "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" episode which followed the game, resuming the show's second season. This full commercial actually aired during Glee rather than the Super Bowl, yet was promoted throughout the game and was nice to see after all the typical, male-targeted commercials. In reading a review of "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle," I learned that the commercial was also a homage to a classic 1950's Chevrolet advertisement.

A montage of scenes from my favorite television shows will always win me over, no pun intended. Note another Glee reference here.

Best of all:

Who didn't want to be a kid again after seeing this commercial? The television spot definitely succeeded in tapping into my emotions, and someone who has always been interested in advertising, I know that to always be a sponsor's primary goal.

I hope you enjoyed these commercials as much as I did. May the Force be with you.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Poll: Did you cry seeing 'Toy Story 3'?

Poll: Did you cry seeing 'Toy Story 3'?

Of course I did.

Note: I know the timing of this post is somewhat random, but I found it in my draft bin this weekend and wanted to share it with you.

Also, the movie is nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature Film, and I predict is a lock to win the latter honor.