December 29th, 2012

Maiden's Blush rose

Friday into Saturday - TV rambling

I dozed off at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.  I think I know why.  I woke at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.  I've got to try to get more sleep.

This is totally not a spoiler-free journal.  I've been reading various Glee spoilers.  Blaine is supposed to do a Queen song, and there's a lot of speculation as to which one it will be.  One suggestion was "The Show Must Go On."  I said on Tumblr that I'd like for Kurt to do that one.  I've been influenced by what Glorfindel says on the Glee forum, in the "Kurt's Singing Voice" and "Songs and Singers of Glee" forums.  I said that CC has the range and strength of voice to do the more vocally demanding Queen songs.  I said that DC doesn't have that vibrato.  That was from what Glorfindel said (http://www.gleeforum.com/index.php/topic/24910-songs-and-singers-of-glee/page__st__780__p__2145759#entry2145759), but you can hear it.  As is evident from many of my posts, I like both performers.  I would rather hear CC do Queen songs.  He could have handled all of "We Are the Champions," in my opinion.

I used to listen to "The Show Must Go On" all the time in college.  It's one of the Queen songs I'm most familiar with, and perhaps my favorite.  If Blaine does it, Kurt won't.  I'm sure I'd like a Blaine version, but it would have to be much different from the original.  Kurt's the one who gets close to the original with some songs, like as Riff Raff and in "Love Shack."  He could get a lot closer to the original on a Queen song.

Added: I heard what song Blaine's supposed to be doing, and I think I'll like it.  I jumped to conclusions.  I'll post more about it when I actually hear it.

Added a couple of weeks later than that: I listened to Blaine's version of "Don't Stop Me Now."  Blaine's a great performer, so I'll have to see what it looks like on the show and what context it's in.  Otherwise, though, like RM (Racheline Maltese) says (http://lettersfromtitan.tumblr.com/post/42251059220/dont-stop-me-now-glee-cast-version-this-is), "there was no way to win this one."  Very few people have the kind of voice Freddie Mercury did.  Very, very few.
Paul Neyron rose 2

Saturday so far and rambling about TV


From an earlier post: I dozed off at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. I think I know why. I woke at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Today: I think I finally fell back to sleep at 5-something.  I got up around noon.  I fixed scrambled eggs.  This may be culinary blasphemy, but I didn't notice a whole lot of difference in taste between scrambled eggs made with light cream, like I made today, and scrambled eggs made with 2% milk, which is what is usually around.  The eggs today got rather browned, but not burned.  I'm still getting used to the burners on the new stove.  The flames lick up around a small pot or pan, so I made sure I didn't have any pieces of clothing dangling.

It's snowing here, and has been since I got up.  I think we're supposed to get three inches of snow.  I don't think I'm going out today.  I asked for an editing job to work on, and should get it tonight.  I finished up the last one Thursday night.

I sat under the sunlight-like lamp for a while.  I'm still not doing it at a particular time of day, though I'm trying to have it not more than two or three hours after I get up.  I read some of Ethelyn Emery Keays' Old Roses, which was originally published in 1935.  I'd read it a couple of times before.  I may go back to reading Intersex in the Age of Ethics.  I wonder how much has changed since that book was published in 1999.  It's been 13 years.  I wonder if there's less surgery on intersexed kids now.

I've been thinking of "Glee, Actually" again, and how there's now a canon alternate universe, at least a dream one.  I wonder what things would have been like if Artie hadn't gone back to his own timeline.  He tried to fix things in the dream, but didn't accomplish it by singing.  One song couldn't change an entrenched bullying culture.  The jocks were still homophobic.  Kurt had had at least four years of being harassed and abused by other students in Artie's dream AU.  In what passed for the "real world" of Glee, he had at least two years of it, with a respite at season two Dalton, and then being basically left alone by season three's bullies.  Not that Kurt's senior year was a good year, but he wasn't harassed like he had been.

Hearing that Quinn had died in that AU was one of the things that made Artie decide to go back.  There wasn't anything he could have done about that.  The bit about her dying of a broken heart, in her broken body, was one of the things that I thought some disability activists would rage about.  I pictured a lot of fury over the whole sequence, with Artie walking and dancing. 

I still wonder what else Artie would have tried to fix in that world.  There were so many things that followed from that culture not changing.  There was canon acknowledgment of how important Artie was to ND.  There's a lot of meta talk about how Artie likes to have a frontman, but he's really the leader of ND.  That pretty much confirmed it.  There are things in the main timeline Artie needs to fix.  Blaine could still be something of a frontman, but Blaine has his own issues.  Artie's going to have to be direct.

Homophobia isn't so big a problem at McKinley in the way that it was, but there's still plenty of sexism, and there's transmisogyny.  There's overt racism, too, where before the racism underlaid interactions, but Sue was really the only one who said things outright.  Mercedes finally got to say that she didn't get the part of Maria in West Side Story because she's Black, and Artie said that that had been last year, as if she should have gotten over it.  Artie's seeing a lot of racism this year.  He's not as sexist as he started out being, thanks to Tina, but he's still got a ways to go there.  I don't know if he has any idea how to handle transmisogyny.  Finn doesn't.  Blaine probably would.  Artie needs to get everyone working together.  That idea has been reinforced for him now.