It’s grad­u­a­tion time in Glee

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The third sea­son of Glee has come to an end. And, while the pop­u­lar TV se­ries will def­i­nitely be back for Sea­son 4, this last one was also in a way, an end­ing. This is be­cause the lead char­ac­ters, those se­niors in Mr. Will’s glee group, have now grad­u­ated from high school. You know how it goes in most suc­cess­ful TV shows, the char­ac­ters stay the same through­out the run. Re­mem­ber John Tra­volta as a high school se­nior dur­ing all four sea­sons of

Wel­come Back, Kot­ter? That is not go­ing

to hap­pen in Glee.

And this grad­u­a­tion happened with the ap­pro­pri­ate songs that have now been com­piled in an al­bum. Now I do not know which show, Glee or Amer­i­can

Idol, has re­leased more sound­track CDs, but I have a feel­ing that Glee is the more suc­cess­ful one in this re­gard. Not only be­cause of great sales, 43 mil­lion songs and 12 mil­lion al­bums sold and still count­ing, but also be­cause of its con­sis­tently well-pro­duced CDs and ex­cel­lent song

choices.

Prime ex­am­ples

of th­ese are the Show­stop­pers, The War­blers and Jour­ney To The Na­tion­als al­bums, where mot­ley col­lec­tions of songs gained new lives as Glee mu­sic. So I have come to ex­pect the same

with each Glee CD that comes along, plus, of course the sparkling per­for­mances from the tal­ented cast. And

that was why, Glee’s lat­est CD caught me off-guard. This is The Mu­sic Glee Sea­son Three, The Grad­u­a­tion Al­bum. Ev­ery­thing got even bet­ter with this one and the CD must be the best to come out of the se­ries.

It must be be­cause of the grad­u­a­tion theme. In­stead of us­ing just the best songs of the sea­son, the pro­duc­ers chose songs of tri­umph, We Are The Cham­pi­ons by Queen and Good Rid­dance (Time Of Your Life) by Green

Day; of in­spi­ra­tion, Edge Of Glory by Lady Gaga and Glory Days by Bruce Spring­steen; of en­cour­age­ment, I Won’t Give Up by Ja­son Mraz and Roots Be­fore Branches by Room For Two; and of even wist­ful good­byes, I Was Here by Bey­oncé and For­ever Young by Rod Ste­wart. The result is thor­oughly up­beat and

I am sure that next year’s grad­u­a­tion

events will take note of those songs.

It has to be next year be­cause the Glee al­bum missed this year’s cer­e­monies by two months be­cause kids here grad­u­ate in March, while those in the US in­clud­ing those who go to the fic­ti­tious Wil­liam McKin­ley High School grad­u­ate in June. So they will have

to wait till next year to try out those songs in school, most par­tic­u­larly, the cuts I like best in the col­lec­tion.

We Are Young by Fun fea­tur­ing Janelle Monae is per­formed by the New Di­rec­tions. This is one of the songs by which we will re­mem­ber the year 2012. It talks about dis­turb­ing non­sense but is so up­lift­ing and lots of fun. School’s Out by Alice Cooper is done by Mark Salling as Puck. I have not heard this one in so long but it still rocks. I’ll Re­mem­ber by Madonna from the movie With Hon­ors: One of Madonna’s great bal­lads done beau­ti­fully by Chris Colfer as Kurt. And You Get What You Give by the New Rad­i­cals and Not The End by So Manys — th­ese are good but lesser known songs. I am happy they made it to the al­bum and I dis­cov­ered their pos­i­tive mes­sages.

In a way, it is sad that the Glee char­ac­ters have grad­u­ated. Things will now surely change in the show. But on the other hand, that is also bet­ter than watch­ing ag­ing high school stu­dents. Matthew Mor­ri­son as Will

is def­i­nitely com­ing back next sea­son but I do not know who among the grad­u­ates will re­main in the show. If they do, will the se­ries now fol­low their in­di­vid­ual sto­ries or will there be a new batch of se­niors for Will’s glee club? And most im­por­tant of all, will th­ese kids be as good and ap­peal­ing as the orig­i­nal cast? No mat­ter. As of now,

Glee fans are happy over what a great send-off and rous­ing con­clu­sion the al­bum turned out to be.

And how fit­ting is this quote from the French poet Alphonse de La­mar­tine in the way mu­sic served to en­hance and

fur­ther the story of Glee: “Mu­sic is the lit­er­a­ture of the heart: It com­mences where speech ends.”

The Glee char­ac­ters have grad­u­ated. Who among the grad­u­ates will re­main in the show?

The CD must be the best to come out of the se­ries

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