Opinion Blog: ‘Glee’ Creator Causes Grief

April 15, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Joey Richardson
joeyr@smu.edu

No one should tell musicians, poets or artists what to do with their songs, poems or paintings.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the inexplicably popular show Glee, never got that memo.

He lashed out at the musicians who refused to let him use their music. The musicians don’t like the show. They don’t want their music to be associated with the show and they shouldn’t be called names for that.

The fact that Murphy feels he needs to malign the individual bands that said no to him, tells me that the success of his show has gotten to his head.

Who made him king of all things music?

Ryan Murphy has since learned the error of his ways and apologized. But his comments exposed an interesting divide in the music community.

On one side are those devils, those irresponsible monsters who said no to him. Slash of Guns and Roses, Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon, and Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters all form the camp against Glee.

On the other side is the man at the piano, Sir Elton John and other self proclaimed “Gleeks.” John told the anti-glee element to “lighten up” but the man misses the point.

It is the artist’s prerogative to dictate how their music is used. They felt their music would suffer by being on the show and they refused. They were right to do so. Artists should not compromise themselves simply because there is a threat of a backlash.

These artists have been painted as villains who spray bad language around like it’s bad cologne. In reality, Murphy pulled the insult trigger first.

His language and anger toward the groups was so vehement it confused the front man of Kings of Leon, Caleb Followill.

“This was never meant as a slap in the face to ‘Glee’ or to music education or to fans of the show,” Followill said, “We’re not sure where the anger is coming from.”

If Glee’s creator can’t handle rejection, maybe he picked the wrong business. He should just stick to terrible artists like Ke$ha, Lady Gaga or Color Me Bad and leave the musicians who pour everything they have into their music alone.

Courtenay’s Cuts: Session 15

January 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

OLD
Elton John – Someone Saved my Life Tonight (1975)

So I’ve basically been on a huge Elton John kick lately. Let’s just say I’ve listened to this track way too much in the past week. I’m just itching to sing this the next time I go out to do karaoke (a favorite pastime). Talk about a catchy refrain. This song is just one of many other things that are leading me to discover how great the 1970s really were. So expect to see a lot from this decade these next few months on Courtenay’s Cuts.

NEW
Vampire Weekend – Horchata (2010)

I loves this song from the very first line, “In December, drinking horchata.” I’d like to mention now that horchata is one of the best things to result from humankind. I’m always down for some sweet, milky horchata. So I can personally identify with this song. I’m also impressed with the rhyming of ‘horchata’ with ‘balaclava’. Nerdy indie pop at its finest. As a side note, if you’re looking for horchata in Dallas, my personal recommendation is the Fiesta at Ross and Henderson. You won’t be sorry.

BORROWED
Yo La Tengo – Little Honda (1997)

Yes, I know it seems like I write about Yo La Tengo constantly. But they’re so good! And how could I resist writing about their Beach Boys cover just two days before they will be in Dallas to play a show? Upon first listen of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (one of my FAVORITE Yo La Tengo albums), I didn’t even realize this was a cover. I was searching for the deep hidden metaphors in the lyrics, then I realized that it’s just a song about taking a girl out on your “motorbike”.

BLUE
Dean Martin – Little Ole Wine Drinker Me (1967)

This is one of those songs that doesn’t necessarily sound sad because of the tempo and bouncy melody. But battling a broken heart with alcohol isn’t exactly lighthearted fare. When you’re crying in the corner of a bar over a lost love, it’s time to make a change. I love country music.

where you’ll find me
1/27: The Fiery Furnaces at The Lounge on Elm Street – I’m definitely taking advantage of seeing this band play in such a small venue! I can’t wait!
1/30: Yo La Tengo at Granada Theater – one of my favorite bands ever.