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.

Kings of Leon Concert Review

September 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Mai Lyn Ngo
mngo@smu.edu

Whether you had front row seats, were in the moshpit, or sprawled on the lawn, the night was absolutelly perfect.

Kings of Leon walked on to the stage around 9:30 p.m. and immediately the crowd responded with love, whistles, and cheers.

Right away, phones and cameras went up to capture the moments of the night.

The drums, guitar, and lyrics resonated throughout Superpages.com Center, the group appeared on the multiple flat screens so even the furthest fan could catch a glimpse of the Kings.

As fans enjoyed their drinks to what some have dubbed this group as “the southern strokes”, fans rocked, jumped and swayed to their favorite songs.

Superpages Center was nearly packed with fans of all ages.

Kings performed about 16 to 20 songs from all of their albums including their album “Only By The Night”.

Fans sang along with “Sex on Fire” as if they were the Kings of Leon themselves.

Even though lead singer Caleb Followill said his voice was not at 100 percent, he still sang with power and performed all his songs, including crowd favorite “Use Somebody”, beautifully.

Overall, it was a very satisfactory show complete with a fire show, light show, and amazing talent.