Glee – A 3D Perspective

While I loathe the term “Gleek” (A “gleek” is the term that refers to a fan of Glee, the plural form being “gleeks”.  The word “gleek” derives from the words “glee” and “geek” (glee + geek = gleek), I do love Glee. I can’t help but smile in every episode and most of them touch on some socially sensitive topic (such homophobia or the general nastiness of the ‘popular kids’ in high school, a la Mean Girls) and inevitably i shed a tear (read: ball my eyes out) every couple of episodes.

On Tuesday, Women’s Day here in South Africa, I was given the opportunity to see a special Vuzu TV screening of the Glee 3D Concert Movie. Eyes were rolled and eyebrows raised but I was keen to check it out, especially after reading the synopsis of the movie – “A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live In Concert! summer 2011 tour”. Not much I know, but considering it’s the music I like best about Glee, the fact that the movie was concert footage of these unbelievably talented kids rather than a movie based on the story line of the series, I was even more keen to see it.

The idea behind the creation of the movie was that fans who couldn’t get tickets to see the Concert Tour or who lived in areas the tour didn’t visit would still have an opportunity to see the characters in action in an as-close-to-live-as-possible experience.

“Starring 14 members of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television show’s cast and shot live during the summer concerts, the movie will capture the unique concert experience along with special moments involving the characters themselves.” – The Business Insider

The documentary-type approach to the movie also takes a look at the lives of several people in their teens and early twenties who have found inspiration and support through the topics that are explored in the series (including homophobia, being different, and bullying due to not being part of the ‘in-crowd’ in high school to mention just a few). In between the performances are interviews with these people who discuss their experiences at school and how Glee has made a difference to their lives, as well as interviews with people waiting to go into the various concerts.

The movie includes Glee stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Darren Criss (Blaine), Ashley Fink (Lauren) as well as “The Warblers”.

The highlight of the movie for me was seeing ‘Brittany S. Pierce’ (Heather Morris) perform a Britney Spears song as this was where the level of talent reached its peak for me.

The trailer for the movie is below:

The movie is a real feel-good with the usual exceptional level of talent. If you love Glee, or can appreciate the music it’s well worth the watch, however it was a little short (which might mean you’ll be able to ‘encourage’ a boyfriend to tag along). I walked out of the theatre grinning, and singing (not in tune), to some bemused looks, but it made my day. :)

For more on Glee, you can check out the Glee Wiki here


And for an interview with the cast of the movie check out the Business Insider here



Goodnight and Go (Imogen Heap)

I was lucky enough to get tickets to go and see Imogen Heap perform at Emperor’s Palace on yesterday afternoon. I’ve been a fan of her music since (I must admit it) “that” episode of The OC (the finale of season 2) when Caleb dies, Kirsten’s drinking, and Marissa shoots Trey – such drama, I know – but this was my first introduction to Imogen Heap, with Hide and Seek, which has more recently been butchered by the pop douche, Jason Derulo.

I’m not gonna lie, I have not been the biggest fan, the person who hunts down every last single she’s ever produced, or gone back as far as the stuff she did during her Frou Frou stage, but I enjoy a listen every now and then, especially of the latest album I have of hers, Speak for Yourself, her second studio album, produced in 2005. Having seen her live, however, I have a much greater appreciation for the music she produces. She has a looper and laptop on stage (forgive my ignorance of the technicalities) and she records, and then loops a lot of the backings to her songs so that she prance around the stage, as she does, doing her thing. That is not to take anything away from the percussionist, and the cellist (or is it a double bass? I can never tell), who were up on stage with her yesterday and added a great deal to the performance as well.

She was pretty spectacular, in a completely surreal, loco in the best possible way, kind of way.

She got the crowd involved, lost her place in the middle of a song at one point, pointed it out and then carried on completely unperturbed, told a bunch of stories and had a good chat. She got everyone laughing and involved and really made it a concert I’ll never forget, possibly also owing, partly, to the fact that it was a small and fairly intimate venue, so that wherever you were sitting, you really weren’t too far away.

The set, too, was beautiful, and included a dead tree “rescued” from the side of the road somewhere, and hung over the piano on-stage. I’m not sure if this pic is of them bringing it on or taking it off:

“imogenheap : We’re leaving… It’s been fun j’burg. Will be back! You sang beautifully. Goodbye to the tree too xx”
The real show-stopper of the afternoon (as it was a matinee performance), however, was the opening set performed by Joav, an Israeli-born, South African-raised musician, now living in New York. Apparently he has had several interviews on @5FM in the last week or so, and his latest single “We all are dancing”  has been play-listed as well. You can have listen to this below:
He creates all the backing sounds to his songs himself, on his acoustic guitar, as he goes along, creating drum beats by tapping on various areas of the guitar, plucking the strings, and synthesising and looping the sounds to create a kind of electronic sound. The talent reminds me a little of Newton Faulkner, although it is a somewhat different genre. You can see the sort of thing he does below:
I took some (pretty shaky, but great sound quality) footage with my new MinoHD Flipcam, which I won from Zoopy – thanks again to @jasonzoopy for the  competition and amazing prize.

Zoopy branded MinoHD Flipcam

Sadly,  my internet connection is battling with the upload and I’m sadly still waiting on my “Whooooosh” which just doesn’t seem to have arrived in the post unfortunately. If I do make any progress on the upload front I’ll be sure to stick it into a post.
One of the tweets that I thought captured this performance was this one:
gussilber : Yoav just destroyed my theory that support acts serve no other purpose than to stop you from missing the main act if you’re late. Amazing.
So, check out the tunes. If you’re in Cape Town and haven’t got tickets yet, her shows are sold out, but keep your ears open for the possibility of one more show in CT. If you get the opportunity to check these two artists out, whatever you do, don’t hesitate.