Song of the Day #1,070: ‘My Man’ – Lea Michele

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances – Season 2
#2 – ‘My Man’ – Rachel

My first ‘Glee’ countdown featured four solos or duets by Lea Michele. This marks just the second from Season Two.

I don’t know if her character, Rachel, was given less to do this season or if others just stepped up more, but I was surprised when compiling candidates for this list to see how seldom her name came up.

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Song of the Day #1,062: ‘Rolling in the Deep’ – Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances – Season 2
#8 – ‘Rolling in the Deep’ – Rachel & Jesse

Jonathan Groff’s Jesse St. James played a key role in ‘Glee’s first season, starting a romance with Rachel at the request of her birth mother (his Vocal Adrenaline coach, played by Idina Menzel) before breaking both her heart and an egg on her head.

Groff is best friends with Lea Michele, having starred alongside her in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, and their chemistry has been apparent in the several duets they’ve performed on ‘Glee.’

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Song of the Day #788: ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – Lea Michele and Idina Menzel

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#4 – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – Rachel and Ms. Corcoran

In one of those casting coups that simply had to happen, Idina Menzel was brought on to play Rachel’s long lost mother.

When I first saw the promos for Glee, I was surprised that the woman from Wicked was playing a high school student. Wasn’t she too old?

Then I realized Lea Michele wasn’t Idina Menzel. But their looks, and singing talent, pretty much made it inevitable right off the bat that they’d have to play mother and daughter.

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Song of the Day #785: ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ – Lea Michele

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#7 – ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ – Rachel

This song is the closest I’ve come on the blog to a repeat. Back in June, guest blogger Amy featured a mashup of this version of the song interwoven with clips of performances by Idina Menzel and Barbra Streisand.

It was a great video that really highlighted the thread that connects those three women across three generations of impressive theatrical vocals. And one third of it was the exact song I’m featuring today.

But I won’t let a little technicality like that get in the way of featuring one of the most memorable performances of Glee‘s first season.

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Song of the Day #780: ‘Endless Love’ – Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#10 – ‘Endless Love’ – Rachel & Mr. Schuester

And here’s the moment when all the Gleeks in the audience say “Hell yeah!”

As we approach the debut of Season Two of Glee (September 21), I am counting down my ten favorite musical moments of Season One. I’ll skip the weekends as usual and finish the countdown the day of the first new episode.

Unfortunately, Fox is pretty vigilant about pulling down clips from the show, so I’ve had to do some digging to find these scenes. I hope the assortment of Japanese and indie sites I’m linking to stay in business long enough for everybody to watch.

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Song of the Day #698: ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade’ – Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel and Lea Michele

[Note: Guest blogger Amy finishes off the week with Glee…]

As I mentioned in yesterday’s SOTD, I appreciate American Idol for the way it enables me to learn about and enjoy music with my children. This year, a new show has arrived on the scene that not only enables any viewer to enjoy music but uses it as a kind of transfusion for passion, humor, pain, courage. That show, of course, is Glee.

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