Don't Stop Believin':
To Be a 'Gleek'

By Mariah, age 16, Minnesota
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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Gleek [gleek] (noun): 1. one who obsesses about the television show Glee (2009 - forever). 2. one who participates in a school's glee club or show choir.

I am a self-proclaimed Gleek, who can be defined by both of the above definitions. I religiously watch Glee every week as I attempt to sing along to their popular cover songs. Glee is a favorable alternative to other popular music shows and channels, such as American Idol, MTV (they really need to either switch their name or bring back the music...), VH1, America's Got Talent, Don't Forget the Lyrics, and so on. Glee is the only television show, to my knowledge, that offers its viewers the chance to experience both mainstream and Broadway music on a recurring basis. I am awaiting an episode that includes a Journey-meets-Phantom-of-the-Opera or a Queen-meets-Rocky-Horror-Show mash-up, but only time will tell if that ever happens. As of now, my three favorite covers include Sue Sylvester's rendition of "Let's Get Physical," the new version of "Don't Stop Believin'" (the finale episode version), and Rachel's rendition of "Don't Rain On My Parade".

After the finale episode aired, the network aired all of the Glee episodes again. I watched the pilot episode for the first time and I was amazed at how much better the stars of Glee sounded during the end of the first season than towards the beginning of the season.

Last week, I discovered that some of the stars of Glee are stars on Broadway too! Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, Jenna Ushkowitz, who plays Tina, and Jonathan Groff, who plays Jesse, all starred in Spring Awakening on Broadway. Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Schuester, starred as Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway; he also starred in Footloose and The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, as well.

There are talks about the music that will appear on Glee during its second season. I heard through the grapevine that Coldplay has given the producers of Glee the rights to use their music!

As for the second definition, I belong to my school's version of a show choir. No tacky rhinestone cowboy hats, I swear! My choir director absolutely hates the concept of a show choir -"campy" and "tacky" are her two favorite descriptive words. However, she has since fallen under the spell of Glee. Maybe her views of glee clubs and show choirs will change.

Our group sings songs from Journey, Queen, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera, but we are not gifted with the catchy outfits and the stellar choreography (maybe a snap here and a clap there).

If you have not seen the show Glee, you should definitely tune into Fox on Wednesday evenings to catch a recap of the first season, or check out Hulu and FOX for Glee episodes.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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