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Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'm a total Gleek. I'm a sucker for any music show: "Glee", now "Smash." And I love every musically delicious moment.

I did an article on David Pietro and the Spencer jazz bands a week or two ago. After the concert I had the opportunity to interview him and I asked what advice he might have for a young, aspiring musician.

"Music is a social art," he said.

He listed that music teaches life lessons: when to listen, when to blend, when to step up and let your personality shine.

What it all comes down to is this: music teaches us when to take the lead and when to step back and offer support.

Sometimes the methods are a bit off, but I think that "Glee" does a good job of showing this as well. The first season was a bit sketchy, but I think that the show has recognized its influence in children. Lately the messages have been positive: compassion for those who are different, and internal strength when the one who is different is you.

In the first seasons, the lead roles of the show were very defined. Finn and Rachel. Rachel and Finn. Everyone else seemed to fade into the background (that is, until it was time for Mercedes to step up and belt the big note).

Now, each character has their own story. They have their own voice, and we hear them all. They each have their moment to be lead, and they all seamlessly fade into the ensemble when someone else takes the stage to shine.

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Kate Padilla