Defying Gravity is a song for guys
Well, kinda. I was actually watching Glee tonight (yes, I started watching it again since it comes right after American Idol, which I really enjoyed this week, btw) and the highlight had to be Defying Gravity.
Listen to it here (sorry I couldn’t find a video):
The context: William Schuester, the teacher decides that the team needs to sing something more “conventional” to win Sectionals. So he suggests Defying Gravity. He gives the lead part to Rachel Berry (naturally) except that Kurt Hummel feels that he was born to sing the song. Schuester thinks that the judges at sectionals would prefer Rachel’s version because it’s traditionally a girl’s part.
Well, Kurt’s dad sees how upset his son is and goes to school to demand that his son be given a chance. The compromise – a sing off! I won’t tell you how it went in case you haven’t watched the show but it got me thinking about the song.
I really love Idina Menzel’s version of it in Wicked of course, but I have heard of a great version sang by a guy. And that was all I could think off as the debate went on between Rachel and Kurt (and with Kurt saying that he can sing it like a girl – and boy, can he!).
So, check out this version by Raul Esparza, arguably one of my favourite performers I’ve ever watched in a musical (I watched his on Broadway in Company which I also loved!).
What do you think?
11.20pm Malaysian time (+8 GMT)