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The title card for the musical comedy series G...

Title Card

A few nights ago, I finally got around to finishing the first season of the  sensational hit TV show Glee, and to be honest, I was sort of sad that there would be no new episodes until the second season premiere in September.

For those of you who haven’t been up-to-date with the latest in the television world, Glee only debuted on Fox a year ago. It’s a show about some 12 high school misfits who share a passion for show choir, lead by their equally misfit Spanish-turned-choir teacher Mr. William Schuester (Matthew Morrison). He also has to face much scrutiny from the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) while he works out his own personal issues.

Gleeks, a combination of Glee and geeks, is the name of the show’s large fanbase, who are the major party responsible for transforming the show into a phenomenon. Their impact has been huge, but I am not surprised.
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Maybe I’ve been watching too much Glee, but a lot of the songs that seem to stick to my head are either favorites that they show has covered or songs that I’ve discovered because of Rachel Berry and Co.
An example of the latter is Faithfully by Journey, which I seem to be singing to myself at every occasion. It’s one of the last songs performed in the first season, right at the Regionals competition, so it’s pretty symbolic. Plus, Glee seemingly have a strong relationship with Journey, choosing the show’s signature song to be Don’t Stop Believing, one of the band’s most popular tracks.

Frontiers: The album on which Faithfully was released

But the original song, is a timeless classic. Released in 1983, it’s a classic power ballad that’s had it’s fair share of abuse at weddings, but after hearing it, you’d understand why. Nevertheless, something about the song just keeps it fresh in your memory. I’m going to go ahead and pinpoint it to Steve Perry’s ability to carry the vocals to a place beyond reason. And it’s just beautiful.
But of course, a great voice needs great lyrics. While Faithfully doesn’t have the deepest of words, it’s sure enough to touch your heart. The general notion of the lyrics is a music-man singing to his beloved about being apart because he’s being forced to tour and how much he misses being with her, and of course being faithful, as the title suggests.
My favorite part of the song is right around the second verse, right before the chorus

And being apart ain’t easy
On this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy
Of rediscovering you
Oh girl, you stand by me
I’m forever yours…faithfully

I know several girls who would do anything to have these words dedicated to them, so this song will resonate more with the female crowd. Still, it’s a good listen for anyone whose looking for a romantic song.
I have included the videos to both versions so that you can choose what version is better. I’m personally inclined to the Journey one because of it being the original, however the Glee case sure does a great job at making it sound current.

Journey’s Version:
Glee Cast Version (Audio Only):