This is the most embarrassing post I’ve ever made.

I’ve been trying to get this out of my head for over a week now, but I can’t. I feel like it’s my responsibility at this point to post it, and make it clear that I have deep, dark secrets of which I can’t keep hiding anymore.

So, here’s the preface:

  1. The following is a Katy Perry song.
  2. I do, in fact, watch Glee — but I would probably not admit to it in person.
  3. I enjoy acapella group performances much more than I should. One Valentine’s Day at UNC, the Clef Hangers sang Swallowed in the Sea (Coldplay) outside the dining hall as I was on my way to class. I found it so beautiful that I almost cried. I didn’t, but… yeah.
  4. As a pre-teen, I did listen to ‘N Sync — I feel that this exposure may have something to do with why this particular song won’t go away. To be somewhat fair: at the same time I listened to boy bands, I also listened to a lot of Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day (Dookie to Warning-era), Garbage, and The Offspring. For a 12-year-old upper-middle class white girl, I like to think that this was somewhat acceptable. My dad called it “boom boom music” and found it very irritating, so at least I was rebelling in some way. Since that was also the era of Creed, it’s worth nothing that I did, in fact, hate Creed.
  5. For the purposes of this post, I find Darren Criss attractive enough to help me deal with coming to terms with all of the above issues.
  6. I am posting another cover of the same song here — I find it to be much more substantial and interesting, so please listen to it if you still have any residual respect for my taste level.


So, there. I hope I have some redeeming qualities that will help you overlook this post and continue reading this blog in the future. Or, I’ll probably die alone.


“Teenage Dream (Glee Cast Version)”

Darren Criss with Glee cast (original: Katy Perry)


Glee: Season 2 / Teenage Dream


“Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover)”

The Rescues (official site is here)

Single (on iTunes): “Teenage Dream”

do do do-do, do do-do do…

Tom’s Diner

Suzanne Vega / DNA

1990 (Original 1981)

Original album: Solitude Standing

Original a capella version:

“i know you’ve been hurting, but I’ve been waiting to be there for you”

Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)

Quindon Tarver (covering Rozalla)


William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture

I saw Romeo + Juliet in my 9th grade English class (after we’d watched the 1968 film adaptation). It was probably the most incredible movie I’d ever seen. I’m still in love with John Leguizamo’s Tybalt.

“is this the real life? is this just fantasy?”

Bohemian Rhapsody



A Night at the Opera

“benedicta tu in mulieribus”

“Ave Maria”

Charles Gounod / Johann Sebastian Bach


Performed by Bobby McFerrin and audience

This is my favorite performance of this song; not only because it’s so cool, but because Prelude No. 1 in C from The Well Tempered Clavier is my favorite song to just play on any piano I come in contact with, and hearing Bobby McFerrin singing it is just so awesome. It’s my “Stairway to Heaven” in a piano store.