This is one of those songs that'll stay with you forever.
This ode is pretty late, but I realized I miss Glee with a surprising ferocity.
And as irritating as Rachel Berry is, you have to hand it to her; man oh man, she can sing!
This is quite possibly my favorite Glee performance (along with the Halo mashup and Don't Stop Believing).
There are two chief reasons for this:
- Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)
- The lyrics
This song has become something of an anthem for me right now. I must listen to it every morning at least once. The lyrics make so much sense to me right now, that it comes quite close to perfect. I feel like sitting certain people down and breaking into this number in front of them and rip them to pieces.
Also, you cannot help but marvel at the range this woman has. By the time she calls Mr Arnstein, you are grinning like a dazed moron and by the time she marches her band out, you have these goosebumps, it's inevitable! Every single time. And when she is finishing the song with the crescendo of 'dont rain on my parade' you are left wondering if her lungs are bigger than the Holy Kingdom of Jerusalem. I mean, such power!
Don't Rain On My Parade also happens to be one of those songs that you inadvertently imagine yourself singing. It's embarrassing, but admit it, it's true. You are out there, performing with her and suddenly there is no Rachel Berry, there is just you. You are giving this rousing performance and the audience is giving you a standing ovation, cheering and stamping but you don't hear it. You finally open your eyes after you finish the song, and realize that it isn't you. But it's okay. You still feel satisfied, a feeling of exultation, a sense of completion and the remnants of a contented smile. In your own world, you did it.
After all, who the hell are you to rain on my parade??