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The Best of Cory Monteith

Many hearts were crushed yesterday when news broke that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel in Vancouver. As a fellow gleek, I know how heartbroken I am! An exceptional talent, the 31 year old actor will certainly not be forgotten. To honor his legacy on GLEE, I’ve comprised a list of some of his best hits on the series.

The Best of Cory Monteith:

Season 1:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’: Who could forget the song that made us fall in love with Finn Hudson?
  2. Can’t Fight this Feeling: Originally debuted in the shower, this song won Hudson a spot in the glee club.
  3. I’ll Stand by You: Probably one of Finn’s most memorable songs. Even if the baby wasn’t his!
  4. You’re Having My Baby: Remember when Quinn was pregnant? Good times. This was the precious song that both gave comfort to Quinn AND got her kicked out of her house. Nice one, Finn.
  5. Hello, I Love You: Ah Yes. The Hello assignment.
  6. No Air: (Duet with Rachel) Probably my favorite Jordin Sparks cover of all time, this song was one of the original glee ballads!

Season 2:

  1. I’ve Gotta Be Me: This song HAD to be on this list. Monteith does Sammy some jazzy justice.
  2. Losing My Religion: As doubtful as we were about glee performing an REM song, it certainly worked in the plot line and won our hearts.
  3. Just the Way You Are: Simply beautiful. Dedicated to Kurt, this is the song that made Finn Hudson a man.
  4. She’s Not There:  Who has the power to unite a football team a bunch of loser singers? Finn Hudson, that’s who! (Oh and don’t worry, I love those geeky singers. DUH.)
  5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: (Duet with Rachel) Dangerously amazing harmonies.
  6. Damnit, Janet: ROCKY HORROR. Need I say more?
  7. I Don’t Want to Know: (Duet with Quinn) Rumours episode. I don’t know if it was the fact that the episode revolved around one of my favorite albums or if it was the fact that I was dying for Quinn and Finn duet that made this episode so special.
  8. Pretending: (Duet with Rachel) An original song, written by Finn himself, featuring the kiss that lost the New Directions nationals, but won the hearts of Finchel fans everywhere!

Season 3:

  1. More Than a Woman: Honestly, there aren’t many disco songs that I can say I truly enjoy. But look at Monteith hit those high notes! Exceptional.
  2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: A slow and beautiful ballad song for Santana.
  3. Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way Or Another: Speaking of Santana, this duet is AWESOME. The dodgeball game is just icing.
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Who would have thought a traditional Christmas song could be turned into a rock anthem? Finn and Puck apparently.
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You: (Duet with Rachel). Can we talk about how long I waited for Glee to give a tribute to Michael? SO LONG. Pure perfection.
  6. Glory Days: (Duet with Puck). The perfect anthem for graduation.

Season 4:

  1. Barely Breathing: (Duet with Blaine). FINALLY. A duet between Finn and Blaine.
  2. Juke Box Hero: (Duet with Ryder) It was only fitting for Finn to instill the confidence in Ryder, Will had instilled in him.
  3. Bye Bye Bye/ I Want it That Way: Probably the most amazing mash up of all time. As a child of the 1990s, I have no words. JUST SO GOOD. As for the feud between Will and Finn, thank goodness that didn’t last long.
  4. Fight for your Right to Party: (Duet with Puck) This song marked Monteith’s last appearance on glee. At least he ended on the same alternative rock vibe he started with.

It truly is a tragedy to see someone with so much talent be taken so young. Cory Monteith inspired millions of individuals and he was so much more than his addiction. I can’t even imagine Glee continuing without him. (Almost as much as I can’t imagine my life without Glee!!) My prayers go out to his co-stars, friends, family, and especially Lea. His legacy will continue forever. He really was the “glue of Glee.” He took that midnight train going straight to heaven. RIP.

The lights of the world are a little dimmer today.


A Peek Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Back to NYCOOL Artwork Slideshow

Thursday I went to my uncle’s art show on 23rd st. He along with other artists were premiering some of their work to sell. It was so amazing to see all of their talent. I took some pictures of my favorites. Check them out below!

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10 of the Cutest Television Couples of All Time

One of the most glorious things about starting off summer vacation is the freedom to do absolutely nothing. After spending an academic year stressing about lab reports, essays, meetings, and problem sets, it’s nice to spend some quality time on the couch. (Be sure to do some miles on the treadmill…) For many of us college students, that means a whole lot of Netflix. When else do we have the time to watch an entire series within a few weeks? We can’t be curing cancer 365 days a year now can we?

Now that I’ve officially sunk into my summer vacation, I’ve been enjoying some me time, which basically means staying up until 3am and waking up at 1pm on a daily basis. Translation: I’ve had a lot of TV time.

With that being said, I bestow upon you the list of the 20 cutest television couples in hopes of soliciting some sort of productivity before the couch permanantly consumes me.

10 of the Cutest Television Couples of All Time

  1. Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts,  The O.C.

Source: Fox

2. Marshall and Lily, How I Met Your Mother


3. Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson, Glee


4. Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth, Bones


5. Leonard and Penny, The Big Bang Theory 


6. Nick and Jess, New Girl


7. Dan and Serena, Gossip Girl

The CW

8. Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World

American Broadcasting Company

9. Ross and Rachel, Friends


10. Charming and Snow, Once Upon a Time



Imagine Dragons in Concert, Raleigh, NC

Tonight (technically last night) I had the opportunity to see Imagine Dragons live  in concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. Needless to say, it was definitely worth it waiting in the rain for 4 hours. They’re currently on tour for their album “Night Visions.” 

For those unfamiliar with Imagine Dragons, their music is an acoustic “straight ahead rock.” They do a lot of experimenting with synthetic sounds, and this sound becomes an electric shade over the chordal undertones.

Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, they have grown from an act in casinos to a touring worldwide sensation. It is clear that they have mastered the emotional art of song writing- each song is an anthem of their collective struggles. It’s part of what makes the album so extraordinary.

Though it was one of the shortest concerts I’ve ever been to, it was certainly one of the most entertaining. The rain might have delayed their performance, but it didn’t hinder their energy whatsoever.

Oddly, I did not recognize  their opener. I had listened to this CD thoroughly, and I was confident that I knew every word on that album. I was dumbfounded. Apparently, I only owned the regular version of the CD. After searching Spotify, I discovered that there are 6 additional tracks, including a medley of “Nothing Left to Say Now/Rocks Medley.” Regardless, it was impressive.

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The Red Hat Amphitheater

They put a unique touch on each one of their songs with an extended instrumental introduction. It was unexpected but remarkable. It almost gave the audience a sense of suspense as we waited to recognize the familiar openings of each song. It was definitely unique, something that I had never seen a band do before. From the band ‘s perspective, it was smart too, especially since a majority of the fans were presumably very familiar with the CD.

There are few concerts I’ve attended where the lead singer will sound familiar to his or her recordings. This was unquestionably one of them. Scratch that. It was even better. Their energy went a long way in delivering their music. They were interactive with the crowd, and  lead singer Daniel Reynolds even flew. There was a drum hanging from the top of the amphitheater, and little did we expect to see him get lifted through the air to play it. It was CRAZY.

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And the lights go down in the city…!

Meanwhile, while his feet were on the stage, he was surrounding by a cascade of lights. It was absolutely breathtaking. The colors alternated between a cool and misty blue pallet  during sensitive tunes like “Demons,” and became  a bright, strong red orange for the harder anthems like “Radioactive.” There was a spinning disk on the stage that flashed colors too. While  he was in the air, the disk became a sun, and he literally was, “On Top of the World.”

If you have not heard of Imagine Dragons, I would greatly suggest that you do. “Night Visions” is truly a masterpiece. Unlike many other one hit wonder albums, this album is made up of 11 outstanding and relatable tracks, and believe me when I say, you’re not going to want to miss it.




“Imagine Dragons.” : Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2013.



The O.C. Mixes: A Review

On a whim, we decide to start a new series on Netflix. Why not? There’s not much else to do, and you don’t feel like studying.

It is pretty decent, so you watch another episode.

By the third episode, you’re hooked, and you watch the entire series within a week, but then you remember that you have school work to do.  Regardless, you’re like

After you catch up on Netflix, you go to watch the episodes on live TV, but then you realize that you have to wait a full week between each episode, and you’re like

Then, when that dreaded day of the series finale comes, you’re beyond depressed, and you just don’t know what to do with yourself.

One of the greatest series of all time

Now, to aid to that nostalgia, we have the series’ soundtrack. Of all of the TV soundtracks I’ve heard, The O.C. Mixes are easily some of the best. It’s as if the listener is in New Port, Calif. while listening to the mixes. There are six different mixes, each with 9-13 tracks. The tracks are predominantly indie rock tunes, including artist’s like The Killers, Deathcab for Cutie, and South. There are also alternative tracks, including tracks by Jimmy Eat World and Beck.

“The O.C. Mix 3 Have a Very Merry Chrismakuh” is a special Christmas album, containing famous winter tunes with a dash of Southern California style.

One of the best aspects of these mixes is the track variety. The mixes include both tracks that play during the series among others.This gives each album a full set of tunes. They are practically their own independent CDS, certainly not the usual soundtracks.

Additionally, all of the tracks on The O.C. Mixes are perfectly selected. Just by listening to the soundtrack, it is simple to differentiate which episode it was from because the tracks have been selected so carefully. Listening to these mixes places the listener in the teenage rebellious minds of Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Summer. While listening to Matt Pond PA’s “Champagne Supernova,” you can just feel yourself amidst Summer and Seth’s kiss, similarly with Ryan and Marrisa’s in South’s “Paint The Silence,” and again in their dance during Youth Group’s “Forever Young,” and so more.

If I had to pick a theme for these mixes, it would undoubtably be live while you’re young; life’s too short to do otherwise.

That manages to sum up the series quite nicely too!

Even if you haven’t seen “The O.C./” have no desire to watch it, I would definitely still recommend these mixes to you. I stand by what I said previously: They are much more like mixes than they are soundtracks.

These have been out for years now, but they are irrevocably timeless, a perfect summer playlist.

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10 Upcoming Broadway Musicals

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The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disappointed because you can’t afford to go see a show on Broadway?

Don’t fret! If you live in the North Carolina Triangle area, you can go see one of these upcoming shows without the cost of plane tickets, hotel rooms, and absurd ticket fees.

Granted, it is well worth it to spend the money to see an actual show in NYC  on (and even off) Broadway, but at least this way you’ll get your arts fix!

So without further adieu…

10 Broadway Musicals Coming to a Stage Near You

  1. Sister Act, Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), May 14-19, 2013
  2. Dreamgirls, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, May 29, 2013
  3. Beauty and the Beast,  DPAC, Oct 8-13, 2013
  4. CATS, North Carolina Theatre, Oct 8-13, 2013
  5.  Once, DPAC, Jan 21-26, 2014
  6. The Book of Mormon, DPAC, Feb 11-23, 2014
  7. Les Miserables, North Carolina Theatre, Feb 11-23, 2014
  8. EVITA, DPAC, Mar 11-16, 2014
  9. The Wizard of Oz, DPAC, Apr 8-13, 2014
  10. Mamma Mia!, DPAC, May 30- Jun 1, 2014


“2014 Season Overview – NC Theatre.” 2014 Season Overview – NC Theatre. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.

“Events & Tickets.” Official Website Durham Performing Arts Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.


The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

There a few things more crucial than picking the perfect songs for a film soundtrack. An entire scene can be governed by what song plays in the background. Just think, what would these movies be like without the following hits? Honestly, what’s better than the perfect music and film selection? I’ll tell you what: Nada.

The 20 Best Movie Hits Ever Released on Soundtrack

  1. Hero, Chad Kroeger- Spiderman (2000)
  2. Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds , The Breakfast Club (1985)
  3. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, Dirty Dancing (1987)
  4. War, Edwin Starr, Rush Hour (1998)
  5. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly, Space Jams (1996)
  6. Take my Breath Away, Berlin, Top Gun (1986)
  7. Eve of the Tiger, Survivor, Rocky III (1982)
  8. My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion, Titanic (1997)
  9. I’m a Believer, Smashmouth, Shrek (2001)
  10. Hedwig’s Theme, John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  11. Shout, The Isley Brothers, Wedding Crashers (2005)
  12. Skyfall, Adele, Skyfall (2012)
  13. What I’ve Done, Linkin Park, Transformers (2007)
  14. Keep Holding On, Avril Lavinge, Eragon (2006)
  15. Lose Yourself, Eminem, 8 Mile (2002)
  16. Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts, Cars (2006)
  17. Broken, Seether feat. Amy Lee, The Punisher (2004)
  18. Bring Me to Life, Evanescence, Daredevil (2003)
  19. Old Time Rock And Roll, Bob Seger and the Big Bullet Band, Risky Business (1983)
  20. A Thousand Years, Christina Perry, Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

**This list is excluding musicals for obvious reasons.





IMDb., n.d. Web. 07 May 2013.

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Iron Man 3 Makes Millions on Opening Weekend

There’s no surprise the Iron Man series is popular. What’s not to love about a snarky egotistical millionaire, who manages to have time to both save the world and manage his company? Having opened just this Friday, Iron Man 3 has already made approximately $175.3 million for its opening weekend and about $680 million worldwide, becoming the second largest debut in Hollywood history. It’s only second to Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), which opened to $207 million.

Critics say this success is due to the fact that IM3 is thought to be a continuation to The Avengers rather than to Iron Man 2, making only $128 million in its opening weekend. Though Iron Man 2 might have been quickly forgotten, IM3 is certain to have people talking for years.

IM3, unlike the previous movies, allows the viewers to connect emotionally to Tony Stark. It’s one of the few times we’ve seen him vulnerable, and it makes him much more relatable. Suffering from severe anxiety attacks, Stark is as fragile as ever after the incident in New York that concluded The Avengers. We even get to see him work with a child! Who would have ever thought, Tony Stark, needing help from a little boy?

Harley Keener, portrayed by 11 year old actor, Ty Simpkins describes what it was like working with “Uncle Bob” here.

Stark meets Keener in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee with nothing but a dead suit and crippling anxiety. While he charges his suit, we get to see the intellect we haven’t seen since the first movie.

In the first movie, Stark begins in a cave without access to technology, but manages to build his first suit. IM3 reminds us of the genius that got him where he is today.

In addition to seeing the man behind the armor, we get an opportunity to see Pepper in action. We’ve seen her as the responsible business woman, the dedicated partner, but now, we get to see Pepper as the hero in the suit.

Another unique element that IM3  has over its previous counterparts is its comedy. Besides Downey’s irrefutable and sarcastic wit, the Iron Man series hasn’t exactly been known for it’s comical plot. The Mandarin, the villain of the movie, is actually a decoy. The Mandarin, or shall we call him by his actual name, Trevor, is just the pretty (or not so pretty) face for the camera. The real villain, portrayed by Guy Pearce, is Alderich Killian, a man Stark had once rejected on a drunk night in Switzerland. Classic Stark. We even get to see him wear this. 

Perhaps the greatest part of IM3- seeing all of the suits in action. That’s right, we get to see tons of suits, fighting on their own. We had known all along that Stark had to be doing something all of those sleepness nights, but it was quite a site to behold (even on film). Colonel Rhodes returns as the Iron Patriot, portrayed by Don Cheadle, giving us an almost complete collection of the suits.

Of all of the themes to take home with you after watching IM3, the ones that are the most evident are so traditional, you can’t help but laugh.

1. Don’t be a “Grade A” Douchebag- If Stark hadn’t stood up Killian on the roof in Switerland, he wouldn’t have even been in this mess. Similar, if Mr. Incredible hadn’t ignored Buddy every time he had offered his help, he wouldn’t have made himself an arch nemesis. Watch and learn, friends. Just watch and learn.

2. Don’t announce your address on live camera- You asked for it, Stark. Though we did get to see Pepper kick butt in the suit.

3. Look both ways before crossing the street- I’m going to let you figure that one out on your own.

4. Don’t hire an actor to pretend to be a villain, and don’t leave him alone in a house- When picking a villain to be the face of your crimes, his name probably shouldn’t be Trevor, and he probably shouldn’t be named after a type of orange.

Until Next time!


Bowells, Scott. “‘Iron Man 3’ Smashes into Hollywood Record Books.” USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.
Bryson, Carey. “Kevin Feige: On Iron Man 3, Pepper Potts, and Marvel’s Family Appeal.” Kids’ Movies & TV., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.
IMDb., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

15 Timeless Duets

Duets: Two great voices, one great song. What’s not to love? Music comes and goes, but there are those songs the stand the test of time.

15 Timeless Duets

  1. Come What May-  Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge
  2.  Broken- Seether feat. Amy Lee
  3.  For Good- Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzell, the Original Broadway Cast of WICKED: the Musical.
  4. Endless Love- Diana Ross feat. Lionel Richie
  5. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett
  6. Islands in the Stream- Kenny Rogers feat. Dolly Parton
  7. No Air- Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
  8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John feat. Kiki Dee
  9. My Boo- Usher feat. Alecia Keys
  10. You’re the One that I Want-  John Travolta and Olivia- Newton John from Grease
  11. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-  Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley Dirty Dancing
  12.  Stereo Hearts- Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levigne
  13.  Baby, it’s Cold Outside- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  14.  Telephone- Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga
  15.  Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley feat. Allison Krauss*

*Song Contributed by Coworker Andrew Matthews

May the Fourth Be with You,