The Song: "Rise" by Darren Criss
The YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYA9gqfsmEI
Where you heard it first: Glee 6x10 - "The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester"
Why it’s been stuck in your head: If you know anything about me, you know that I love Darren Criss and everything that he does, so it's no surprise that I was extremely excited to learn that he would be writing two original songs for the final episodes of Glee. In Friday night's episode, they premiered this song and it was sung by the New Directions/Warblers super-group that was created with the destruction of Dalton Academy. While I was hoping that Darren would at least get to sing his own songs, it turns out that he will not be singing either one, but during this performance, he looked on with pride as they performed in new "Warbler/New Directions" blazers.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If any of you have had the chance to listen to Darren Criss' original work, you know that he is quite a talented lyricist and songwriter. His degree in Musicology and Musical Theatre probably helps that tremendously. He has been saying that he would release a solo album since 2013 and we have yet to find out any more about this. Until then, and while we're enjoying the last episodes of Glee, do yourself a favor and give this song a listen.
-- Kelly Lee