Creative Hero #01: Ryan MurphyBy Steffen • Jan 13th, 2010 • Category: 26th Story, Entertainment, Music
Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project inspired me to change things up a bit (thank you Gretchen!) Each week this year I’ll single out one of my creative heroes- people whose work makes you go whoa. (This seems more likely to release serotonin than, say, blogging about e-books.)
I was first turned on to Ryan Murphy when he optioned Sin in the Second City a book I edited at Random House. Over the holiday, I finally sat down and watched Glee, the FOX show about a group of high school misfits. I know I’m late to the Glee party but I’ve just got to say: The dude is a genius.
What Glee lacks in subtlety it makes up for in imagination. A show choir performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” really?? Murphy is able to take the most cliche ridden material and make it fresh. Check out this clip from “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It’s like tasting apple pie for the first time.