Remembering Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Naya Rivera

With the tragic news of Naya Rivera’s death, Cory Monteith’s seventh death anniversary, and Mark Salling’s death resurfacing, I thought it’d be time to spread some light during this dark time. Remember the good memories these actors have shared with us during their time on Glee.

Who can forget Finn singing his heart out in the boys’ showers during the pilot episode? Or Puck declaring his love for fat bottomed girls back in season two? Or Santana unleashing her version of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” during her audition for Fanny Brice’s understudy in season five? 

There are plenty more performances than that. But for today’s post, I’ll be picking my favorite performance from Cory, Mark, and Naya, as we pay tribute to them and give the world something to smile about at the moment.

1. “Not the End” sung by Cory Monteith and featured on Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album

The song was supposed to be featured on the final episode of season three, but sadly it got cut. Thankfully, the song is available on streaming sites, the album mentioned above, and YouTube (that’s how I found it). It’s already a beautiful song, but it took a whole new meaning when Monteith passed away back in July 2013. I quoted this song for my senior quote in high school; that’s how good it is! Despite the ups and downs, we face in life, “we have to find a way around.” This is not the end, Cory Monteith!

2. “Keep Holding On” sung by Mark Salling and featured in “100,” episode 12, season five

I was going to pick “Fat Bottomed Girls,” because it’s my favorite Queen song, and Salling matched the song perfectly, but I went with “Keep Holding On” instead. Originally sung in “Throwdown,” episode seven, season one, Salling did his version of the song almost five years later. In the show, Puck dedicated the song to Quinn, who breaks down and cries during the performance. Not only is it beautifully sung acoustically, but the past and present New Directions dance to a similar choreography done in season one. Yes, Mark Salling, we will “keep holding on” no matter what! 

3. “Girl on Fire” sung by Naya Rivera and featured in “Diva,” episode 13, season four

I prefer this version over Alicia Keys’ version because Rivera had the vocals to pull it off, and the song fit Santana’s situation at the time. Santana recently dropped out of college, is in a rough place, so she decides to move to New York to find her place in life and regain herself! To add to the dramatic effect, Santana walked down the hallways of McKinely in slow motion, and hair was blowing in the wind. With the voice and attitude like that, Naya Rivera was a “girl on fire”!

Thank you, Cory, Mark, and Naya, for all the laughs, smiles, heartbreak, killer performances, and memories! We will never forget you, Finn Hudson, Noah Puckerman, and Santana Lopez!

What was your favorite performance by Cory, Mark, and Naya during their time on Glee? Let me know in the comments below!

Take care and see ya real soon!


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