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This past weekend, the world was saddened to hear the news of Cory Monteith’s death. He was a young, talented guy with his whole life and unlimited opportunities ahead of him. To me, this is such an awful tragedy. Cory’s lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol were proven today to have caused his death. It’s hard to imagine how someone doing so well would partake in heroin or lose themselves in substances, but it’s a sad story we hear too often. Cory, as everyone knows, had been dating Lea Michele, and I wish her strength and support during this difficult time.

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I wanted to take a look back at some of Finn’s greatest musical moments on “Glee.” I have never missed an episode, as many of you haven’t, but I know we will all be missing Finn and Cory in every episode to come. I apologize for the quality of some of the videos, these older clips are not available on the Glee website.

In Season 1, Rachel and Finn duet on the amazing tune “No Air,” by Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown. Speaking of sparks, the chemistry is tangible between these two as they sing together for one of the first times. I couldn’t find a video of the performance but had to include this, plus the video I did find is a Finn and Rachel montage (again, so sad because they were loves in real life too!).

I think one of the all-time best episodes was in Season Two, the episode where Burt (Kurt’s Dad) and Carole (Finn’s Mom) get married. This song is performed during the processional and it was so cute the way the kids come out singing down the aisle. Finn starts it off perfectly. I love love this Bruno Mars song!

Later in the same episode, during the reception, Finn sings “Just the Way You Are,” directed at Kurt. It is another outstanding Bruno Mars song and is a very sweet song about accepting his new brother.

Also in season 2, the Halloween episode has an amazing mash-up of MJ’s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll.” Dressed as a zombie in a football uniform, Finn has the fun job of covering Vincent Price’s talking portion.

Earlier in the same episode, Finn does a killer cover of the Zombie’s “She’s Not There,” (get it, it’s funny because he’s dressed like a zombie).  I couldn’t find the video but had to include the link to the song because I particularly loved this Finn song.

During Sectionals in Season 3, the stage goes dark and Finn begins MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.” The New Directions slay the song and Finn starts it off and carries the tune effortlessly.

One of the most fun Finn moments is the “Harlem Shake” part from this past season where we follow him at college, living it up frat boy style. He doesn’t necessarily sing but such a great Finn clip.

There are honestly a ton of other great Finn/Cory moments, as we all know. I picked some of the ones that stood out to me over the years. I cannot even imagine how the show is going to tackle Cory’s death and write it into the story line. If they have Finn killed (which seems the only way) there isn’t going to be a dry eye in the house. I honestly can’t even imagine what it will be like on set for those actors, at least for awhile.

Cory being gone so suddenly reminds me of when, in the 11th grade, a boy in my class named Michael died suddenly in a car crash. He was a really good kid, funny, upbeat, always a smile on his face. I didn’t know him that well but I was inspired to write a poem (back then I wrote poetry). I would like to share that poem with you all now, as it seems fitting.

There lived a candle with a flame

that smiled like the moon.

The flame was strong and bright and sweet

but the light was gone too soon.

It danced and flickered, made us laugh,

brought light to all our eyes.

The flame was burning til one night

it vanished without goodbyes.

A life cut short with broken dreams,

a beauty gone too fast.

Only leaving memories

that will have to be the last.

Time is the only way for us to really learn to handle

the pain, the grief, the love, the loss

when God blew out the candle.

-Written 12/16/2000.

Cory, you will be missed! ! Hopefully you are at peace now.

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Cory Monteith: 1982-2013

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