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Music Monday: Mercedes singing “Anyone Who Had a Heart” by Dionne Warwick

March 29, 2010

Yes, indeed, it’s Music Monday time again, gleeks! This week I’ve picked a tune for Mercedes to showcase her skills: “Anyone Who Had a Heart” by Dionne Warwick. Check out the video below (apologies for the subtitles!) and then read on for why this is my fantasy performance choice for this week:

Songs from Dionne Warwick’s vast catalogue have already appeared on Glee a few times (“I Say a Little Prayer” and “Don’t Make Me Over”), and for good reason. The woman has an amazing voice and many of her songs would fit perfectly into the storylines of Glee, including this hit from 1963. Yes, I know that the last time Mercedes had her heart broken she sang a bit more of an aggressive number (and literally busted the windows of Kurt’s car to boot!), but I still see this song as being the diva’s next sorrowful solo. The word on the street is that Mercedes is getting a love interest in the second season, and if the relationships we’ve already seen on Glee are telling signs, this new romance won’t be without its fair share of problems. By finally finding the partner she’s been looking for (hopefully both musically and romantically), Mercedes might begin to mature more, but perhaps she’ll fall for her boy too hard and too fast. She might scare him away with her intense feelings, but the relationship’s effect on her maturity is lasting, and thus she would pick a more sophisticated song to express her heartbreak.

I personally love when Mercedes sings old-school R&B/soul-type numbers (my fave Mercedes song is “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”), and I think this would be another great song to showcase the range and depth of her vocal talents. The song is soft yet powerful, and I really want Mercedes to mix it up a bit more with her song choices!

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