The High School Musical Soundtrack collection has been one of my least enjoyable collections as a parent, and now that our eldest girl has outgrown them, I really miss them! And I think she loved the music more than the television series and film trilogy.
There was a magical time in our personal family history when our eldest girl would not only listen to the High School Musical soundtracks, but also sing them for us in the living room and dance the numbers like she was part of the cast. The sounds and songs of High School Musical not only filled the living room for special performances, but her bedroom, the bathroom, the long car rides and even while I was working on projects in the garage. We always laughed as we claimed how annoying they were, but no negative sense of humor would take her away from the magic of the music she loved!
This golden era lasted from 2006 through late 2008, with remnants of that magical innocence lingering through the early part of 2009 when her tastes slowly morphed into the dark, androgynous world of Lady Gaga.
She was an immediate fan of the High School Musicalfilm, as were so many fans, driving the original film to be the most successful in Disney Channel Original Movie history since it aired on January 20, 2006! It had an amazing 7.7 million viewers in the United States during that original broadcast. As a result, the television series High School Musical 2 was immediately produced and introduced in 2007, followed by the feature big screen film High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was released in theaters on October 24, 2008. The theatrical release grossed $80,000,000 during its first weekend, currently holding the worldwide record.
The High School Musical soundtrack collection had equal success, with the first High School Musical, recorded in just 5 days and released 10 days before the first film, went on to sell over 3.7 million copies in the United States and Canada, and was the best selling album of 2006! The High School Musical 2 soundtrack went on to become the 2nd best selling album of 2007, claiming the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with 615,000 albums sold during its first week. High School Musical 3: Senior Year soundtrack began to do less well, though still hugely successful at the number 2 spot on the Billboard 200 with 297,000 copies sold during its first week.
I never got into the story or the musical, that was for our girl. But she loved the conflicting Romeo & Juliette type of romance of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, played by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. A jock boy and a nerdy girl coming together to try out for the school musical, while tearing the school apart and staying together in spite of their powerful peer pressure, what love.
Though she loved the television series and films, our girl’s favorite by far was the High School Musical soundtrack collection. It was a non-stop display of her love of music, romance and dance. It got heavy and annoying at times, but it always brought a smile to our faces. I’m so sad to see that golden and beautiful phase of her innocence and youth fade. I lament it with sadness and miss the sound of her ephemeral youth.
The memory of it now lives in our minds and hearts, and with the exception of Lady Gaga, she’s adapted more mature and poetic ways to express herself, such as the music of Leona Lewis and Alicia Keys, as well as with her own writing. And her growing interest in the school chorus is a collective of her maturing interest in music and poetry, as we had the privilege of seeing her perform during last night’s winter concert!