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Susan Boyle: SO MUCH MORE THAN A SONG
By L. K. Craft - Hisayasu   
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Last edited: Monday, April 20, 2009
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009

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The story that's warmed a world is so much more than just a great performance.

I have not let go of that one amazing performance given by the totally obscure, unlikely, rather frumpy, non-fashionable, outdated, woman named Susan Boyle.  How is it that a world could be moved by one song. 

Youtube.com has various edited copies.  It’s actually painful to watch the one that shows the audience, because we too are the audience.  While finding humor in her appearance, the faces in the audience, or our faces should I say, give way to the belief that she was ‘delusional’ or ‘somehow demented’ to think she had anything to offer us.  Ms. Boyle’s moving of her hips and accepting our laughter contributed to further smirks.  But there really isn’t one bit of humor in life that isn’t somehow grounded in pain, now is there? The uncomfortable viewer needs to turn this into humor for their entertainment rather than to take a hard look at themselves and why they are misusing this lady for such a purpose.  Why is it that we need to find those less attractive, less capable, less fortunate? Is it so that we can contrast ourselves and feel superior?  Reality TV thrives of finding these individuals and provides the ultimate feasts for public consumption.  Our appetite for laughing at others continues to grow.  Reality TV continues to breed a new pastime of laughing at those less fortunate. Susan Boyle has caused us to pause and think about all that . . .

Not only was her presence and voice a huge message for all of us to hear, but she chose a song  which would deliver the punch . . .   The words are powerful and poignant.   

                                                                                                                    
And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

(From Les Miserable / Fantine left alone and destitute)
 
  
 
 
Are we not killing people’s dreams by living and emphasizing a world of looks, size, race, and political correctness?  This blog is not about Susan Boyle, there are millions of well written and well deserved articles about her on Google.com.  I just believe the impact of all of this offers us more than one ballad, one lady, one moment.  It offers us an opportunity to question our judgmental nature and examine our intent in how we treat each other.  

 

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Reviewed by Julie Murphy (Reader) 6/8/2009
Thanks for such a thought provoking article. It is a sad fact of life that most of the developed world works on these false preconceptions. Which of two talented applicants gets the job - the one who appears dowdy or the one who is attractive? Who do you chat with in the street? The person who is well groomed or the person in the cast-off overcoat who obviously hasn't had the chance to shower recently? I could go on. Now more than ever we have the chance to see that we are more than our appearances. Many people have had to "downgrade" their lives lately. Some have very sadly lost their homes. Now we see that people on the street are just like the rest of us, only they have nowhere permanent to live. Thanks, Susan Boyle, for showing us our not-so-pretty selves. It's just too bad that already you have been hurt by the system that seems to love you so much.
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 6/1/2009
Thoughtful and true. Well written.
Reviewed by Marion Dollar 4/23/2009
I saw this performance by Susan Boyle. Never have I been so moved and so humbled by her voice and her rendition of the song from Les Miserable. I was in tears when she finished. If she isn't made a star from that performance alone someone is missing the oppotutnity of a lifetime. Where has she been hiding? And "Yes" we are killing peoples dreams based on skin deep beauty rather than God given talent.



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