"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Friday, April 17, 2009

Susan Boyle: Truth and Beauty


Susan Boyle Stuns Crowd with Epic Singing

Evidently, most everyone around the world knows about Susan Boyle and her amazing performance on Britain's Got Talent. If you remember, I posted Paul Pott's audition, and this is a similar situation.
Susan walked out on the stage, and was judged so quickly and harshly by her appearance that it made me cringe. Susan is 47, lives with her cat, and told an interviewer she has never been kissed. As she came across the stage, laughter erupted from parts of the audience, and a random person whistled (sarcastically). I think that whistle is what angered me most.
But none of this flustered her, she was cheeky and completely herself.

And then, she began singing.

I cannot believe that this voice, this amazing voice, has not been discovered before. She sang for a charity in 1999, and cut a CD of Cry Me a River that makes me weep and so envious of the pure talent this woman possesses.

I have to wonder, was she not "discovered" because of the same reasons people judged her on the night of her audition? Was she swept aside and judged by appearance alone? Because her voice is not just a good voice, it is magical and pure.

Susan's life will never be the same--and thank God for that. I wish for her to succeed in a way that makes any memories of judgment and disrespect disappear. We are the lucky ones to enjoy her gift.

And I hope the man who whistled in that audience has learned a thing or two about beauty. It may not appear in front of you in the package you expect. It may surprise you, capture you, and grasp your heart from places you never imagined.

It is a lesson for us all.

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