Never Judge a Book …

 

… by its cover!

 

This is simply one the most thrilling moments of video I’ve ever witnessed and I share the discovery of it with my long-time friend, Hanky, who sent it and my dear sojourning blogger and friend, Mrs. Blandings, who learned of it at around the same time I did (we share a Facebook connection together) and has posted it on her site as well. Disclosure: I never watch American Idol and perhaps that is very narrow of me, yet, nevertheless, I don’t think this will disappoint. Mrs. Blandings (Patricia) also went on to add some personal information regarding the exceptional Susan Boyle that only adds to the experience:

“I watched Susan Boyle stand in front of a lot of people and sing. She said it was her dream since she was twelve. And the thing that I think has been such a stunner for some people is that her voice does not match her appearance. But the thing that had me crying at my keyboard was that she is 47, unemployed, has never been kissed and lives with her cat and she pursued a quite unlikely dream. I’m sure that when she told people she was going to try out for Britain’s Got Talent they said, “Oh! You should!” But I also bet that women from her village who called themselves her friends probably said, “Nonsense. A waste of time and a waste of money. What is she thinking?”

Worth your time-starved life to take a listen.
UPDATE: Apologies for the inconvenience. To view it will be necessary to go directly to YouTube.

Mrs. Blandings who enjoys far more traffic than I has a multitude of responses to this astonishing video. Also, a wonderful recommendation from one of her readers for a review of this performance written for The Guardian.

Excerpt:

“Is Susan Boyle ugly? Or are we? On Saturday night she stood on the stage in Britain’s Got Talent; small and rather chubby, with a squashed face, unruly teeth and unkempt hair. She wore a gold lace dress, which made her look like a piece of pork sitting on a doily. Interviewed by Ant and Dec beforehand, she told them that she is unemployed, single, lives with a cat called Pebbles and has never been kissed. Susan then walked out to chatter, giggling, and a long and unpleasant wolf whistle.

Why are we so shocked when “ugly” women can do things, rather than sitting at home weeping and wishing they were somebody else?”

UPDATE: The phenom that is Susan Boyle isn’t going away anytime soon. Every news feed, commentator, talk show host and media enterprise in the world has weighed in as has the public with over thirty million youtube views. Expect to see upcoming interview with Oprah and Larry King.

In the meantime, this modest and humbling woman was singing like this in 1999. What took so long to get her into the well deserved limelight. Anyone remember Julie London singing “Cry Me A River?” Susan does her one better.

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 04/15/09.

8 Responses to “Never Judge a Book …”

  1. Why am I such a knucklehead that I could not find a way to embed this? Old dog and new tricks and all that. btw, I don’t watch Idol, either.

  2. Mrs. Blandings,

    Think not of it. Every day I approach these same ‘new tricks’ with an old, wearying and disagreeable mind set.

  3. Couldn’t open your video here so I went to YouTube to view it… and what a humbling experience! Thanks for sharing and I’m sure Susan Boyle is going to be a household name like Paul Potts.

    • Thanks Arti for the alert. Apparently, embedding for this
      video has been denied. Thanks for being resourceful in
      getting there. For others, the direct link is

  4. Well written!

  5. As for the traffic – it’s just a matter of time.

  6. Sue Boyle looks like a man in drag. And for that reason, she’ll never reach the lofty heights of (say) a Britney Spears in the world of recorded music. Talent wise Boyle probably has more in her little pinky when it comes to singing than Spears does in her whole body. However, looks do matter. It may be a sad commentary in today’s world, but it’s true. She has two things working against her: her age, and her sex. I can’t think of any women songbirds (past or present) that were downright unattractive when they started their singing careers. Carole King comee to mind. Can any of us forget the homely photo of King on the album jacket of “Tapestry?” (by the way, one of the best albums of all time) But King was barely 30, if that, when she recorded “Tapestry.” Not 47. Men now…different story. Roy Orbison..Van Morrison. Unattractive gentlemen but solid recording careers. Maybe the lesson here is that it’s a man’s world. I applaud Boyle for deciding against the extreme makeover. Saying in essence, take me for who I am (warts and all) or don’t take me at all. She’ll have her 15 minutes of fame. She’ll have her legion of fans for years to come. But when it comes to icon status or even celebrity status, Susan is a “no show.”

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