April 16, 2009

Susan Boyle

Jumping on the viral video bandwagon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

The thing about it is that it's poetry in life. If this is really what reality TV was like I'd be all over it all the time, but in truth Susan Boyle is the exception that proves the rule. The internet is abuzz with how crazy it is that someone that looks like that can sing like that, but that really only accounts for that first blazing moment when she starts to sing. What's truly remarkable here isn't just disparity between inner and outer beauty. What elevates the performance to art is that she's singing her life and her dreams; not of overcoming but of surviving adversity. She does all of of this with charm, grace and elegance not even hinted at in the preamble to her performance. She has her moment in the sun and starts to walk off the stage when she's done, because she's done. And the world falls in love.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high,
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
When dreams were made and used,
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung,
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hopes apart
As they turn your dreams to shame.

And still I dream he'll come to me
And we will live our lives together
But there are dreams which 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 seems
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

Posted by Ken Allen at April 16, 2009 9:04 AM