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Futhi Ntshingila

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Special Lesson from Susan Boyle

Yesterday I watched a you tube clip of Susan Boyle and it’s still on my mind. She is a 47 year old woman who had a dream of becoming a professional singer for over 4 decades. She couldn’t realise her dream because she put her life on hold to care for her sickly mother who has since passed on.

When the chance presented itself through the “Britain’s got talent” show, at 47 years of age Susan grabbed it despite the cynicism so prevalent in most of these shows. Her looks are the total opposite of the wanna-be successful singer – (the X factor bull). Susan is neither young, tall, slim nor blonde as it would be expected. The cynics chuckled and looked uncomfortable by the sight presented to them.

The moment of truth arrived and she blew their socks off. Susan sang “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables, she sung it beautifully with such ease. She affirmed my constant support for the underdogs, those put on the margins by society’s fake norms.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this special lady’s lesson to society’s plastic rules, do yourselves a favour check and key in Susan Boyle. Watch and weep. Thanks Susan Boyle for affirming the power of simplicity.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 17th, 2009 @14:47 #

    Thanks for posting this, Futhi. I saw it a day or so ago after following an interweb trail and it made me weep as well. Here's a link to it:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 17th, 2009 @15:14 #

    Has anyone read Chart Throb by Ben Elton? I can't watch a talent show the same way again. It thoroughly uncovers the cynical formulae behind shows like Pop Idols and such. The producers routinely select a bunch of losers, can't-sings and non-modelesque finalists for thrills and laughs, knowing full-well that and when they will be voted off. The Susan Boyles are known as the "mingers". There are also "clingers" and "blingers". The show feeds their delusion in return for great, gladiatorially vicious entertainment.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 17th, 2009 @15:30 #

    You're dead right, Louis. It is total audience manipulation, but in this case I didn't care. I locked my cynical streak into its box and enjoyed watching someone worthy having their five minutes for once. She got to me.
    I have read Chart Throb - totally takes the piss out of Simon Cowell and the whole sorry mess. As does the movie American Dreamz. Elton also attacks reality shows in another novel (I forget the name and am now too lazy to look it up).

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    April 17th, 2009 @15:52 #

    The reality show one was Dead Famous. Love Ben Elton. Ben Elton for prez.

    Like Louis, having read Chart Throb took the gilt off the gingerbread for me a bit regarding the Susan Boyle clip. But there was still plenty of gingerbread. She has a magnificent voice and I hope she goes far.


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