On Monday, “The Deacon’s Bench” had a post on “I Dreamed a Dream”. As much as I loved the song, I didn’t see, from the post, the relevance of bringing it up, and didn’t follow his link. I mean, Les Miserables is over 20 years old (though it was recently revamped and revived on Broadway after being closed for a couple years). Neil Diamond popularized this particular song 20 some years ago. Why bring it up now?
When Deacon Greg Kandra put a second post under the title “No song unsung, no wine untasted.” It had to do with some reality TV contestant named Susan Boyle. I had seen references to her on other blogs yesterday, so I said, “OK, I’ll bite.” I played the YouTube clip, and I was stunned. It really is one of the most moving and inspiring things I’ve seen in my life. I have never seen Simon Cowell so visibly impressed with a performer. I know he was thinking, “This is why I’ve been doing all these shows.” I know that’s what he said years ago about Clay Aiken (who turned out to be a huge disappointment in many respects).
Since then, he’s posted a *third* time about her.
Someone has already set up a fan site, SusanBoyle.com. The Vancouver Sun has published an article on her instant worldwide celebrity status.
The internet duly exploded with Susan Boyle-mania, with her YouTube video bringing 5.6 million viewings in just three days. Her performance has been seen on CNN and been plastered on newspaper pages from Australia to New York.
Increased demand from music downloaders has sent the original cast recording of the song she performed up the iTunes singles chart, and to top it all off, Boyle has said she has already had a meeting with Sony BMG with a view to releasing an album. “I can’t say much about it. It’s early days and I’m taking baby steps.”
She’s the youngest of nine children, a Catholic who skipped daily Mass for the first time in years to be on the show. She lived with her parents and cared for them until her mother died two years ago. Not only is she a virgin, but she’s never been kissed. She has been singing since she was 12, and she’s always wanted to be a professional singer. Beloved in her parish, she’s otherwise always been a social outcast. She has mental disabilities and certain appearance issues due to her oxygen being cut off during birth.
Her story is certainly one of virtue being rewarded in this life, as well as the next.