Dreams Can Come True- Susan Boyle

For those of you who have not seen this, get ready.  For those of you who have, can you really see this enough?  This is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen.

Follow my instructions closely: read the lyrics, watch the video, read the commentary from Lisa Schwarzbaum  @ EW.com.

Susan Boyle is 47 year old, unmarried, unemployed woman who lives with her cats.  She auditions on “Britan’s Got Talent” singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables.  For those of you who do not know this song here are the lyrics:

[Fantine is left alone, unemployed and destitute.]

Fantine
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in times 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
And 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 hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we’ll live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So much different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

Now watch the video.  It will play in a pop-up so come back to read the rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnmbJzH93NU

Now read the commentary from Lisa Schwarzbaum at EW.com

I’m still stuck on Susan Boyle, and still weeping. I suppose that’s so 24 hours ago, and I should be thinking instead about how Mel Gibson’s divorce might affect his box-office cred with conservative Catholics. Instead, I play the YouTube clip over and over of Boyle, the frumpy, middle-aged British lady who marched out on the stage of the national TV show Britain’s Got Talent this past weekend. She bided her time through the judgmental hoots and snickers of the studio audience and judges (headed by international snickerer-in-chief Simon Cowell). She sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. And she brought a worldwide audience to their feet — to her feet — with the grandeur of her voice.

I’ll get back to pondering how Vin Diesel’s future might change with the success of Fast & Furious soon enough, but right now I’m pondering why the experience of watching and listening to Ms. Boyle makes so many viewers cry, me among them. And I think I’ve got a simple answer, at least for me: In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging — the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts — the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms. Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace. She pierced my defenses. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective from time to time.

Yep. Simple as that.  That’s why I weep. What’s your excuse?

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