Friday, April 17, 2009

2365 More Ms. Boyle

Friday, April 17, 2009

I heard that the Susan Boyle videos (I posted a link a few days ago) have set the record for views on YouTube. Probably because almost no one watches it once. Many people have noted that it makes them cry, and they're not sure why.

From Lisa Schwarzbaum, at Popwatch:
...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. ....

Me, it's because I'm so happy for her.

Here she is singing Cry Me a River, from a 1999 limited edition CD for a charity. Sorry about the pops, every one I tried had the same popping sound. Odd that this one doesn't make me cry, probably because I just listened, didn't watch. I guess it IS the image that does it.


1 comment:

Sherry said...

The point is that the people judged her BEFORE she even opened her mouth. You are right about the package. Goes to show you HOW the majority of the public acts. People are judgemental.