Something amazing happened last week in Britain that affected the whole world. When a middle aged woman, somewhat less than stylish, walked out on stage of the tv reality show Britain’s Got Talent people expected the worst. But when she opened her mouth to sing the touching number from the Broadway show Les Miserables everyone was stunned at what they heard.
This was someone with more than a beautiful voice. More than someone who was comfortable in her own skin. This was someone who could reach into your center, grab your heart and touch the most basic part of your soul. She didn’t let go untill the end and even then people felt the impact long afterwards. Their heart and soul was open as it seldom, if ever, had been open before. There was weeping, smiling, giggling and amazement. A week later people are still talking.
Susan Boyle is a 47 year old woman who devoted her adult life to caring for her mother. She was ridiculed as a youngster for her learning disability. When asked why she selected this particular song she replied that it summed up how she was feeling about her life. She dreamt of becoming a professional singer but life had killed her dream.
Well Susan you were wrong. Your dream is still very alive and we are all part of it. May you continue to touch the souls and open the hearts of your audience. We need you to help us realize this part of us that we no longer recognize. The world is a song and the song is exciting.
I Dreamed A Dream (excerpt)
There was a time when men were kind,
And 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 when it all went wrong…
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living,
So different now from what it seemed…
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed…