Archive for Susan Boyle

Susan Did Not Let Us Down!

Posted in Britain, England, UK with tags , , , on 02/12/2009 by floroy1942

I have had the CD on order for many months and two days ago it arrived. With anticipation I slipped it into the car stereo system and waited. It seemed to take forever to load but it was in fact a few seconds. Cue music!

With a great deal of surprise I listened to the first CD release from the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Superstar Susan Boyle. I had been expecting something remarkable, and I was not disappointed as she started to sing ‘Wild Horses’.

As you listen to the songs, you could be forgiven for thinking she is a long established professional like Lena Horne or Shirley Bassey. To think that this very ordinary (to some people a bit quirky) Scottish spinster of 48 who, according to the Press couldn’t handle the pressure, has triumphed over her critics once again.

It was no great surprise to me that this first album has been met with a storm of praise from her fans, and has set records for first day and first week sales.

Looking at the effect the ‘Hollywood’ treatment has had on her appearance on the album sleeve photo’s, I was immediately happy for her. Now, after a hairdo, a bit of makeup and a lovely dress, she looks every inch a star.

When I looked at the song list I was a little surprised at some of the songs included. In particular, I thought at first the inclusion of ‘Daydream Believer’, an uptempo pop song from The Monkees (1967) may have been a mistake. I could not imagine Susan’s voice being able to do it justice as a ‘Pop’ song. Thankfully when it started to play I realised I should not have worried. With a skillful musical arrangement, the song was delivered in a style that suited her voice, and she certainly didn’t let anyone down.The same can be said for her rendition of the Carpenter’s ‘End of the World’, so beautifully performed by Karen Carpenter so many years ago.

There are also two songs with a religious theme on the album, namely; ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’. Both were delivered with a professionalism that was astounding. In particular, I found Susan’s rendition of ‘How Great Thou Art’ haunting to say the least. The use of studio techniques gave the impression she was singing in Westminster Cathedral, and the affect was electrifying.

I also enjoyed ‘You’ll See’ which if you listen to the words, seems to be a message for the cowardly Press who have dogged her every move, making up stories that later proved untrue.

Although all of the songs were wonderful, for me the best was one she used to sing in the Working Men’s Club in her hometown many years ago (See U-Tube); ‘Cry Me A River’, and of course the song that will be associated with her the most; ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.

After all the sniggers and outright laughter prior to her starting to sing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, after all the back-stabbing typical of the British Press, I am glad she has shown her critics that she is a real star, well worthy of the title.

Sing On Susan! Your audience is the world.

Roy.


Susan Boyle – Postscript

Posted in Britain, England, UK with tags , , , on 30/05/2009 by floroy1942

So, the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has taken place and the winner is known. As the results were announced, the tension was plain to see on Susan’s face. Just a short time ago it was announced that she was awarded second place behind the dance group Diversity. Susan was, as one would expect, magnanimous in defeat.

All the acts were, I must say, very good and I would have found it hard to pick a winner, but the British public chose the dance group. The difference between Susan Boyle and the others, is that she has an enduring talent. If she gets the breaks she deserves, she will still be going strong when all the rest are long forgotten. The general public are notoriously fickle, and always have been. As I think Diversity will find out after the Royal Variety Performance, you can be the world’s greatest star today, and yet tomorrow it would be as if you never existed.

I am sorry that Susan Boyle did not win, as I would have enjoyed very much hearing her sing in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the next Royal Variety Performance.

During the last week she has been hounded relentlessly by the Press who seem to have been intent on destroying her. Why this was done no-one seems to know, but the attacks on her were as vicious as only the English press can be. For those who do not know it, The English Press is akin to a pack of jackals in a feeding frenzy when they get their collective teeth into someone, and there are no bounds to the depths of depravity and outright viciousness to which it will stoop. “But you see, it sells newspapers!!!”

The situation got so bad by Wednesday she wanted to drop out of the final, so the organisers of the TV show were forced to move her into a ‘safe house’ where she could recover and prepare herself for the greatest moment in her life.

A Scottish spinster living in a village in Scotland, who’s only ambition in life is to sing for the people finally realised her dream for 99%. The crowning glory would have been the chance to sing for The Queen.

I sincerely hope someone gives her the chance of a recording contract, because she has a voice that should be heard, and if she does bring out a CD, I for one will buy it.

Now after a few short weeks of world-wide fame, she may have to go back to that little Scottish village from whence she came, and get used to ‘life after fame’, but I hope not. From the letters on her fan website (www.susan-boyle.com/) it would seem she has developed a huge following in America and across the world, and I am glad. If the Brits don’t know what a star they have in their midst, I’m happy someone else does.

Her story is like that of Cinderella, and now the clock has struck twelve, but I pray her prince will come along with a recording contract in hand very quickly.

If you wish to see the performance of this remarkable lady please use the following link:


http://www.susan-boyle.com/video/SUSAN-SINGS-I-DREAMED-A-DREAM-B


Good luck Susan, and God bless.


Roy.

Susan Boyle – A Phenomenon

Posted in Britain, England, UK with tags , , on 25/05/2009 by floroy1942

I have just been watching the videos of Susan Boyle’s performance on the TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Normally I avoid such programmes like the plague, mainly because most contestants have no real talent, and the whole thing stinks of a ‘put-up job’. The world-wide furor over a certain frumpy lady of 47 from Scotland prompted me to see what all the fuss is about. Like the rest of the world, it was for me a wake-up call.

During her first performance, I watched with interest the reactions of the judges and audience when she walked out on stage. Her appearance certainly belied her talent, but even so, it was shocking to see the bare-faced derision for this Scottish spinster not only by the judges, but also the audience. I hope for her sake the stage lights prevented her from seeing the looks on peoples faces. But she got the last laugh!

In today’s society, to be a successful pop singer you need the looks and body of a model, male or female, and a huge P.R. machine that will force your music down everyone’s throats. Without it you have no chance. If you have the body and looks of Beyonce, or the sultry aura of George Michael for example, fake as it all is, you are an instant hit with the fickle music crowd of today. Never mind if you don’t have talent, they’ll fix that in the recording studio.

It was therefore extremely refreshing to see an average, middle-aged woman come out on stage before an audience with the intention to sing. She had obviously not spent hours in front of the mirror doing her hair and makeup, and getting herself into a sexy dress, she was just, ordinary.

As soon as she started to sing, mouths popped open all over the auditorium. The faces of the judges were a picture in themselves. For someone off the street so to speak, with no formal vocal training or coaching, she stunned them all.

A video of her performance was placed on Youtube, and suddenly she was a world-wide hit. Views of the first video have topped 59 million, which must be a record even for Youtube. After receiving this mega-exposure, it was no surprise that American talk-show hosts were lining up to get her on their programmes.

Since then of course, the next round of the talent show has taken place, and guess what, Susan is through to the final. I think the judges would have been lynched if they hadn’t vote her through. Singing ‘Memory’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical ‘Cats’ she wowed the audience yet again, despite obviously feeling a bit nervous.

Two previously recorded songs have been found by someone, ‘Cry Me A River’ and ‘Killing Me Softly’. I have listened to them all, and I have to say, it is very seldom that I get emotional when I hear a song or piece of music, but these literally brought tears to my eyes.

Whatever you may think of her looks and the way she dresses, she has tremendous talent, and I hope she can make it as a star in her own right. It must have taken a lot of courage to step out onto that stage knowing what the reaction was likely to be. But thank God, there is still justice in the world. She had the last laugh, and I sincerely hope she now has a career as a singer. She deserves it.


Sing little bird, the world is listening.


Roy.

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