Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Susan Boyle - for those who judge by appearances

Susan Boyle came onto the stage of 'Britain's Got Talent' after announcing to the world that she had 'never been married' and 'never been kissed'. Her previous singing experience was limited to the church choir and karaoke. The audience laughed and the judges shook their heads in disbelief as she said she would like to be as successful as Elaine Paige.

Susan Boyle turned mockery into awe and laughter into tears. Piers Morgan described her as stunning and 'the biggest surprise in three years on the show' while Simon Cowell said she could go back home and with her head held high.

Miss Boyle now has her own fan site. Cranmer is not usually disposed to posting on such trivial matters, but just occasionally there comes an inspirational incarnation which humiliates the arrogant, challenges the self-righteous and humbles the proud.

His Grace awaits the one who will do the same to Gordon Brown.


OpenID pol-e-tics said...

It still brings tears and joy.

14 April 2009 at 20:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your grace,
I do agree
she is major

14 April 2009 at 20:33  
Blogger Oldrightie said...

A lovely lady with a beautiful voice. Well blogged, your Grace!

14 April 2009 at 20:34  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Superb..I broke out in a sweat!

14 April 2009 at 21:32  
OpenID curly15 said...

A wonderful choice to post on Your Grace, I share your hopes!

14 April 2009 at 21:44  
Anonymous Humpty Dumpty said...

Susan Boyle is a wonderful talent and a humble lady - the widespread acknowledgement of her talent is recognition of substance over image. I hope she goes on to prosper in her chosen profession!

14 April 2009 at 21:51  
Anonymous Joshua said...

I can't remember when I felt like that before, its been so long since I have experienced something so positive and doodah (lost for words). Doom and negativity has spewed out of my TV and laptop for , well, I don't know how long.

Bloody marvelous love, I have got a special kiss for you if ever I get the chance.

14 April 2009 at 21:55  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Alas, Your Grace, the lady capable of sorting out Brown and the mess he's made of our country is now too old and too frail to take up the mantle a second time...

14 April 2009 at 22:58  
Blogger Gnostic said...

PS Susan Boyle really showed them didn't she? Maybe I should take time to watch this show from time to time. I've never considered it worthwhile before, considering it a freak show (like BB) from the column inches it produces.

14 April 2009 at 23:00  
Blogger someday said...

Good luck to her.

14 April 2009 at 23:30  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...


15 April 2009 at 00:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this briefly while at a friends house (I don't watch TV much). Having watched the whole thing, I'm convinced its a put up job. Its too perfect. The background story, the setup, the payoff. That's a professional singing. All the other stuff about be 47 and never kissed (not that that can't happen) is to create a good 'story' for the press. I cannot believe someone who can sing like that would NEVER have had the chance to do so in front of an audience, and having done so immediately go on to bigger and better things.

15 April 2009 at 00:21  
Blogger aproposofwhat said...

Archbish - I watched her on Saturday and was in tears.

A beautiful voice in a woman that we wouldn't look twice at - how many good people do we dismiss because of their looks?

Damian McBride, for instance - surely a pure and innocent boy soprano calumnised by that bastard Guido?

Dolly Draper - a Pavarotti wannabe only restricted by his ineptitude?

Gordon, the monocular moron of the manse - disadvantaged by his obvious mental illness?

After all that, Susan has a bloody good voice.

15 April 2009 at 02:12  
Anonymous Shakassoc said...

Don't those idiots realise you are supposed to wait until the end before applauding?

15 April 2009 at 10:05  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Amazing Lady, Incredible voice, if I may be permitted to draw a parallel, rather like Christianity, written off without a hearing, scorned by the intelligensia, laughed at by the masses, ridiculed by the know it alls. But when given a chance the glory inside breaks forth in glorious song, suprising, shocking, bringing joy to those to those who hear.

15 April 2009 at 10:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would truly renew my faith in humanity would be if Susan Boyle had come on stage and completely bombed... and people all over the world still loved and adored her.

People don't have to prove themselves - either outwardly *or* inwardly - to be worthwhile and respected for their basic humanity.

15 April 2009 at 14:52  
Blogger ZZMike said...

It does show us that Britain does have talent.

Last year, Potts, this year, Boyle.

15 April 2009 at 16:12  
Anonymous Susan said...

I just cant stop watching her video. I've been googling her all day!

I've even setup a fansite!!

Susan Boyle BGT Fansite - VideoCant wait to hear what she is going to sing next!!

15 April 2009 at 17:42  
Blogger Timmy the Catwot said...

Truly astonishing. In an age of shallow nonsense and media hype it is good to see such a genuine and warm person suddenly turn the tables. There is something of the Gospel parable in this seven minute event. Very moving indeed. What a very nice lady and such a timely reminder that good things come out of Scotland as well as things like that miserable bitter man in Downing Street.

15 April 2009 at 20:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the very first phrase Susan was transformed, apparently connecting with a highly developed inspirational alter ego, which, along with her superb vocal technique and sensitivity, has triggered a worldwide emotional response.
My singing teacher used to tell me "Make your audience go cross-eyed with emotion". In my own teaching that will in future be known as 'The Susan effect'.

15 April 2009 at 20:33  
Blogger dutchlionfrans1953 said...


Thanks for posting this! How inspriring! How this ignites and kindles our hopes!

One wonders how many talents are lost to the world because of the evil worldly systems put in place that deny people like Susan a chance to express their talents. Thank God she took that chance when offered! Een if it took 35 years!

It also reminds me that it is not enough to have talent. Talent must be given a chance of expression, and be cultivated...but if it is in the wrong soil?...

How tragic... like myself ...does not everybody find inspiration here and looks at oneself?... I find myself in a city that is really the wrong soil for me to be alive and thrive. I just survive. That is NOT the will of God, but what can one do? How does one find the right soil?

If I could post pictures, I could post the photos of chestnuts that grew in my city, Den Helder: small and chestnuts that grew in Zwolle, another city in the Netherlands. It is not the fault of the chestnut trees. The difference is that the chestnut trees are planted in the wrong soil, and the chestnut trees in Zwolle are growing in the right soil. So theur thrive while the chestnut trees in Den Helder - as a picture of myself as well - just barely survive.

This reminds me of one of Mike Murdocks wisdom keys: You must go were you are celebrated, not just tolerated!

It's not easy to find your home: The place where you belong. Where you can thrive and not just survive. Where you can be alive, and not just exist. I have not find it so far. And I have been praying and looking for it, for 55 years now. (that is my age)

I am reminded of the Word of God through Solomon: "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." Ecclesiastes 9: 11

That is the Bible's 9/11! The New Living version says: "I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time."

16 April 2009 at 13:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Boyle should withdraw from the talent competition right now. She is clearly in a class of her own and would gain nothing through exposing herself to judgement along with others whose talents are so varied that valid comparison is impossible.
Already she is assured, if she be so minded, of success far beyond the immediate rewards of winning the competition: and without having to endure the degrading exploitation which pervades this form of entertainment.
Apart from which she is in an invidious situation.... If she wins, there can be no denying that the scales are already weighted unfairly in her favour. And if she loses riots could ensue!
The organisers might welcome Susan's withdrawal as a way of avoiding damaging controversy.

16 April 2009 at 15:44  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Is the tide turning? Are we finally judging entertainers on their merits rather than their appearance?

17 April 2009 at 04:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why don't you go soak your head?

17 April 2009 at 04:29  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Non sum pisces.
Fac ut vivas!

17 April 2009 at 19:47  
Anonymous Fran said...

Scroll down the page here


and listen to Miss Boyle sing 'Cry Me a River'. Sensational!

18 April 2009 at 20:02  

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