Lisa Schwarzbaum on why we love Susan Boyle.


"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."


In case you somehow missed it, Susan Boyle sings on Britain's Got Talent.

I agree with Lisa's assessment, and would add that the song choice doesn't hurt either.


Spiro said...

i saw this on eugene cho's blog. man, she's really causing a stir!

Holly said...

The song, I agree, is what makes all that irony crescendo into something that stops us in our tracks. Let's go see Les Mis!

Maryann said...

Sometimes good singers seem like a dime a dozen on these kinds of shows, but every once and a while someone comes along who isn't just some pretty young thing whose been wanting to be famous since they were a kid and instead it's a person who has kept the dream to themselves, or never been given the chance they need. I think another huge pull is that she's so frank and confident, but not in a way that depends on other people's opinions of her. She's downright inspirational!

And yes, Holly LET'S!