Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Don't Know What to Title This Post

I've had loads of ideas for a title popping into my mind, and none of them do this woman justice. I'm sure most of you have heard all about her. I'm just putting out the word in my own little way, because I truly believe in promoting beautiful things.

As in intro, I want to take a moment and talk about YouTube. We're not exactly friends. I think we could be friends if I wasn't crawling along with dial-up speeds of around 26 Kbps. Snail speeds, you know? Because of this, when people send me links to videos on YouTube I typically skip them by. A 3-4 minute video has been known to take up to 2 hours to load. Crazy, I know.

My husband came home from work tonight raving about a video I just had to see. A woman by the name of Susan Boyle was making quite the sensation on England's version of "American Idol", called "Britian's Got Talent." From the moment you see her, you're convinced she's one of those people they let through for pure comedy. She's a 47-year old single woman who lives with her cat Pebbles. She's never been married - never even been kissed as she teasingly tells us.

The video clip is just over 7 minutes. I couldn't for a moment imagine waiting around for however long it would take to load that sucker up, but I was humoring my husband so I waited...and waited...and cleaned the living room...while waiting. Finally about the first two minutes of the clip loaded and I sat down to see what all the fuss was about.

Let me just say, I continued waiting just so I could see the entire clip! The voice that came out of such a seemingly plain woman was extraordinary. Where has she been hiding for so many years!?! I watched the stunned faces of the judges. I cried as this woman received well-deserved praise. I saw the effect she had on the entire audience. Even in this little living room here in an innocuous town in Utah, there were lives changed.

I hope you take the time to watch this clip, even if it means waiting an hour or two. I'm posting the link as I'm horrible at trying to figure out how to post videos. As you watch, keep in mind you never know what beautiful treasures are encased in what might seem a plain package.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PPlkOyaqaQ

4 comments:

Momma Ellen said...

Wow, Laurie, thanks for sharing. That was awesome.

Debbie D said...

This one was worth the wait. What a beautiful gift. My daughters teacher used this as an example of why we shouldn't "judge a book by it's cover" I think it really got through to the kids. Thank you for sharing it too.

Josie and Wayne said...

I saw this lady on the nightly news, and she is pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing the link.

Regine said...

Yes, Laurie, this woman is amazing. They posted another song she recorded for charity 10 years ago. Not only could she sing that song from Les Miserables, she is versatile.
Listen to this
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/technology_internetcritic/2009/04/susan-boyles-makeover-and-a-new-song.html
You won't regret it either.