I was one of the 25 million people who have watched Scottish Susan Boyle, 47, Unemployed on YouTube as she sang on Britain’s Got talent. A heartwarming story of an 'ugly duckling turning into a beautiful Swan'. A transforming voice proceeding, from what can only be described as ordinariness. She sang 'I dreamed a dream' from Les Miserables.
I dreamed a dream in time gone by,
When hope was high and life, worth living.
I dreamed that love would never die,
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
I even mentioned it in my sermon on Sunday morning, as an illustration of a sort of resurrection. How hope inspires. How seeing is believing.
It reminded me and probably most of the other people watching (!) of , Paul Potts, the carphone warehouse salesman from Wales who wanted to sing opera. He has been Susan Boyles inspiration. I remember watching that video so many times - Paul Potts sings Nessun Dorma high quality video/sound widescreen 16: He reached some 60 million YouTube viewings, but it took him a little longer. Now the whole process seems to speed up and fame can be so instant.
I just hope that such showbiz 'life' does not kill the dream.
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...