There are times I think it would be great to hearken back to the time before television. The time when family sat around the radio and listened to the likes of Jack Benny and Fred Allen with wonder. The time before you had any idea of what those who so entertained you looked like. If we could do that maybe the phenomenal success of Susan Boyle wouldn't be so surprising!
I've been browsing through all the reports on this latest subject of media hype. I find it interesting, as was the case with Paul Potts, she was not without some musical training and experience. Never-the-less, she's seemingly come out of no where and is being fawned over by celebrities and and talk show hosts ad nauseam. She has a voice. You bet she does and we're so "surprised". Some articles have even suggested it's bad for for aspiring performers to see the likes of Miss Boyle and Mr. Potts gain such sudden success because they will be less inclined to put in the hard work necessary should an American Idol or Britain's Got Talent not come along. I think not. As I mentioned, both Boyle and Potts earned their time in the limelight.
What I don't give a whit about is how the media types and the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are drooling over her. I care very much that both took advantage of an opportunity presented and withstood the arched eyebrows and rolling eyes with dignity. They believed in themselves and their dream. Because of their belief in themselves we've been the fortunate ones. We get to share the gift.
Making the rounds is a suggestion that Simon has had his hand in Miss Boyle's success. Maybe, though I doubt he would do anything to jeopardize the vehicle that has made him rich and famous unto himself.
As far as the question as to whether or not Miss Boyle can really sing, I suggest you listen to a demo tape she made ten years ago.
Go ahead. Close your eyes and pretend it's the radio. Miss Boyle's got talent. Undeniably beautiful talent.