Even if you don’t watch “Britain’s Got Talent” on TV, if you’ve had a news channel on in the past week, you have heard of the newest singing talent phenomenon, Susan Boyle, and have seen at least a portion of her YouTube video from her Week 1 performance. If it didn’t bring tears of joy overflowing from your heart, then you have no heart, friend!
She seems to have appeared out of nowhere, but according to some accounts, she is well-known for singing in church and on Karaoke circuits in her native Scotland. She has had her own Channel on YouTube.com since 2007, created and maintained by her nephew, since she has said she does not have a computer–although it’s possible that she has one now! Wherever she gets access to the Internet, she does make occasional replies to the thousands of comments posted on pages showing videos about her.
A 47-year-old woman living in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, Susan is said to have taken care of her widowed “mum” until her death 2 years ago. But now, with her appearance on BGT, she will certainly get a recording contract, and we will be hearing much more from her. Good for her! She deserves it!
She has also pumped new life into the song, “I Dreamed a Dream”, written in 1980 by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by Alain Boubil, Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer. Still protected by International copyright, the purchased downloads of digital sheet music from online giant, Musicnotes.com, has surpassed downloads of “The Climb” from the recent Hannah Montana movie.
I must admit that when a friend asked me to help him find the lyrics and a soundtrack with which he could sing the song, I was swept up, myself. I had not seen the performance on TV, and had fallen asleep waiting for news video of it to come up on the news channel I was watching. But it didn’t take long to find it on http://www.youtube.com/SusanBoyle.
Recent interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqZmcg0xEUU.
After listening to the song in every online version I could find, and copying the lyrics, I realized that “I Dreamed a Dream” is too complex to learn properly–and remember it–by that method. So I sprang for $4.95USD at www.musicnotes.com and printed out 6 pages of sheet music.
I can’t sing like Susan Boyle. But in the privacy of my home, I can dream a dream, and feel the joy of singing a beautiful song.
Go get ‘em, Susan Boyle! I’m in your corner!