Leslie Adler: Seven-million plus viewers and I have viewed the YouTube video of Susan Boyle, a church volunteer from West Lothian, Scotland, singing "I Dreamed A Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent" and most of us have reported that it either gave us chills, made us cry or both.
She's 47, claims to have never been kissed and says she has never left the region in which she was born, and out of her mouth comes a treat, a stunning voice that in one second, one verse, erases all thoughts about what Susan Boyle looks like and makes you wonder who she really is.
What is in the soul of a woman whose voice can silence an audience of thousand with three bars? What is in the heart and mind of a woman that never pursued an avenue in which to share this talent? Don't ya wanna know?
What other unbelievable gifts are hidden behind less than beautiful exteriors, beneath unkempt hair, under "proverbial rocks?"
And why? Why did the audience automatically boo and sneer at Susan Boyle when she walked out on that stage just because of the way she looked?
"Britain's Got Talent" is the name of the show, right? Not Britain's Got Beauty ...
The judges themselves have admitted to feelings of guilt for judging this book by it's cover.
And I will tell you what else I want to know ...
In 47 years were there no "cheerleaders" in Susan Boyle's life? Did she not have a mother, sister or friend who ever heard her hum or sing in the shower or at church ... or strangers even, who heard her recording of "Cry Me A River" made ten years ago and now on YouTube as well...wasn't there anyone who said, "Susan, you have an unbelievably amazing voice ... you need to share this talent anywhere, anyway you can?!"
Besides yearning to hear her again and besides the anticipation I feel for her next May appearance in front of Simon Cowell and the others I feel a desire to look at myself and the people in my life and say, "Whaddya Got?"
'Cause it's obviously never too late to let the world know "You've Dreamed A Dream."
|Leslie Adler mother, lawyer and creator of the Vuv Club shares her witty thoughts on the many roles women play in their everyday lives. Leslie also combines her legal skills and friendship experience as presiding judge of Momlogic's "The Friendship Court."|