By Guest Blogger Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter
By now, if you've not seen the video...and read all the dissections and discussions...you've been in a cave somewhere. (If you've not seen it, go watch. Keep the tissues handy. I'll still be here.)
I just watched Ms. Boyle again - and got teary-eyed again. Here's why:
1. She surprised me! In a good way. She sang an emotionally charged song, and she did it perfectly and with heart. (Barbra Streisand has a gorgeous voice, but she's never made me cry, not even with The Way We Were. She's a perfectionist in full control of a marvelous istrument; I've never felt her emotion.)
The fact the voice of an angel was coming out of a dumpy middle-aged woman was simply the cherry on top - particularly since I am - ahem - a dumpy middle-aged woman. (Listen to the audio alone and it's still affecting.)
2. She shook up our smug, cynical, world-weary assumptions. Forget the song for a sec. I tear up watching Simon Cowell's face. For once, just for a nanosecond, he's simply wondering at the beauty. No sarcastic comments. No eyebrow waving. Nothing but marveling. He looks like a small boy on Christmas morning.
3. She makes up - just a little, for just a few minutes - for the bad news in the world. Which, in turn, helps us better cope. And, it reminds us that good things can and do happen all the time. In the most surprising places.
As long as there are seemingly non-descript women from small back-of-beyond villages willing to get up on a big stage and sing their hearts out to a cynical audience - there's hope for all of us.