The Prime Of Miss Susan Boyle

A reader writes:

After the singing, and the audience reaction, the most satisfying thing about that was seeing Simon Cowell taken down a peg.  I hope his world view is sincerely rocked for the better.

He's never sung in a church or temple choir, I don't think...Susan Boyle looks like a lot of the women with whom I've sung over the years, and has the spunk that they have, too.  Her chat before and after indicated a bright spirit, I know the type and have sung with these women, and girls, many times.

Also, women's voices don't really reach full maturity until early to mid-40's.  I've gone from a soprano to a high mezzo and my voice is completely different than it was 5 years ago (I'm 39.).  I suspect she is reaching her voice's best range at her age.

Creative spaces are to be found in the unseen and unexpected.  They should have some church choirs on American/British Idol, both countries have very strong traditions of group singing and as a result individual singing.  There are more good singers around here than you can shake a stick at.  I bet she sings in her church choir in her 'villages.'

Just because people don't look like, oh, I dunno, Britney Spears at first glance doesn't mean they can't rock the house.  I hope Miss Boyle keeps her wits about her if she goes through the star factory.

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