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The Good,The Bad, & The Remarkable

 The current exposure of "Britain's Got Talent" Susan Boyle, as Amanda Holden stated on the episode, is a serious "Wake Up Call". How many other exceptionally talented performers are out there waiting for the chance that will never come, because their appearance is below the current Madison Avenue standards. We have been trying to think of some "A" list actors, singers, etc... who's appearance falls below the societal mandate for inclusion on list of "The Beautiful People" and we haven't been able to come up with anyone who stands out, with the exception of course of those actors who serve as comic relief, or to make the "star" look better. The Zombie Jamboree (elsewhere on this site) is more of a 'tongue in cheek' article, as most of these performers use makeup to attain their stage persona, or have been around so long, that they are merely showing their age, and the wear and tear of the lifestyle.

 The fashion industry does a remarkable job convincing us that our appearance is less than expectable by today's standards, standards by the way that are driven by their desire for profit, or as I like to call it 'the need for greed'. Billions upon billions of dollars are spent every year on dietary aids, cosmetics, gym memberships, and the burgeoning plastic surgery industry. All in the attempt to achieve the Madison Avenue version of beauty, the buns/abs of steel, the unblemished/properly tanned skin tone, the Hugh Hefner hourglass figure, and of course the proper blend of designer attire and tech gadgetry. Even the pre-teens know they won't "get any" if they don't look just right, they're not quite sure what they won't get, but they know they won't get it without the proper attire, and of course the proper accessories.

 This 'wake up call' should serve to enlighten us to the fact that the old adage, about a book and it's cover, is as true as it ever was, and hopefully the comments posted by viewers of Susan Boyle's performance, those proffering their disdain over the shallowness of society, will serve to usher us into a more open, less judgmental future. Unfortunately, this probably won't be the outcome, as much of the world's attention is centered around the current sound bite/youtube video/fad. The reaction to Miss Boyle's performance was surely to some extent a product of shocked surprise, no one expected such a remarkable voice from this Plain Jane. The power of Mad Ave will soon overcome this wake up call, soon we will again be chasing the ever elusive, ever changing standards of beauty, and re-applying our pre-conceived notions to appearance vs. talent.

 I personally will admit that when a friend sent me the video, and I saw Susan walk onto the stage, my first reaction was "Oh Here Comes a Monty Python Skit", but when she sang it really did send shivers down my spine. A truly remarkable performance from a truly beautiful spirit, and a timely wake up call to all of us. Good Luck Susan, and congratulations, and a big thanks for putting us all in our places, and forcing us to face the reality of our own prejudices.

HDBluse

As of this writing the Susan Boyle youtube video has received over 15.6 million views and it continues to climb steadily..

Origin Of Music | Psychology and Music | Pianos - Acoustic vs. Digital | To Compose Music , First Learn to Improvise | Guitar Buying Tips
Protecting Your Acoustic Guitar | To Tab or Not To Tab | Copyright Info | When The Music Dies | Good,Bad,Remarkable | Music Promotion
Requiem For The Songs

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