Recovery in the Media: #69. Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle has a beautiful voice and spirit that is shown in her music.

69. Selected Susan Boyle songs

I still remember the first day that my mother showed my sisters and me the video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain’s Got Talent. Her stage presence, raw talent, and emotional connection with the song touched me and millions of others deeply. Since that moment, she has continued to prove to the world that judging someone based on appearance is wrong. Another remarkable story broke when she was diagnosed with Aspergers. My connection to her grew even stronger. Because of these facts as well as her uplifting themes in music, I decided to feature her for Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

    • “I Dreamed a Dream” from her I Dreamed a Dream album
    • “Both Sides, Now” from her Someone to Watcher Over Me album
    • “You Raise Me Up” from her Hope album
    • “This is the Moment” from her Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from Stage album
    • “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from her Hope album

Recovery Pluses: First of all, you need to start with the song that made Susan Boyle famous: “I Dreamed a Dream.” Taken from the beautiful musical Les Miserables, this tells the story of hope that was lost in the struggles of life. However, a glimmer of light remains despite the near despair of the singer. Although many of us have not been in the same type of situation as Fantine from the musical or even Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent, we all struggle at times with lack of hope and feeling like our dreams are crushed. Listening to this reminds me to never let anyone pull me so low that I cannot rise up again and believe in a better future.

Life has happy moments as well as troubling ones. “Both Sides, Now” shows both of those elements. It speaks to the wonderful times of love, light, and joy. However, it does not shy away from the darkness, loneliness, and lack of hope that can come. Although the singer ends confused, a hopeful feeling can still be taken away by the listeners. The other side will appear sometime, and the sun will return.

One of my favorite song, “You Raise Me Up” tells the listener (debatedly God, a love, or a good friend) of the wonderful support that he or she gives. Darkness may come, but the singer is continually raised up by this person or being who is strong, loving, and loyal. Although not specifically religious, the words of this song fill me spiritually more than many hymns do.

What could be better than Susan Boyle singing an passionate, yearning song from the musical Jekyll and Hyde? How about adding Donny Osmond in? This duet is powerful, inspiring, and beautiful. The deep longing in these lyrics speaks to the desire we all have to be something bigger than ourselves, to make an impact on the world. Our legacy can be one that harms others or it can bless others. However, that yearning is important to remember and keep alive so that we can make progress.

Finally, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a beautiful song that shows the strength of unity and support of others. When people are suffering, we can stand by them and help them through difficult times. This song is a powerful reminder of that.

Cautions: All of Susan Boyle’s songs are uplifting and full of inspiration. There is nothing objectionable in them. Thus, any audience and age can enjoy her music.

The more that I learn about Susan Boyle, the more this courageous woman’s life inspires me. She fought her insecurities to appear before millions after losing her mother. Plus, she struggles from Aspergers but continues to perform. This is a strong woman and a great role model. Her music is beautiful and shows the great beauty that all of us can bring to the world.

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2 thoughts on “Recovery in the Media: #69. Susan Boyle

  1. She is one of my favorites. Good choice.

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