I will always remember the first time that I heard Susan Boyle sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the Broadway play of Les Miserables. I didn’t know that she was participating in Britain’s Got Talent because I had missed CNN’s introduction, but my heart soared right along with her angelic voice, pulling me to my feet.
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is one of my favorite books. I liked it so much that I bought the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre audio dramatization of Les Miserables for Hannah. What good memories we have of listening to this engaging dramatization on the way to the Grand Canyon, and again on the return trip. The cast includes Brian Blessed, one of Britain’s finest actors, as ex-convict, Jean Valjean, and Gina Beck, and Valjean’s beloved, adopted daughter, Cossette.
In the Broadway play, “I Dreamed a Dream” is sung by the mother of Cossette, in response to being left alone, impoverished, and unemployed. What an appropriate song choice for the 47-year-old, unemployed, single, Susan Boyle to sing to the world! One-hundred million people have tuned in to YouTube to hear her sing, making it the most successful YouTube in history.
Here’s a Scottish interview where she talks about taking “baby steps” in her new life. May the Lord bless and protect her as she walks a new path.
I do love those Scottish accents. 🙂