Thinking Out Loud

April 18, 2009

The Susan Boyle Phenomenon

Filed under: Christianity, Faith — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:43 pm

It’s 10:40 PM, Eastern Daylight Time.    Adding up ONLY the clips that appear on the FIRST YouTube “Most Viewed” page, and NOT COUNTING the ones that are subsequent interview clips or background reports, we’re currently looking at 63.7 MILLION hits.   And this doesn’t include clips on Vimeo and other video upload sites.


Obviously, there is more at work here than simply want to see Simon Cowell at a loss for words.    And it’s more than just the Andy Warholl sentiment that “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, or 63.7 million YouTube hits, whichever is larger.”   Well, maybe not the second part.

It’s our desire to hear a good news story.   It’s our desire for calm; for tranquility.   It’s a dash of peace in a world of war, economic collapse and personal heartbreaks.    Like the old Anne Murray song says, “We sure could use a little good news today.”

It’s a story only rivaled this week by the President of the United States’ new dog.   These two stories are the escape people are looking for.    But Susan’s story also brings hope to all kinds of talented people who are searching for their own personal big break; people who have dreams…

It IS a story that makes you smile.

If a tag brought you here, this is a blog about another kind of hope, brought to the world 2,000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ, in the story that we celebrated last week at Easter.    The need for a hope and a future is something basic to everyone.   Even more years ago, someone wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

It’s true today.   Some trust in technology, some trust in science, some trust in the resilience of the human spirit; but ultimately, God is the only one we can fully trust.


  1. Wow, thanks for that post (especially for that screenshot of the most viewed videos). I saw a video of her the other day and was tremendously impacted. Oh, and I like your phrase “another kind of hope” a lot in relation to this story.

    Comment by Steven Rossi — April 18, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

  2. As I recall, J.R.R. Tolkien featured half-sized Hobbits in his epic Lord of the Rings because he wanted to encourage the reader to believe that commoners, ordinary folk, and little people could become heroes.

    Such seems to be the case with Susan Boyle.

    Comment by Peter — April 18, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  3. This was brilliant! The singing is not the story. It is the surprise that is the story! There are many people who can sing like Susan. And there are other women who are nearly 50 and never been kissed. But the deliciousness of the whole thing, the beauty that poured from an unlikely source…that is the story, not only of Susan, but of all who find themselves treasured and used by God!

    Comment by Cynthia — April 18, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

  4. she has the abilty to change the thoughts and views of the masses who have a media driven image of beauty – incredible!!!

    Comment by Mark R — April 19, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

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