Through the wonders of the interconnected web I stumbled upon a musical treat today. Ted Williams is the latest internet sensation, a homeless former radio announcer whose amazing voice has landed him commercial work after years of drug abuse and crime.
We all hope he gets the mental health counseling and support he will need for a successful recovery. The shock of hearing a homeless man by the highway talking like he did reminded me of similar past surprises from Britain’s Got Talent. First there was Paul Potts, the cell phone salesman, who sang opera so beautifully in 2007.
Then there was Susan Boyle, who stunned everyone with her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables in 2009.
A New Treat for Me
In her initial appearance Susan famously said she hoped to be as successful as Elaine Paige. Elaine is known for her starring roles in the musicals Evita, Cats, and one of my favorites, Chess. The music of Chess is by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and one of its best songs is I Know Him So Well.
During a radio appearance, Elaine responded well to the news of Susan’s performance, even mentioning they might sing a duet.
And sure enough, they did! I was particularly delighted to see a link for a duet of I Know Him So Well by Elaine Paige and Susan Boyle.
I don’t watch American Idol and similar talent shows, as there is too much dross to sift through for a few bits of gold. But I am truly glad that YouTube has brought these Golden Voices to my ears, each a modern parable about judging by appearances.