Well, since Susan Boyle came onto my radar screen earlier today, I've watched this YouTube video at least a half-dozen times (not to mention her other performance, "Cry Me a River.") And I have to say, it makes me wonder how much personal style matters. On the one hand, if she had an ounce of style, she might have been able to realize her dream long before now. On the other hand, who cares when she has pipes like that? We're a superficial culture, and we damn her before we even hear her. But yes, it's important and necessary (I guess) to measure up in the way we assess others' images — so that our innate talents can be seen and heard.
All of which is to say that she's made my head spin — and I can't wait to buy her first CD.