[This is completely unrelated to birth.] I saw this video from “Britain’s Got Talent,” and just had to share it. It was amazing. Her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables actually moved me to tears. I can’t embed it, so just click on the link to go watch it.
If you don’t know the story of Les Mis, this song is sung by Fantine (pronounced “Fahnteen”) who was a beautiful young woman knocked up by a rich but worthless young man who deserted her after their summer together. Left with a child she couldn’t care for, she eventually became a prostitute to try to make ends meet, and finally left her child with an innkeeper and his wife, thinking they would take care of her. Instead, they made the child work like a slave, and sucked money from Fantine by continually telling her the child was at death’s doorstep and desperately needed money to pay the doctor to save her life. Fantine sold her locket, her hair, and herself, finally dying of pneumonia or tuberculosis, and thinking her little girl was also going to die. This song is what she sings when she surveys her broken and miserable life, so different from what she had imagined when she was being courted by the handsome young man. Ah, so sad.
I’ve not seen the musical production of Les Mis, but I did see the concert that they made of it some 10-12 years ago that aired on PBS and was made available on tape (the actors were in their costumes, with some of the backdrops, but they did not “act” per se, but rather just sang). This woman sang as well as the woman who played Fantine in the show. Incredible — even Simon Cowell enjoyed it!