Susan Boyle, I Dreamed a Dream: What a disappointment!

I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream

This week, I finally got around to listening to Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream CD.  In spite of all the hype, the CD was unbelievably disappointing.

Let’s face it:  we’ve all seen the Youtube video  and heard that incredible voice.  It is very apparent that Susan Boyle is a very powerful singer who can really belt out a tune.  Unfortunately, that Susan Boyle was utterly sabotaged by the producers and music arrangers on this album. Poor song choices, bad direction, tepid arrangements, and bad production techniques are just a few of the problems that really helped to ruin this recording.  Add to that the fact that Susan’s vocals were so undermixed on the CD, you had to actually strain to hear the lyrics.

Susan Boyle is a talented lady and deserved a recording that would give her a real chance at the success her voice and her talent deserves. It is just a shame that she didn’t get that.

Police shot and killed another dog…

There’s a really good reason I don’t watch the local news. Tonight, one of the Chicago TV news stations led off with a story  about an off-duty police officer shooting some one’s dog.   As a animal lover and pet owner, I find these stories absolutely terrifying.  As someone who lost a beloved dog over this last year to cancer, I find a story like this especially heartbreaking. It is hard enough to lose a pet, let alone lose one to this kind of  sudden violence.

Unfortunately, this is a story that I am hearing all too frequently.  To see  just how prevalent this, try looking on the Internet.  A search on Google for “police shooting dogs” yields approximately 517,000 results.   Many of these dogs are shot and killed right in front of their owners.  In fact, not too long ago, police officers shot an owners’ dog right in front of them  in the city where I live.  The police officer in that case was cleared, as is usually the case  in most of these dog shootings.   It seems that “preventing injury” and an officer feeling  “in danger” are the excuses for both killing the animals and ruling the shootings  “justifiable.” 

In tonight’s incident, the officer evidently claims that she had no choice as the dog attacked while she was walking her dog and she felt “in danger.”  Unbelievably, after killing the dog, the officer then ticketed the owner for not having a dog license! The Chicago Police are supposedly investigating, so it will be interesting to see the outcome.  Unfortunately, I can already guess what that outcome will be.

If this happened to your dog, how would you feel?