So here is my weekly blog... “Bo-log” if you will about The Voice...
All of the judge’s “final five” have now performed and I read yesterday that Ruth Brown (whose superb performance I mentioned last week...‘cos I know what I’m talking about!!!) is the early favourite. Maybe that will change after last night; I thought David Julien was very good indeed... He is the chap who quit his job to pursue his dream... I once quit a job to queue for a ticket to see York City’s fifth round FA Cup clash against Liverpool in 1985... pretty sure I did some singing of my own on the terraces too...
But of course, it’s no secret that my weekly vote will be cast in favour of Bo Bruce, whose voice has (for me) an intangible emotive quality that sets her apart from the rest of the undoubtedly gifted singers in the competition.
Whilst I don’t buy newspapers all that often, I did yesterday... and read that Bo’s mother Rosamund is currently very poorly... It doesn’t need a newspaper reporter to tell me how difficult a time this must be for all concerned, but for Bo to be able to channel her emotions into a live performance (of the Kate Bush song Running Up That Hill) to a studio audience and millions watching at home must have been incredibly difficult.
But she was brilliant... even though the effects of the week were etched on her face.
Bo’s “past” has been well-documented, but through her singing (and writing), those gifts with which she has been blessed can be used as vehicles to help her deal with life’s journey (and I apologise for using that word...) thus far. For my part, through my blog, I have tried to articulate the effects of the depression from which (to a greater or lesser degree) I have suffered at various points in my own life. I wouldn’t wish for one second to compare my circumstances or abilities to Bo Bruce, but I think... well I hope that whilst the nature of release is different, the effects are ultimately positive.
It can be no coincidence that Bo (like Ruth Brown last week) was the show’s final performer; the inference is that she is strongly favoured to do well in the competition. There is no doubt that Bo is talented enough to win The Voice, but
whether or not she does is, for me at least, largely irrelevant. From a commercial viewpoint, I would (actually already have) buy her records... but (and it’s a big BUT), Bo Bruce possesses that rare gift of being able to use her talent to move people... and to “make a difference”...
If you can do that, then you are very special indeed...
Sending Bo... and her mother Rosamund my very best wishes x
All my own work... almost.