I often find myself perusing the random posts and videos of the internet, usually in the hopes of finding some unknown or previously unseen (at least to me) bit of internet magic. This weekend I came across a bulletin posted on MySpace that really hit me. It was a video of a man named Paul Potts, the title of the bulletin was something along the lines of 'Don't judge a book by it's cover.' Mr. Potts was on the show Britain's Got Talent (the aptly named English version of America's Got Talent), and it was the video of his first performance.
From looking at the man and hearing him talk, you really wouldn't give him a second thought normally. Don't get me wrong, he seems like a very nice guy, just an ordinary man though.
But his talent. Wow. Well, take a look for yourself here.
It sent chills up my spine. I love music of most all kinds, but I'd never really gotten into opera. Mainly, I suppose, because I'd never really heard opera. But he's got me seriously thinking about learning a little about it. If they can sing like that, I'm game to listen.
What hit me most though was the fact that this ordinary man, with an ordinary job, living his ordinary life, has an amazing talent, and really didn't understand just how amazing he was.
I think I listened to him sing four or five times yesterday. Just awesome.
As an aside, if you're interested, there was also a little 6 year old in the competition singing as well. And she was fantastic too. Listen/watch here.
I don't usually watch these kinds of shows. I loathe American Idol in fact. But I watched a few episodes of America's Got Talent the first season, and after seeing this, I think I'll probably tune in to see it if it comes on again :-)