Monday, December 13, 2010

Bret Easton Ellis: Does Susan Boyle get Perfect Day?

Bret Easton Ellis writes on Twitter: 'Does Susan Boyle really understand her version of Perfect Day? I guess it doesn't matter. It's the best cover of the song I've ever heard.'

I suppose he means, does she understand Lou Reed's version of his song. 'You made me forget myself, I thought I was someone else, someone good,' she sings, as the camera journeys over Loch Lomond, fog-shrouded in one scene, clear in another. It's hard to imagine how the transformative power of love (or heroin) could apply to one so clearly good, in the untouched sense, as Susan Boyle; whereas, with Lou Reed and all his advertised demons....

Intentionally or not she has converted the nostalgie de la boue of Perfect Day into romantic timeless joy, grafting it onto a memoir unrooted in experience: a dream of a recalled moment of love (but not heroin) in a landscape familiar to connoisseurs of whisky labels. As a result, I do not feel I want to kill myself after listening to Perfect Day. I share her fantasy unrooted in experience, though the sea (the sea) would be my preferred backdrop. Yes, her cover is the best. [Click here to listen]

I don't think that answers it, Bret.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. Susan takes the song and makes it her own. Whatever Lou Reed had in mind when he wrote it becomes irrelevant - in Susan's hands, it is a thing of beauty.

Anonymous said...

Is it about heroin? Gosh I had no idea. Really I thought it was like, about a day out at the zoo or something. Oh well, there is something about Lou Reed that makes me feel really glad to be alive, and I know she has a good voice but I sort of feel sorry for her and depressed. Stupid I know...

Anonymous said...

It may surprise some, but Susan Boyle has known love. She's singing about the transformative power of love. Her parents stopped it, but she still remembers those perfect days when she and the world were young. Sorry to be sentimental, but that's how she makes me feel.

Anonymous said...

While I like Susan and love the success story I find absolutely zilch soul in her almost perfect singing.

Susan said...

Has Madame never loved? How sad. This explains everything.

Anonymous said...

As a Susan Boyle fan I agree her version is the best ever. But her 'dream' of love is as powerful as any love affair. Love's transformative power fills her with a joy which is evident in the video, I don't think she's an actress. She is filled with its power and it takes her to a place which is powerful and fulfilling.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I'm sure Susan had no idea but I have to admit I like her version. Hope you're well MA xx

Madame Arcati said...

I am well thanks and I hope things are swimming for you.

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

Hi V~
I think we depreciate Susan; I believe that she has more knowledge and talent that people give her credit...
s~

Madame Arcati said...

I agree. After all she has to live the song to sing it.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have my own theories about all this, but...Do you think that all the people singing in those glorious Christian choirs are serious about God consciousness? I'm not certain they all live it.

Merry Christmas, by the way. xx.

Madame Arcati said...

We'd have to get them to fill in a divine questionnaire.

Merry Xmas dearie. x