Blind Singers (Affirmative Action for the Blind)
Have you ever thought about how funny and illogical it is that people tend to give more credit to BLIND singers? Think about this for a moment with me. . . what does SINGING have anything to do with SEEING? “Wow… that’s amazing! He’s blind but he sings so well!” Singing and seeing are stand-alone abilities that don’t require the help of the other. Blind people should be given props for their resiliency in life and their overcoming the odds within the flow of society, but when it comes to singing? Please.
On the other hand, if a person is born with a hole in their throat and is able to somehow do a perfect rendition of “You Raise Me Up,” operatically– now, that’s impressive! That’s something we can marvel at and say, “Wow! Dude is missing part of his larynx but he’s still killin’ it!” Now that’s overcoming odds!
Now, there are GREAT singers who also happen to be blind like Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. However, it is pretty safe to say that even if they had the ability to see like everyone else, they would still be given the same amount of respect and notoriety because they are great singers. Plain and simple. You ever try to sing “Superstitious” or “Georgia” at the Karaoke bar? You sounded pretty ridiculous, right?
Show me a blind pilot or a blind doctor. I may not choose to give myself over to their care but I will surely give that person props. A blind singer? Their lack of sight has nothing to do with pitch, tone, or phrasing!
I was inspired to write about this because it’s something I have always wondered about– along with the questions of why there are braille dots at drive-up ATMs (scary… perhaps a future blog entry?), and why people park on driveways and drive on parkways (things that make you go “hmmm”)–but more recently, I was pretty bothered by the completely patronizing vote-in by the American public of Scott MacIntyre into the top 13 of American Idol. This is surely a case of what I’d like to call, Blind-Man Affirmative Action and it’s not fair to others who are more deserving of a spot. I know that Scott is only partially blind but I could name at least 10 guys from this season who were more deserving than Scott. Did you hear what the judges have been saying about him? Even Simon Cowell is in on the act and I know for a fact that had Scott MacIntyre had perfect vision, Simon would be ripping him– because honestly, Scott is not that good. He may be a champion in life and he is an inspiration in many ways, but in no way is he one of the 13 best singers in America!
Don’t get me wrong! Ultimately, I am happy for Scott and he is a feel-good story but consider my simple point and straight logic: singing has nothing to do with sight! Cheers.
Hear for yourself….