January 25th, 2016

You will not regret watching this

…An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress…

O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

Janey Cutler died two years later at 82:

Her son Drew, 43, of Newarthill, Lanarkshire said: “Mum was the light of our lives.

“She was a brilliant mum, granny and great-granny who lived for her family, friends and her dog Tara, who was with her when she died.

“We were all devastated because we weren’t expecting it. She was always very happy and healthy and very rarely got ill.”…

Drew said: “She didn’t get into singing till later in life but she loved it. She could light up a room and bring tears to eyes.

“She didn’t want to be famous, she just wanted to sing.

“She loved life and just like she used to sing – she had no regrets.”

Cutler died in her sleep.

And in case you’re wondering about the origins of the song, it’s this:

18 Responses to “You will not regret watching this”

  1. K-E Says:

    Loved it! What a wonderful woman. I hope when I am 80 I have the courage to do something this insane. 😀

  2. vanderleun Says:

    She’s great but the song does lose in translation. Still., great.

  3. parker Says:

    Thank Janey, and thank you neo for bringing Janey to all of us.

  4. expat Says:

    She is the Britain I still love.

  5. Cornhead Says:

    1. Amazing. Thank you neo.

    2. How is it that people with thick speaking accents lose their accents when singing?

    3. British through and through. Why have the Brits diluted and destroyed their culture? Why has Europe? Why have we? For cheap fast food?

  6. J.J. Says:

    No regrets about watching this.

    Janey, you are the epitome of the spirit that made the British Empire and the Anglosphere what it was. May we all be as brave, resonant, and full of life until the end. God luv you and keep you. RIP, Janey.

  7. Irene Says:

    Thanks, Janey. Thanks, Neo. What a way to touch the heart.

  8. Richard Aubrey Says:

    Piaf’s rendition is supposedly the unofficial anthem of the French Foreign Legion. Great song, if it weren’t for Piaf’s voice.
    This gal nails it.

  9. PatD Says:

    Thanks. Being old doesn’t mean done.

  10. Barry Meislin Says:

    Fabulous post.


  11. Cousin Betty Says:

    sitting here in a puddle of tears

  12. CV Says:

    I love it! Mostly because of the comments of her family members.

    It must have been a thrill to sing on BGT and receive that recognition, but her legacy is her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who clearly loved her very much.

    No regrets indeed! A life well-lived.

  13. ArtfldgrsGhost Says:

    Being talented and part of things like lincoln center, carnegie hall, and all that… i learned somethign others dont usually know..

    it only allows you to sit in a smaller waiting room as your life dribbles away and there is no place to go. so you just wait to die in a room of other talented people.. watching very untalented sales people win the game.

    even less if your not protected class and on one is interested in anything you do… “no matter how hard you work, what you do, or achieve, you will never get a raise or promotion for the rest of your life” – and thats just employment..

    even worse if you dont know how to sell yourself and are not very social.

    waiting to die while not living is the end result..

    and she is news cause she is so old…
    if she was 20, no one would care..

    dont matter
    no one gets out alive anyway

  14. AesopFan Says:

    Cornhead Says:
    January 25th, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    1. Amazing. Thank you neo.

    2. How is it that people with thick speaking accents lose their accents when singing?
    * * *
    I hear what you’re saying.

    Accents are distinguished not just by the sound of vowels and pronunciation of consonants, but by rhythm, intonation, stress, etc. — all of which can get displaced by music.

    There are several articles on the web but this is the fullest explanation I found in a quick search.

    This one has vocal examples.

    The greatest American example of “losing the accent” is the singing Jim Nabors v. his Gomer Pyle persona.

  15. Ymarsakar Says:

    2. How is it that people with thick speaking accents lose their accents when singing?

    Because they aren’t using their language cores, they’re thinking in the musical cores.

  16. geokstr Says:


    I had occasion to watch a slew of these talent show YouTube compilations recently, and came away with much the same feeling as ArtfldgrsGhost – if you don’t have an obsessively self promoting personality, you can have all the brains and talent, but no one will ever notice unless you have a pedigree or you’re insanely lucky. Like Artfl, I nave some personal experience with that, not from the performing arts but as a freakin’ corporate CPA.

    For every person who makes it big in entertainment or business, there are ten thousand just as talented who watch from the outside.

    Well, good on her for making it big from nowhere, at least once in her life.

  17. Grace Clark Says:

    Thanks neo…wonderful!!

  18. Maggie's Farm Says:

    Saturday Verse: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

    Sailing to Byzantium (1933) IThat is no country for old men. The youngIn one another’s arms, birds in the trees,—Those dying generations—at their song,The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer longWhatever

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