Dreamers in the RA community have suffered a hard blow this week.
That’s why I though a post on my favorite dreamer would lift our spirits.
Florence Foster Jenkins was an American amateur operatic soprano.
She was ridiculed for her lack of rhythm, pitch, tone, and overall singing ability.
Her desire to study opera was rejected by her wealthy father, but when he died, Florence inherited sufficient funds to start her singing career.
The only problem was, despite what she believed about herself, she could hardly be regarded as a talented singer.
Her operatic repertoire was well beyond her technical ability.
Jenkins apparently was convinced of her greatness, and often compared herself to other great opera divas of that time.
After a taxicab crash in 1943 she discovered that she could sing “a higher F than ever before”, and sent the cab driver a box of expensive cigars.
She believed in herself…