She Couldn’t, and She Did

People May Say I Cant Sing

As Florence Foster Jenkins, Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep portrays a woman whose drive to support the musical arts kept her alive for decades longer than her diagnosis should have allowed. The program for Jenkins’ daring performance at Carnegie Hall — undoubtedly the worst vocal performance ever on that stage — is now the most requested program in the entire Carnegie Hall archives. Her vanity recordings on the Melotone label (be sure to listen!) were the label’s largest sellers. Free tickets to the Carnegie Hall concert went to 1,000 US military personnel in honor of their WWII service. And Mrs. Jenkins sang courageously, despite her utter incompetence.

“People may say I can’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing,” said Mrs. Jenkins.

Be sure to catch this uplifting film*, which opened this week. And then ask yourself: “What is it that ‘I can’t do’ and could do anyway?” Then: Do it!

*Potential filmgoers be aware: the PG-13 rated film represents elements of life that God considers sin, including a long-standing extramarital relationship.

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at, and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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