Even better than discovering a never-before-heard song . . . rediscovering it, with ears wide open, and receiving the song in a new way. Benefit of paying attention, yes (are you paying attention)?

The song in question is by KT Tunstall — Suddenly I See. The first time I heard of the song, she was a new artist performing on the Ellen show and also performed “Big Black Horse”, a song whose rhythms particularly grabbed my attention at the time. I remember being amazed that she could dub and layer her voice and the different tiers of the accompaniment using a foot-operated device, so she could craft these complex song performances while standing solo, on the fly.

The lyrics were not, in any case, what I paid attention to (aside from wondering who “she” is).

Now it means so much to me, having paid attention to the words. I’ve started to listen to, and get, my own “she” — what/who I want to be.

And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm

If nothing else, I have a visual (with soundtrack) of the kind of positive energy/power which I aspire to project along the way. I read (bearing in mind that not everything on line is true) . . . that part of the actual inspiration involved Patti Smith (definitely a powerhouse, and a favourite artist/voice for me), and it makes further sense to me (I have visuals of other strong women with aspects I would like to channel a little more).

When the song spins on my iPod lately, I also think of the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada — young woman walking downtown, on route to apply for a job, and in self-directed possession of herself and her own possibilities along the way (whatever might lie in that way). The visual is working for me, when I’m not feeling so powerful upon waking!