Music that speaks to my soul

alanisOh, Alanis – my musical soulmate for, what, 15 years now? You and I always seem to be in the same place in life. Last year’s “Flavors of Entanglement” gave me just what I needed at the time. In fact, I can never, ever listen to “Not as We” without the tears flowing; every word describes exactly where I was post-divorce in NYC. I’m still amazed I survived those years.

And now this – which I’ve designated as my new theme song. I couldn’t relate more.

“Orchid”

Me, and my helmet such an unconventional kid
All intense and kinetic, at best tolerated from afar
Not yet arrested, and by that I mean betrothed
Though a start – I am newly courted
I’ve just not been trusted with alters

I’m a sweet piece of work, well intentioned yet disturbed
Wrongly labeled and underfed, treated like a rose as an orchid

My friends, as they weigh in, get understandably protective
They have a hard time being objective
So inside we cancel each other out

I’m a sweet piece of work, well intentioned and unloved
Unlabeled and misunderstood, treated like a rose as an orchid

You’ve brought water to me, making sure my bloom rebounds
You know best of what my special care allows

So I’ve lived in my blind spot
Thought myself usual when I’m not
And your garden is a nice spot
As long as it is brave and where you are

For this sweet piece of work, high maintenance and deserted
I’ve been different and deserving, treated like a rose as an orchid
Sweet piece of work, overwhelmed unobserved
I’ve been bowed down to, but so misread
Treated like a rose as an orchid

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