"What a Feeling," from the movie Flashdance, is the movie theme song I love the most. I've sung along to this song countless of times and studied the lyrics to make sure I understood it properly. I think Flashdance is a wonderful movie, because it has such a positive message that's all about giving yourself over to what you love, and letting creativity, talent, and dreams merge to become one. The rest of the soundtrack also features wonderful songs like Lady, Lady, Lady, and Love's Theme. With more than 20 million albums sold, Flashdance is ne of the best selling soundtracks of all times.
The song begins by describing Alex's fear and sadness as her dream, a tiny seed trying to break through a world made of steel and stone, is trying to survive.
"First, when there's nothing, but a slow glowing dream. That your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind. All alone, I have cried, silent tears full of pride, in a world made of steel made of stone."
In the next stanza, a transformation occurs, an unexpected power is introduced that enwraps her, takes a hold of her heart, and changes everything. Her emotions are now so infused with hope that her feeling can only be described as 'what a feeling,' making us infer it is indescribable. This progression from tears to perfect joy, from fears to a full fledged hope for the future, is what this movie so neatly brings home to its completion.