jagged little pill*

“19 years old–writing and recording “you learn” for jagged little pill. i would write a song each day of the week with glen ballard (kept all the first vocal takes and nearly 80 percent of the original demos wound up on the record). on the weekends i would rollerblade from santa monica to manhattan beach and back. philosophy + magical writing + sports + chopped salads + cultural adjustment to LA = 1994.” - Alanis Morissette


Alanis Morissette- Ironic

from Jagged Little Pill (1995)

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Mary Jane (Alanis Morissette cover)
Zack Paslay

I’ve covered this song before, but I decided to re-record it as a reflection on the Pulse tragedy that occurred one year ago today. This song is one of my favorites of all time. It’s all about taking a moment to step back, take a breath, and take the steps that are necessary to make sure that you are okay. I hope today that you all are able to reflect on the tragic occurrence at Pulse last year, but I hope you’re able to find a way to continue to spread love and hope. We will not be silenced by hate, but it’s also important for us to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure we, ourselves, are okay. ❤️💛💚💙💜

Not The Doctor
Alanis Morissette
Not The Doctor

I don’t want to be a bandage if the wound is not mine
Lend me some fresh air
I don’t want to be adored for what I merely represent to you
I don’t want to be your babysitter
You’re a very big boy now
I don’t want to be your mother
I didn’t carry you in my womb for nine months
Show me the back door

There are men in the narrative of “Jagged Little Pill,” but what’s thrilling about the album, especially today, is that Ms. Morissette seems so uninterested in bowing to their presence. To label “Pill” a breakup album is shortsighted, despite how it navigates the nuances of closure in a relationship. Ms. Morissette is, largely, not facing an ex, but facing away from him and looking to new endeavors, both romantic and mundane. “Pill” is not only an album of breaking, but also one of rebuilding, of finding a sliver of hope and stretching it beyond its limits. Every emotion is its own moving part that almost becomes a character: The sadness is a breathing, moving thing. The anger is a cloud that sits thick in the sky and then parts just in time for a little joy to leak through, and then the joy dances. It is an album of impeccable balance. I listen to the songs and realize that I have both felt this way and feared making anyone feel this way about me.

– Hanif Abdurraqib, “The Alanis Morissette Album From the ’90s America Needs Now