Songs of My Life

Alanis Morissette has a new album out. She of the uniquely amazing voice is back after four years.

I can’t really say I like it yet – it doesn’t have oomph. I think it’s too much to ask for her to equal Jagged Little Pill which was so painfully catchy and original, and ranks as one of the greatest albums of ALL TIME.

I remember hearing this on the radio and thinking how nice to have songs that are so stream-of-consciousness and listen-able. When I finally bought the CD, turned out each and every song was like that. Incredible album.
What’s the matter, Mary Jane, you had a hard day, as you place the don’t disturb sign on the door…”

The Tracy Chapman debut was another CD I kept on repeat.

Don’t you know they’re talkin’ about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
And of course the reason I got the album was Fast Cars. Just listening to the guitar intro gets me inspired. 
I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And you arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

And then there’s Everything But the Girl. The amazing Tracy Thorn.
My three guardian angels say
Each time you smile that way
Danger lies their way
No one will believe me
For that sort of thing’s beneath me
But I keep repeating three words
It won’t last, it won’t last
I’ve been here before, it will pass
Don’t say I’m mercenary
That’s unnecessary
And that’s not the way love is
Love is here where I live
Love is here where I live

I ordered all these way back when from Columbia House catalog (remember those!) for $1 each and got them via regular mail in cardboard packaging a few days later. I recall wondering why these weren’t being pilfered by the postal service. Welcome to the developed world. 
Who would have thought it possible just a few years later that instead of whole albums people could end up buying individual songs and downloading them wirelessly to a mobile phone. Those were the days. Now where did I put my CD walkman?

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