Alanis Morissette believes music serves as a ‘lifeblood’ force for human beings.
The Canadian singer made history with the release of her legendary album Jagged Little Pill in 1995.
And she is forever grateful for the personal fulfillment and purpose music has provided her.
‘my calling. lifeblood. prayer. anchor. life-saver. clarion caller. movement. comfort. light. my best friend: music. #worldmusicday (sic),’ she wrote on Twitter Thursday 1 October (15) in honour of International Music Day.
Alanis’ LP Jagged Little Pill sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is considered by many to have encapsulated the angst of the majority of young people growing up in the ’90s.
The album is scheduled for a re-release at the end of October (15) to mark its 20th anniversary.
And Alanis has recently spoken about the frame of mind she was in while writing classic tunes like You Oughta Know, Ironic and All I Really Want.
“There was no corrective, interactive experience, so there was no healing in it,” she explained of the Jagged Little Pill songwriting process during an appearance on In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod. “So it would make sense that an audience member listening to the song – certainly it’s intimate if they feel like I’m speaking to something that’s going on in their lives. But for me, alone in a room singing the song, it’s still just me.”
But over the years Alanis has learned how to better manage feelings of angst or upset.
The 41-year-old musician spends time in her meditation room everyday to reconnect with a higher power.
She finds the act of meditating daily very useful in keeping her head and emotions straight.
‘It’s kind of where I go to tune into emotions, get divine messages through prayer. I do my gratitude lists in there,’ Alanis explained to Women’s Health magazine of what she uses her spiritual room for. ‘I carve out different goals, I journal, I read, I listen to meditation – I do all my practices in there.’
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