Alanis Morissette’s emotion-fueled music has impacted many throughout the years and it’s all thanks to her desire to “just be human.” Never one to shy away from what she’s feeling, Morissette is passionate about finding the beauty in every emotion, even the dark ones.
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“Whenever I write songs, it’s an invitation to just be human,” she shared with Audacy’s Gary Bryan Morning Show. “That can be [a] broken-hearted human that could be [a] raging human, that could be [a] bored human, that could be [a] pissed-off-can’t-take-it-anymore human that can be any part that happens to come out during the writing process.”
She continued, “A lot of times acting out, destructive anger gets all the bad rap on behalf of anger, but anger itself is a gorgeous and beautiful sensation in the body and it can move worlds.”
Morissette is famous for capturing that anger-infused beauty in her edgy album from 1995, Jagged Little Pill, which changed the music world forever with it’s honesty, rage, and unapologetic confessions.
“I remember having played, I think Dragonfly at Luna Park, and the song was on the radio during the day, and then that evening I remember everyone in the audience singing every single line louder than I could,” she reminisced.
“I just knew something was happening and I was excited. I was excited for me, but I was also excited for the giddiness that was all around me because in a big way, the essence of what I’m doing this for, and continue to do it for is to just give permission to feel and be a human being.”
While the album took her career to new levels, Morissette details it all stemmed from a very personal place, writing what she needed to process through a tough time in her life.
“My expectations for myself, personally, [with Jagged Little Pill] was that I needed to write a record — or, wouldn’t stop until I wrote a record — that felt accurate to what was going on,” she said. “Not precious in any sense, but just really nailed what was going on for me.“
She continued, “I write it for me at first and eventually, I write it for everyone else and they can interpret it however they want to."
Alanis plans to extend that invitation to thousands of fans this weekend as she headlines Audacy’s We Can Survive show at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 22 in support of our I’m Listening initiative and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988.