Thursday, January 26, 2012

the alanis experiment: vol 1. swallow it down

Yesterday, I was watching Criminal Minds insane 150th episode entitled Piano Man [Tangent: A serial rapist that provides his own soundtrack for the crimes he commits. He likes to cue up some Chicago or Chris Duburgh before he gets down to business. WHO THINKS OF THESE THINGS!??!]. Anyway, in the episode, my lust object Spencer Reid's goes on an Aspergian rant about how at the age of 14, people form their own distinctive musical taste. [Tangent: This topic is also broached here. Its the NY Times- which most would deem a more reliable source than a CBS crime drama. I beg to differ.] Fourteen is the age when you reach maturity and begin to make your own choices regarding what you want to listen to.  This dialogue hit my ears at exactly the right time because earlier this week I decided I wanted to use my blog as an excuse to undergo a little musical experiment. 

Last week, while writing my blog about 90's R&B and trying to recall which particular Boyz II Men songs featured sensitive voice overs, I tripped upon this post on the interweb
I loved the idea- take a much beloved cd from your youth and listen to it for a week straight...see how it affects/relates to your life today. Falling upon this article and seeing that episode proves two things. 1. I have really really lame past times. 2. I HAD to do this project.

Album choice was a no brainer. The first album that I was butt crazy in love with [Tangent: aside from Amy Grant's Heart in Motion or the New Kids on The Block]  was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. I was in 7th grade when it came out, and my older sister bought it for me for Christmas. [Tangent: A little background: At age 13, I was at the height of my awkward- terminal braces, huge glasses matte gold glasses, ungroomed eyebrows and a sports bra that seemed to always be showing, proving to the world my fate (which I have come to accept) that I'd forever have the body of 12 year old boy.] 

...oh yeah...I was a little pudgy...and the Disney hat isn't helping.
I wasn't alone; 'tis a safe bet that most girls in my age bracket had a definite Alanis phase. Although, at the time, I wasn't 100% on what "go down on you in a theater" referred to, and thus couldn't relate- the angst, I was definitely feeling. I would sit by my tiny boom box and listen to tracks 1-13 and then impatiently fast forward for 7 minutes to reach the secret a Capella song where she broke into her ex's home and put on his clothes. [Tangent: I remember my best friend's older brother took her to see Bush and Alanis in concert at the height of their popularity; I am certain I grilled her for all the details, because I was still years away from my first concert...a late bloomer in every aspect of the term.] Oh her glamorous Canadian life! I wanted to be her.

At the time my favorite songs were Ironic and Hand in my Pocket-  a classic 14 year old move to only truly care about the hit singles. I was wondering if I would still love these songs as much as I once did and how my perceptions/tastes have changed. What do they sound like to Kimmie 2012?  Would somehow her perma-angst rub off on me? Would I become more untrusting of men?

Hopefully all these questions will be answered in the next couple blogs. At this point, after roughly 25 listens, I am finding the jagged little pill hard to swallow.

to be continued...


  1. I'll admit it- still love the album. Not sure what that says about me......

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