Monday, March 10, 2008

So pure, such an expression...

Photo: alanis-morissette.com

Rocking a tight pair of leather pants and a sparkly black top while spinning and jumping around on stage, Alanis Morissette was confident and unapologetic during her performance last night at GM Place. (By the way, her hair has never looked better!) My dad and I had fantastic seats for the show. The last time that we saw Alanis live she did a solo acoustic performance at The Orpheum, so to see her fronting a tight band in an arena once again was awesome! She seemed happy and it was clear that the band was having a blast together. In fact, I actually found myself getting quite emotional at certain points of the show.
There are a handful of artists whose work I have connected very deeply with over the years and Alanis is most definitely among them. The impact that her music had on me at a very vulnerable and impressionable age was huge. Alanis was one of my first real creative influences- I looked up to her ability to express herself in words and through music. She is an absolutely brilliant writer and creative force. Jagged Little Pill has spun in my stereo millions of times over the years. I look at the CD now; the case is scratched, the inside booklet tattered, it's obvious that it has been well played. Still, she's played regularly on my ipod, as I often belt her songs out in my car while I'm driving. As I watched her perform so many of the songs from that record that was such a soundtrack to my teen years, I couldn't help but be flooded with all the memories of those times. I connected to those songs in a very real way, at a time in my life when I was feeling really confused and questioning a lot of things.
Last night, her voice was as strong and powerful, as ever. She peppered new songs from her upcoming album with older ones, playing a phenomenal set of up and coming hits mixed with nostalgia. She also did My Humps, Alanis’ deconstructed version of the Black Eyed Peas’ hit. Morissette donned a pink feather boa and directed “a little lovin’ to Fergie” by way of introducing the song she made into a YouTube hit last year. To me, Alanis personifes strong, talented and articulate.
Miss Morissette shared the bill with Matchbox Twenty (plus opening band MuteMath, who were super fun). I must say, I have never been a huge fan of Matchbox Twenty, but they were high energy and came out with an absolutely stellar performance. I might even be crushing on front man Rob Thomas a little, but don't tell anyone.

4 comments:

Danny said...

it sounds like more people went to see alanis than m20! glad you had fun!

J said...

I would love to see Alanis but I love M20 as well!

- J @ Hollow-Star.net

Phaedra said...

Jagged Little Pill was my saviour during the summer of '96. It is sooooo good to see her still rockin' it out 10 years later. Sounds like it was a good show. Oh, and I've had a little thing for Rob Thomas for years now...so I can relate ;)

Raul said...

Glad you enjoyed the show. Love Alanis, and love MB20 but the only thing is that while I love her lyrics, I hate MB20's -- I mean, "I'll be your downfall" - WTMF? I am sorry, I am not one for co-dependency :)

And even though Alanis is no longer with Ryan Reynolds, I think she taught him a big lesson on how to be. Period.