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music: How do I love thee, Alanis?

Alanis released an iTunes exclusive album yesterday (which I will be buying next payday), which contains four or five acoustic versions of her songs, with commentary before each one (which you can only get if you buy the whole album!).

I couldn't wait, and had to purchase the acoustic version of Ironic. I was listening to it on the way to internship and, when I got to my favorite lyric . . .

it's like meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful (pause) husband

This made my day

So, Stewart, what's the big deal?
This is the song lyric that started my fascination with Alanis. Before Ironic got radio play, and the world became thoroughly sick of it, this was MY SONG, and this lyric was the reason why. It was a perfect summation of my irritation with being attracted to straight men. To me, it is still the lousiest feeling in the world to be attracted to or in love with someone who will never love you back. Sigh.

To have this lyric take on a new wrinkle, one that makes it even more relevant to my life, tickles me.

I don't know when it happened, but Alanis has become one of THOSE artists in my life, a defining experience, part of my schematic world view. I needed to replace Madonna, now that she's gone weird, and Janet Jackson was getting kind of lonely (can't really think of anyone else who has achieved this level of significance (other than Sondheim, anyway)) all by herself.


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Jun. 16th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
"The Cure" are my babies. They're touring in August in Detroit!!!

I know what you mean about falling in love with straight men, honey...I have a thing for the gay / bi ones. Or at least they come out after we've dated. If I wasn't wildly in love with my current (and hopefully last) sweetie-pie, I'd suggest we go out "fox hunting" and once we find guys to dig, we'll swap, because we know the one you like will be straight, and the one i'll like will end up gay!
Jun. 16th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: indeed.
If only we'd known back in the day, tonight might have been date night for both of us!
Jun. 16th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Hi there. I came across your journal and thought you seemed pretty cool. Do you mind if I add you to my friends list?
Jun. 16th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
the more the merrier. Welcome to the fun!
Jun. 16th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
My Alanis admiration started with "Head Over Feet", since in high school I was the hopeless romantic:
"You treat me like I'm a princess. I'm not used to liking that..."
Jun. 16th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
Ironic started my fascination with Alanis as well. I heard it the first time while on a trip to Bermuda. Since then, I've attended 4 of her concerts. When she toured with Tori, I was in sheer heaven.

Enjoy the music!

Jun. 19th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
*high five for Alanis*

Have you checked out allofmp3.com yet? I downloaded her newer album there -- now I'll look for this iTunes release. *giggle*
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