ALANIS TAUGHT ME

A collection of thoughts that go through my head because Alanis Morissette put them there.

If I don’t write things down, I will die. I don’t know how this is possible, but I have always believed it. One day, I actually heard Alanis mention this in an interview. She used better words. The feeling was mutual, though. Always. This blog used to be called “quietude ideal”, so you’ll see that watermark around… but, at some point, it felt right to give Alanis credit for guiding me through, well, everything. This is not exactly a fan site, although I am a fan. This is just me, getting things out of my system. Like Alanis taught me to do.

In case she ever stops by, I’ll leave a note: Thank you for always being one step ahead of my on everything. You made me feel like I could do this and survive.

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Home

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Smells like childhood

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Audiobook: Words+Music by Alanis Morissette

I am listening to Alanis’ Words+Music. It is perfect. I feel emotional, happy, sad and mostly not alone. I’m thinking about how long it’s been since the day I locked myself in my room next to my CD player and determined I would memorize all the songs in her MTV acoustic special CD. It’s been …

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