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Isn't it ironic..?

"Underneath" is the title of the latest from Alanis Morissette. Love her. And love her new song song! Can't wait for the new CD to be released. And love the theme of rejuvenating yourself, the Cocoon-like theme of the video is right up my alley. Gosh, sometimes I feel like I'm 98 years old. Other just like the kids in the pool. Welcome to my life.

In any case, then. It's funny (or depressing, it depends on how you look at it), how music could express so many things you can't (or won't) express. For many years now, Alanis has been writing and re-writing parts of my life with an uncanny accuracy that defies logic. Or maybe not. I guess I love her for the some reason that I like trolling the 'net for blogs of people who share my foes and my funny side, my lust and my being lost, my cravings and my crazy moments. But still, in the music world two people can totally speak for me: Shakira and Alanis. And very eloquently like Alanis does in 8 easy steps:

How to stay paralyzed by fear of abandonment
How to defer to men in solveable predicaments
How to control someone to be a carbon copy of you
How to have that not work and have them run away from you

How to keep people at arms length and never get too close
How to mistrust the ones who supposedly love the most
How to pretend you're fine and don't need help from anyone
How to feel worthless unless you're serving or helping someone

I'll teach you all this in 8 easy steps
A course of a lifetime you'll never forget
I'll show you how to in 8 easy steps
I'll show you how leaderships looks when tought by the best

How to hate women when you're supposed to be a feminist
How to play all pious when you're really a hypocrite
How to hate god when you're a player and a spiritualist
How to sabotage your fantasies by fears of success

I've been doing research for years
I've been practicing my ass off
I've been training my whole life for this moment I swear to you
Culminating just to be this well-versed leader before you

How to lie to yourself and thereby to everyone else
How to keep smiling when you're thinking of killing yourself
How to numb a la holic to avoid going within
How to stay stuck in blue by blaming them for everything

Painful, to read your life in a few lyrics. Illuminating, too. Because it allows you to bitch-slap yourself and drag yourself out of the pool of self-pity that usually paralyzes you and makes you miss your own life. Or at least that's how I see and feel it.
So then, who's your favorite? Come on, you know you have that one musician/singer/songwriter/group that TALKS to you...




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