Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Thought for a Bad Day

On days where things don't just work out right, I try to remind myself of this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Life really does have a funny way of sneaking up on you.

I was reminded of the genius of Alanis Morrissette this afternoon as I was in Kroger getting a few food supplies for dinner. Ironic was playing overhead and I caught myself singing it aloud...pretty loud. To those that heard me, sorry not sorry. And hearing the song reminded me that I love Alanis's music.

Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, is a masterpiece. Standouts on the album included All I Really Want, You Oughta Know, Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, Head Over Feet, and of course, the aforementioned, Ironic.

Album cover of Jagged Little Pill (1995)

You Learn is probably my favorite song from the album. Lyrically, it's pretty simple, but it is a good reminder that experience is how we live. We become stronger; we become wiser. With experience, we learn. We may cry, we may laugh, and we may even bleed. We will fuck things up - sometimes monumentally. But we will also have tremendous wins. And through all of that, we learn. It's a good cue to live your life and revel in the experiences that make us who we are.

You live, you learn
You love, you learn
You cry, you learn
You lose, you learn
You bleed, you learn
You scream, you learn

You grieve, you learn
You choke, you learn
You laugh, you learn
You choose, you learn
You pray, you learn
You ask, you learn
You live, you learn.

If you haven't heard anything from this album (and if you lived through the 90s, I'm not sure how you could've dodged most of these songs), then find it on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music, or iTunes.

PS. Listen to her song, Uninvited (1998), from the City of Angels soundtrack. Still one of the most harrowing beautiful songs I've ever heard. Here's the album version with the orchestra.

Here's a live version. It's a bit different, but everything is perfect here - voice, keyboard, guitar, drummer - everything.