Thank U

The KMA is all about Community! Well, Community and rockin’ tunes… and a lot of Aaron gibbering tempered with James’ greatness. And where does the Community come from? It’s built-in! You folks rock! Also, I read books about Zen, Tao, and philosophy as it pertains to being a decent human being. We’re all in this together, may as well at least try to be decent to each other!

Now, Alanis… I’ve been hearing this song from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie on the sound system at work, and it always pleases me. I thought Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was as strong as Jagged Little Pill ever was, even if it didn’t have as many singles or get as much attention – that’s hard to achieve, since JLP was so massive.

After the success of JLP, Alanis went to India to get a break, to re-center and, admit it, it’d just be cool to go check out India! She said ‘Basically, I had never stopped in my whole life, hadn’t taken a long breath, and I took a year and a half off and basically learned how to do that. When I did stop and I was silent and I breathed… I was just left with an immense amount of gratitude, and inspiration, and love, and bliss, and that’s where the song came from, you know.’

Some of it may seem strange, her thanking terror, disillusionment, frailty… but then right after those, she thanks consequence. She knows even anger and fear are part of life, and we can learn from them. All it takes is slowing down and paying attention. That she found things to be grateful for in the face of so much fame and approbation speaks to the strength of her character too. Some people would let it all go to their heads and become insufferable…

It’s such a simple tune, musically, but even that speaks volumes and matches the lyrics perfectly. The melody line is another memorable earworm, making it unavoidable. And I think it connects deep down on a level we can all understand, whether we’re aware of it in our daily lives or not. She hit the Universal, with this one (call it spiritual, if you must), a nice bell of mindfulness about your own need to take a moment, think about where you are and what you’re doing, to be grateful for what you have, and to move towards growth where it’s needed.

This section here: “The moment I let go of it / was the moment I got more than I could handle / The moment I jumped off of it / Was the moment I touched down.” Hell yes.

I love it. Check it out:

How ’bout getting off these antibiotics
How ’bout stopping eating when I’m full up
How ’bout them transparent dangling carrots
How ’bout that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

How ’bout me not blaming you for everything
How ’bout me enjoying the moment for once
How ’bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How ’bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it
was the moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down

How ’bout no longer being masochistic
How ’bout remembering your divinity
How ’bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How ’bout not equating death with stopping

Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence

23 thoughts on “Thank U

  1. Vinyl Connection says:

    Thank U for providing the first ever listen to an Alanis Morissette song**. In tribute I will be blogging naked today*.

    * But with a fuzzy bit where the fuzzy bits are.
    ** Nice lyric.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      A first-ever listen to Alanis? Wow, in 2016 that’s amazing! I thought she was everywhere! right on!

      Blogging naked. Like En Vogue (I think) I said, Free your mind and the rest will follow…

      That video ran into some controversy, because of the nudity, but you can’t really see anything. Between the curtains of hair and the strategic blurring, it’s more a suggestion than porn. Besides, given the content of the song, I think the naked body here goes beyond sexual and visually represents the nudity of birth, or re-birth, here, of awareness and grattitude.

      The lyrics here are great. Actually, if you see this album (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie) in the shops for cheap (which should be easy to do), grab it up. It’s a keeper.

      Thanks for reading! And blogging naked!

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      1. Vinyl Connection says:

        I have always aspired to (but never embodied) the Funkadelic doctrine ‘Free your mind… And your ass will follow’. Alanis certainly got closer than I ever will.
        I like the vulnerability implied in her static unclothed self contrasting with the busy streets and everyday people briefly connecting with her. As someone said, it’s all about connection. 🙂

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Yes to this! It’s a great video. Another thing I love is how she sings along to ome lyrics but not others, leaving me to believe that the ones she didn’t sing to were in her head. Lyrical thought bubbles!

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  2. J. says:

    Great post, Aaron. I’m awfy fond of this song … and although a tad too long, I honestly think Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is a better album than Jagged Little Pill. There’s an openness and spirit there that doesn’t get strangled by the hooks and such of the former. It’s a lasting album, I think.

    But yeah, this song is typical of the album. Brilliant stuff.

    … as for community. Indeed.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks, J.! I’m all about the Community (I hope that comes across)… you guys are all awesome! 🙂

      SFIJ is a great record and my choice (these days) over JLP. I do like them both, though. And this song is indeed a strong part of it. GREAT tune.

      I’m glad you guys seemed to like the song post today. Maybe I oughta do more!

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      1. J. says:

        It does! And yeah, I reckon if the mood takes you to do more posts like this then do it!

        … well, unless it’s those Chili folks! 😉

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  3. KamerTunesBlog (by Rich Kamerman) says:

    Great post from a great blog in a great community. Okay, enough of that. 😀 Love this song as well as the majority of Alanis’ catalog. Have you heard Steven Wilson’s version of “Thank You” from his Cover Version album? Well worth checking out.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thank U. Haha it is indeed a great tune, one that I find stuck in my head even if I haven’t heard it in a long while. Right now, since the work music system seems to play the same songs over and over, I get to hear it pretty much daily, these days. No problem for me!

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          1. mikeladano says:

            Yeah. That’s enough to rip my eardrums out. I can listen to a little bit of Lemmy doing Run Run Rudolph…but even that, I couldn’t do every day for a month…

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