Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Flavors of buh

Alanis Morissette is releasing her first new album in four years. Apparently Flavors of Entanglement is inspired by the breakup of her four-year relationship with Ryan Reynolds. Sez Morissette:
In the middle of my breakup, I went to London for 12 days, wrote 12 songs. It was all very immediate and visceral. Then I came back to LA and wrote 12 more songs with a gentleman named Guy Sigsworth, whom I adore. So the writing itself was very immediate.
Holy shmoly. 12 songs in 12 DAYS?

Mining the fields of misery can yield great creative results. I've done it many a time myself. But for me the mining generally occurs after the dust has at least started to settle. If I attempted to write a breakup song while in the middle of said breakup, the song would only have one word. That word would be: Buh?

(Thanks to Grey Wolf for passing this on.)


DeppityBob said...

Would the second syllable be "bye"?

I write at a pace that would make James Joyce want to kick me in the ass. 12 songs in 12 days? Will she yowl in every one of them?

Jannie Funster said...

That A.M. sounds like an album well worth reading the lyrics to.

Almost 18 years of a happy relationship for me, no visceral break up fodder here. Wouldn't even know how to imagine it and have it ring true. Trying to get some happy ones together, tho. Currently 12 songs i'm concentrating on in various states of undress.

I tend to be a slow writer too, arrrg.

-- Jannie

cinderkeys said...

Ms. Alanis has, over the years, replaced her signature yowl with other quirks. Actually, those quirks might help account for her speed ...

Julee said...

Wow! 12 songs in 12 days...That's impressive. "Flavors of Entanglement" has 11 titles and they are all amazing. Very impressive writing...I enjoyed just sitting down and reading the lyrics.
She has definately evolved. She's still angry, but it's more reflective now. I like that she has "grown up" and her music has continued to grow with her.