Posted: April 20, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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“Life in this industry can be incredibly isolating and difficult,” Alanis writes. “Backline provides a safe, private, and immediate place to go for help. Available for free to artists, managers, agents, crew, producers, labels, and their families, Backline programs offer case management, support groups, and wellness programs to meet the needs of this unique community.” Her new ballad “I Miss The Band” benefits the organization, which provides mental health and wellness resources for the music industry. 

Alanis Morissette is aching to play live music again. But, of course, she can’t do anything about it for now given the hellish pandemic. For the meantime, the Grammy-winning artist released a new single titled “I Miss The Band.” There’s a wistful quality to the piano-decked new song from the “Ironic” singer.

In it, Alanis romanticizes being on the road and travelling around the world with a band and playing music. She croons, “We’re on a plane, we’re in Japan / in baggage claim I ask, what city we just landed in / the paper slips under the hotel door / I’m shaking all hands as the hum-of-the-road keeps me happy.”

Yes, the song is about her yearning to play live again.

I am deeply yearning to play live music again….the sweat, the rapture, the movement, the love…i miss seeing your faces & being with my bandmates soon…we’ll be back together.

A sample of the song’s lyrics goes: ‘Inside joke, well understood / the nudge nudge wink wink and finishing each other’s harmonies / the late night drive through Italian roads / trains pulling out and we’re all in on the secret.”

Alanis’ lyrics are straightforward, singing “I miss the band,” and later admits “I am imploding without you / and there’s not a day that goes by / where I don’t hear our music in my head / where I don’t miss traveling in your company.”

Alanis was supposed to play in Manila back in April 2020 for the 20th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill.” But as Covid-19 loomed and became a full-blown world pandemic and lockdowns became the norm, her concert at the Mall of Asia, which supposed to have been her first time back in Manila after her album “Jagged Little Pill” became a worldwide phenomenon back in the late 90’s, was cancelled along with every other show and concert around the planet.

“I Miss The Band” and ‘Such Pretty Forks in the Road,’ out now

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