Teddy and I went to see Alanis Morissette in concert about a week ago at Caesars Windsor, Ontario!!
It was only a small tour, which she labelled Intimate and Acoustic, and rightly so! The concert was purely acoustic – a mix of popular hits from various albums and some lesser known songs. Alanis was able to belt out every note spot on, whistle perched on a chair mid-stage with one guitarist on either side of her. Throughout the concert someone from backstage would occasionally come on stage and switch out their guitars for the next set.
Between every song, Alanis shared with us either an anecdote about the next number or she shared something personal about herself in someway. It was a concert that not only allowed us to listen to her powerful voice, but also learn more about her.
Sooo, what did I learn? Or more so, what did I remember?!
Let’s start with the fact she’s Canadian born, in our capital city Ottawa no less! She’s now also a first time mom, and as she put it, “I haven’t slept in three and a half years. Actually, I’m sleeping right now,” she joked before starting her concert. Oh, and she dyed her hair blonde!
To my dismay, the venue didn’t allow cameras – not even low quality commercial cameras. All we got were shots from our cell phones, so you can imagine how poor those are! I apologize for the lack of decent photos!
Back to Alanis! Did I mention she was phenomenal?!? Every note was spot on. She knows how to perform live and it just proves how real her albums are. There was even a comment said that if a singer looks too pretty hitting a hard note, then they are most likely lip-syncing. Not that lip-syncing is necessarily bad, it’s just something Alanis would never need to do. She’s too talented!
Speaking of hitting notes, every time there was a particularly long or difficult note, she would cock her head to the right. She even mentioned that she always had to look to the right for those notes – something about the right hemisphere and it’s musical governance. In the past, she admitted to looking to the left and the notes never came out as strong, so she apologized for the audience to the right of her getting mouthfuls all night.
The stage in Windsor
Some other fun facts:
-The song Uninvited was written for the movie City of Angels, and Alanis claimed it took her a mere 15 minutes to write it all out after a private viewing of the film.
-While recording Havoc and Bright Lights, there was contemplation about how to approach the album: Motherhood vs. Rock Star? “Why not do both of them?” she asked. Alanis even joked about holding her son, breastfeeding, while recording in her home.
-Alanis has a twin brother named Wade (bet you didn’t know that!) to whom she dedicated a song called No Pressure Over Cappuccino. While singing this piece during the concert, she had to pause during the third verse. As the music played, she struggled to hold back tears, but couldn’t fight the emotion. The stadium cheered her on as she tried to regain posture; I was choked up for her, nearly to tears as Alanis wiped her eyes and pressed forward. There were very strong emotions that night, and so much support from her fans. When she closed with Thank You and sang the line, “How ’bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out,” everyone cheered to show their support.
-She had a cold during the concert, but refused to cancel the show. Even with her cold, she was incredible! Alanis explained that when she gets sick like this and travels, any puffs of air from airplane vents called gaspers would escalate her sickness to laryngitis. So, to prevent that from happening – because she loves us so much – she put a blanket over her head during the flight to Canada!
-While pausing to drink some water, she over-poured and spilled a little on her mouth and shirt. She commented that she always loves a good awkward moment, like drinking water in front of thousands of people. And then spilling some of it. Yay awkward!
-She’s been asked on many occasions to write a party song. Her producers would say something like: “We enjoy all these apocalyptic horses that come to you, but can you just write a party song?” Alanis thought about it, and concluded her song would probably just be about how oafish she felt, standing in the corner, trying to be a wallflower, then being forced into the middle of the room, and being socially awkward. That’s why she simply covered My Humps… which is hilarious! Take a look:
My Humps – Alanis Morissette
This next clip I picked because it shows you briefly how she shares before a song, and this also happens to be an acoustic version of Incomplete. She has so many powerful, hard hitting songs, full of great syntax and metaphors, it’s hard to just choose one for a quick showcase.
Incomplete (Live) – Alanis Morissette
Aside from the acoustics, all of Alanis’ original versions are definitely worth listening to. Each album is so different from one another in tone, but they all have the same, sophisticated artist behind them all. It’s amazing to see her journey through her music and am looking forward to what more will be produced!
Chow for now lovelies!