That Jagged Little 20-year-old Pill

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Life really has a funny way of sneaking up on you.

I was trolling around Facebook and a friend invited me to an Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill tribute gig and my jaw just dropped. A horrified thought bubble – “Wait? WHUT? Jagged Little Pill is 20 years old?!??!?! How did that happen??”. As much as days go by slowly and years go by quickly, has it really been TWENTY years?

Being the third world 90s kid that I am, I first heard about Alanis probably the early part of 1996, the last quarter of my senior year in high school. It was probably after UPCAT and ACET results were out, I knew I was college-bound and did not care much about what happens the rest of the year. My friends and I were in the deep depths of “senioritis”.

Funnily enough, I barely remember anything about HS graduation but I do remember the shenanigans around the practice. I remember it like it was just yesterday. I clearly recall that fellow tall girls Dianne and Fifi were belting out “You Outta Know” in between horsing around and slacking off during the last few moments of high school. My buddies and I also went on an epic roadtrip to the beach and Baguio before we graduated as this was the probably the last time we were all together and complete – Celina was off to Stanford, Love was off to UCSD, I was off to Fordham the year after. We were only allowed to miss 2 grad practice days(if we had missed more, none of us would graduate. Ironic as 2 of the top 10 of our class are our friends! LOLs) and so we planned it perfectly including the clothes, the food stops and of course, the playlist and I will say sorry to my friends as they had to go through hours of Alanis, Oasis and more Alanis. I was young, angry and foolish. What can I do? 😀

I also remember stalking Alanis at the now defunct APO Hiking Society Lunch variety show with Noee at the Delta Theater(turned used car showroom LOL). She was here for a concert, November 1996 to be exact and I’m not sure why I didn’t watch her. Either nobody wanted to go with me as Alanis was deemed too mainstream for my “alternative/modern” rock listening friends/family or I did not have any money being a poor college kid with 500 pesos a week as allowance. Take note, 500 during that time was not a bad sum of money. You can do so many things with that. But based on my last weekend trip to the UP Town Center(a mall near UP Diliman and Ateneo, where UPIS used to be!), I estimate a local college kid nowadays needs at least 2500 pesos a week to survive given the plethora of things/activities you are bound to spend on these days. Gah! Kids today! But going back to Alanis, so yah, whatever the reason was I dragged Noee to Delta and we almost were trampled by the crazy people who thought of doing the same thing and the White Castle girl and her horse walking around the parking area. Don’t ask me about the latter and no, we did not see Alanis either. We were too tired from all the “moshing” outside we decided to quit and go to Wendy’s Quezon Avenue to eat. LOL. Ahh. Youth.

Those were almost 20 years ago, how about that? Unbelievable. And this morning, I decided to listen to Jagged Little Pill while driving and the tide of memories just flooded right in. I know, Alanis is a manufactured juggernaut of modern rock-feminist twinged pop music but her songs are not bad. Most held up and I think my favorite song in the album is “You learn”. It’s softer than most of the other songs and I guess the song rings true. So many things happened the past two decades – triumph, loss, heartbreak, success, milestones, lessons, beginnings, endings and a whole lotta life – you live and you learn.

That was such a nice trip down memory lane. Thank you, Alanis.

Written by divasoria

June 10th, 2015 at 8:34 am

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  1. Wow! Love this post. First heard of Alanis when I was in 1st year high school in 1996! Everybody seemed to be listening to her, and Oasis, and Cranberries. It’s been 20 years? What???


    3 Jul 15 at 1:48 pm

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