I wonder what talented so and so Alanis Morissette is up to these days and if she is still making great music? The last time I saw her was in a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode seen here where she sabotages her own set. I suppose it was to meet Larry’s storyline, which is self effacing on her part.
Hand in my Pocket is the first of two songs which will feature here from the Canadian singer-songwriter. It was the second single from the enormously successful album Jagged Little Pill which I once had in my humble music collection. This song received significant radio airplay and reached No1 on the US billboards. I still feel it holds up solid after all these years and I fondly rewatched her well-received music video. It’s great songwriting:
I’m broke, but I’m happy
I’m poor, but I’m kind
I’m short, but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high, but I’m grounded
I’m sane, but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost, but I’m hopeful, baby
And what it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine
‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is givin’ a high five
After graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. Every other label turned her down. Ouch!
Ballard said to Rolling Stone: “I just connected with her as a person, and, almost parenthetically, it was like ‘Wow, you’re 19?’ She was so intelligent and ready to take a chance on doing something that might have no commercial application. Although there was some question about what she wanted to do musically, she knew what she didn’t want to do, which was anything that wasn’t authentic and from her heart.“
1. Wikipedia – Hand in my Pocket