Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Morissette: I struggled to write

Alanis Morissette said it wasn't easy penning music while she was expecting

Alanis Morissette has revealed she found it difficult to write songs while she was pregnant.

The Canadian singer, who gave birth to son Ever in December 2010, was surprised to find how tough it was to put pen to paper when she was expecting.

Alanis - who is back with a new album, Havoc And Bright Lights - admitted: "I thought it would be hugely productive, writing while pregnant. But there was this big hormonal cocktail going on, so it wasn't great. And lots of nausea, too."

When it came to songwriting post-birth, however, the process was speeded up by an abundance of ideas.

"I've always written quickly. Some of the songs on Jagged Little Pill were written in 20 minutes, they just poured out of me. It wasn't as fast as that this time around, but no song took longer than 40 minutes," she said.

"When people ask what I've done since my last record (2008's Flavours Of Entanglement), I honestly think I was just accumulating life experiences until I was ready to start writing and recording these four-minute stories again."

The new album's lead single Guardian is an obvious nod to motherhood. "That's basically me saying if I can't be a parent to my inner self, I can't be a parent to my actual son," explained the singer, who is married to rapper Mario Treadway.

"There's a song about my husband called Til You, and another that's a commentary on the era of gender inequality and misogyny hopefully segueing into a more egalitarian era. That's called Edge Of Evolution."

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