Alanis Morissette On The Balance Between Work And Family: Bring Them On Tour
There’s nothing ironic about it… Alanis Morissette is back and better than ever.
Alanis, a new mom with a new album on the way, is finding her way back into the spotlight while learning the balance between work and family before her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, is released this August.
These days, Alanis is all about her family, she even wrote a song called “‘Til You” which appears on the new album, for her husband, Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway and another called “You Owe Me Nothing In Return,” for her son, Ever. Though she feels that her huge hit, “You Oughta Know” is a better song to shape him when he’s older.
Even with her new focus, Morissette says she feels like it’s the right time for her to get back to touring because she always felt like she would have to put her life on pause while she toured, but now she has a life while she’s working.
“Basically, you need to be two people and you never sleep,” says Alanis. Although she has gotten used to always having a small amount of guilt since she’s had to start splitting her time between work and family. “That’s just a muscle you get used to,” she said. “You just go, ‘Ok, I’m going to have this sort of low-grade guilt all the time and that’s just part of being alive now.”
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For Alanis, it’s a unique challenge to find the blend between work and family, but she will be taking breaks from touring to focus on her 17-month-old son, Ever. Even so, becoming a mother hasn’t changed much for her musically.
“Basically, instead of jumping in the car and having a, you know, tequila shot and partying the whole way home after a show, I just jump in the car, I kick right into wife and mommy and family mode, which is a little jarring, but it’s pretty awesome,” she said.
There certainly won’t be any tequila shots for Alanis as she promotes her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights. The singer plans on having the whole family join her on tour, staying in hotels and tour buses like the rock star unit they are.
Part of Morissette’s success is due to people finding ways to relate to her music. She said she has heard stories from people who didn’t relate to her songs until they went through a particularly miserable experience, like divorce, even though she was not going through the same situation when she wrote the songs. She admits she likes being the soundtrack for other people’s traumas.
“I went through some version of it and they personalized it, which is great,” she said. “The song’s for me when I write it but once I share it with the world it’s not really mine anymore.”
As Alanis gears up for even more appearances to promote her new record, she admitted that she has a certain fondness for TV talk shows. Through the years, Morissette has done a ton of interviews with different talk show hosts. She said two of her favorites are Debbie Ford, from Hay House Radio, and Ellen DeGeneres.
“Ellen is a genius,” she said. “I did an interview with her years ago and I remember reading it back, thinking that, her brain, I just wanted to put it in a sandwich and eat it.”
What else can Alanis do to keep herself busy? Acting of course. She says she likes to dip her toe in that pool and would be interested in doing more acting in the future.
“Sometimes, when I’m doing art forms, I like to switch them up a bit to kind of fluff the other one.”
Alanis Morissette’s seventh studio album “Havoc and Bright Lights” hits shelves on August 28th. Below is the track listing. You can check out her first single, “Guardian,” HERE.
Havoc and Bright Lights Tracklisting:
Win and Win
Edge of Evolution
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