Alanis Morissette talks "Havoc and Bright Lights"
Alanis Morissette says there's no better time than now to be a woman.
"The days of old were such that women were owned and we were property and we were less than [men]," Morissette said during a recent teleconference.
"Then we went through the women's movement, which was an important movement. We became empowered, but in an individualistic, autonomous kind of way; neither style, neither approach afforded any kind of connection or intimacy. And then now we're slowly segueing into this gorgeous era where we're empowered but we also have the knowledge that interdependence can afford this connection within and connection with other people, so the women's movement is moving in such a much better way."
Morissette -- who tackles the subject in "Woman Down" from her new album "Havoc and Bright Lights" -- added that it's not to say that misogyny, chauvinism and patriarchy isn't alive and well around the globe, including in the United States. However, it's getting more and more bala nced, "to the point where not just females but the divine feminine itself is being more respected and revered as an important way to connect with each other and with spirit."
As a whole, the album for which she is currently touring as a whole speaks to how much braver Morissette is "to delve into a deeper intimacy in my relationships." That includes with her son, Ever, and husband, Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway.
"Intimacy was always terrifying for me, so is intimacy with spirit, other people, friends, even professional colleagues -- although I don't really write about that directly," she said. "So yes, it's a 'relationship record' even more so than ever before."
For "Havoc and Bright Lights," Morissette wrote 31 songs with producer Guy Sigsworth in a makeshift studio in her living room.
"Ever was just born; he was about 5 and a half months old, and I was dying to write," she said. "But I was, and still am, very committed to the attachment stage of development going as well as possible, so we built a studio in the house,
"Guy came over from London, and we just wrote in some fits and starts over the period of that year. And then he started producing and then I could tell that I wanted to lend my sensibilities in the rock world combined with some of my influences from the more technological loops, I listened to a lot of hip-hop as a kid, so I like the blend of both sonic styles and genres."
She said that some of the other 19 songs will see the light of day. A portion of them are extras in Japan and Europe. She also gave a song, "Magical Child," to Christy Turlington Burns for her charity, Every Mother Counts.
Morissette will tour the record until Nov. 1, when she closes the tour at Phoenix's Comerica Theatre. She said the setlist has wide spectrum of emotions.
"We'll just look at all the songs in front of us, I'll sit around with my bandmates -- they're a great help to me in this way because they have an objectivity and their musicianship is so stellar that they're able to raise their hand and say, 'Oh, my God, I'm dying to play 'Citizen of the Planet' or whatever song -- and say 'What songs are you loving and missing harmonically?
"And then for me it's just the content and the stories and the narratives; I just want to make sure that I touch on enough aspects of my own humanity that it's a varied show. I think in terms of color a lot, so I want to make sure that the whole set isn't all dark purple. I've got to have some primary colors thrown in there, some ... action, so I'm going to keep it positive and challenging and exaltative and harrowing and have it all come forth, angry, happy, blissed out, infatuated, pissed off."
She explained that "Woman Down" has emerged as one of her favorites to perform live.
"We actually open the show with it," she said. "And the conversations that have been born from these songs, I thought that they would wind up being exciting, but it's taken the philosopher in me to a whole different level, to the point where I feel like these are sacred conversations that I'm having philosophically, because these songs, while they touch on the microcosm for the most part, they are entering into the more macro, broad commentary area of dialogue with people.
"So whether it's in interviews with Piers Morgan, or talking with you right now, or writing articles, answering questions about this record, I feel like I'm in my ideal, dream-come-true seat, because I get to have a little bit of social commentary, which is humility, and I'm doing it in real time. I'm mulling over and finding these revelations around these topics and these movements at the same time as everyone else is, so I feel like it's a very active conversation about the evolution of our own consciousness all at the same time being entertaining. It's like back door activism. I love it."
10 - Denver, CO - Paramount
12 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
15 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
16 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
17 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
19 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
22 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5
23 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
25 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
26 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
28 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
30 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
1 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre