Alanis Morissette is aching to play live music again.
But, of course, she can’t do anything about it for now given the hellish pandemic.
For the meantime, the Grammy-winning artist released a new single titled “I Miss The Band.”
Yes, the song is about her yearning to play live again.
There’s a wistful quality to the piano-decked new song from the “Ironic” singer.
In it, Alanis romanticizes being on the road and travelling around the world with a band and playing music.
She croons, “We’re on a plane, we’re in Japan / in baggage claim I ask, what city we just landed in / the paper slips under the hotel door / I’m shaking all hands as the hum-of-the-road keeps me happy.”
But more than anything Alanis misses the camaraderie of being in a band.
A sample of the song’s lyrics goes: ‘Inside joke, well understood / the nudge nudge wink wink and finishing each other’s harmonies / the late night drive through Italian roads / trains pulling out and we’re all in on the secret.”
Alanis’ lyrics are straightforward, singing “I miss the band,” and later admits “I am imploding without you / and there’s not a day that goes by / where I don’t hear our music in my head / where I don’t miss traveling in your company.”
Alanis was supposed to play in Manila back in April 2020 for the 20th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill.” But as Covid-19 loomed and became a full-blown world pandemic and lockdowns became the norm, her concert at the Mall of Asia, which supposed to have been her first time back in Manila after her album “Jagged Little Pill” became a worldwide phenomenon back in the late 90’s, was cancelled along with every other show and concert around the planet.
“I Miss The Band” has an accompanying music video. It features footages of Alanis and her band on concerts, probably their most recent ones, before the live music scene in general was cancelled due to the pandemic. The music video is “marked as a fundraiser on YouTube for Backline Care.”
Backline Care is a nonprofit organization that “provides a safe, private, and immediate place to go for help. Available for free to artists, managers, agents, crew, producers, labels and their families,” that “provides for that “offers case management, support groups, and wellness programs to meet the needs of this unique community,” Paste Magazine reported.
Alanis’ most recent album is “Such Pretty Forks In The Road.”