My costume this is year is Alanis circa 1996, and in my my authentic efforts to find her voice, her 'tude, I've been reliving the experience of hearing her again, for the first time. I emphatically assure everyone even though I'm grossly under qualified to have an opinion on the music "industry", obviously "Jagged Little Pill" is one of the most impactful Canadian records of all time. I'm caught up in the wave of reflection and celebration of the art of G.D. and it's making me so nostalgic for the early days of my relationship to music. Whose music actually built my foundation, set my standards for the rest of this long and complicated relationship with artists I hope will never be dethroned from their pedestals (those gods)? I almost writhe in pleasure singing every word to every tune from track 1-12 of every album that at one time entered my 6 CD rotation, before the internet could discover new music for me. Putting eyeliner on before highschool, my own private moments in my basement bedroom, an hour or more dedicated to blowing my curly hair into straight submission. A nod of gratitude to my family who never told me I sang too loud. A deep bow to all my early music influences and influencers with honourable mentions to: Sharlene MacLean, "The Wall, Live", "Moondance"; @taramacleangrand , "Evidence", "No Angel", "The Bridge"; Adam Gallant,"In Loving Memory Of", "Blue" (3EB), "Grace"; Alana McInnis, "The Marshall Mathers LP"; Jane Lauder, "Blue" (@jonimitchell ); and whoever/whatever forces gave me "Head Over Heels" (@paulaabdul ), Songs in A-Minor" (@aliciakeys), "Celebrity" (@nsync ), "Always On My Mind" (@willienelsonofficial ), "Dance Mix '94" (#dancemix95 , and so many more that are buried deep in my subconscious and also woven into the fabric of my being. And to the ongoing music influencers in my current rotation, @jeremiesaunders , @darwinslilfinch , @sarorford et al.