I was standing in line at my local Starbucks last week watching the Baristas perform their coffee making magic. I love listening to the customers order their various drinks; it all sounds so serious and scientific. And then it was my turn to order - it was a little embarrasing:
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"I'd like a grande decaf, please."
"Room for cream, sir?"
"Uh, no. No thanks."
You have to hand it to Starbucks; they've taken coffee and made it into an art form. I could have easily gotten my coffee at the little donut shop around the corner (and saved a dollar and a half), but it just wouldn't be the same, would it?
And now Starbucks has entered the music business. They've teamed up with several major recording artist, including Alanis Morissette, for the exclusive rights to sell their new releases.
Case in point: To mark the tenth anniversary of "Jagged Little Pill" (Morissette's classic ode to teenaged agnst) she's released "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic," a stripped-down song-for-song remake of the original record. In its first week, "JLP Acoustic" racked up an astounding 61,000 copies sold at Starbucks.
I'm not going to tell you that "JLP Acoustic" is better than the original (because it's not), but it's an excellent record. "Jagged Little Pill" has sold 16 million copies to date in the U.S. (28 million worldwide). She recorded it when she was 20. It was her third album (2 Canadian albums preceded it). Looking back on "Jagged Little Pill" - 10 years later - it's an amazing record filled with extraordinary songs.
"JLP Acoustic" is lovingly rendered. Listening to it is like listening to an old friend tell some familiar stories. My favorite (on both albums) is "You Learn."
You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn
On a scale of 1 to 10 - "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" is a 10.