I love music. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, let me say it again, I LOVE music. For those of you who do know me in real life, you probably have spent at least one evening in the last year, in my living room, a few bottles of wine in, about a thousand CD’s laid out across the floor, music blaring and all of us dancing. Its my thing, its something W and I both love. We have a CD collection of note and are always up for a couple of drinks and a dancing session in our lounge.

Music speaks to me, it can lift my spirits, it can make me sad, happy, it helps me grieve. I have spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks with my iPod earphones jammed into my ears, whether it be doing chores, walking my puppies or just lying in the dark, my iPod has been my companion. The music has brought the tears when I was fighting them back. I’ve been listening to a lot of my older CD’s over the past couple of days and I came across this totally brilliant Alanis Morissette song that really speaks to me, its about life lessons and I listen to this song now, it helps me to remember why there has to be so much pain. How we can’t appreciate the good times without the bad, how we can’t truly enjoy laughter and joy unless we’ve known sadness and loss, whatever that maybe.

“You Learn”

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
Melt it down (you’re gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream 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