“My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze…”. The Rolling Stone review of this song was “bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, she’s not as edgy as she was 25 years ago”. That was disappointing, cause who is supposed to be exactly the same as they were 25 years ago?!
I think good art is measured by whether it makes you feel something. This song definitely made me feel. I’ve rarely seen someone stand in motherhood in such an all-encompassing way as Alanis does. It’s really moving, because she’s also so sincere about it. Motherhood can be a miracle, sure, but it’s also sometimes a slog, and a battle, and a thing that billions of individuals have experienced before you.
And of course, the fact that she proclaims her mission statement as being keeping that fire in her children’s eyes ablaze, beyond any ego-driven wishes she might have for them is such a commendable, powerful sentiment. One should only start a family if it’s fueled by that selfless desire. (Robert Dave)