Alanis Morissette Writes Campaign Song 'Today' for Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:58 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Grammy Award-winning singer Alanis Morissette is showing her support for self-help author Marianne Williamson in her campaign for California U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman's seat by recording her campaign theme song.

Williamson is one of a slew of 18 candidates vying for the seat of Waxman, a liberal Democrat who is retiring after 40 years on Capitol Hill, according to USA Today.

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Williamson is the author of "A Return to Love" and "A Year of Miracles." She also came up with the often quoted poem "Our Greatest Fear."

Morissette's song, "Today," was posted on YouTube on Saturday and has more than 23,000 views as of Wednesday.

"Several weeks ago, at our Love, Enlightenment and Politics seminar, a woman in the audience asked Alanis Morissette if she would write a song for the campaign," Williamson said, according to The Hill.

"I remember feeling a bit embarrassed, hoping Alanis wouldn't think I'd put her up to it. But Alanis being Alanis, she simply said, 'Sure!' Now, true to her word, Alanis Morissette has produced a masterpiece. I have never heard a song more powerfully describe this moment in our history, or more lovingly call forth our generation's genius from the ashes of our pain," Williamson continued.

Waxman's 33rd District, which will hold its primary on June 3, includes Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel Air. Those vying for the position include California State Sen. Ted Lieu, who has the party's endorsement, former Los Angeles city controller and former mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, television producer Brent Roske, and political columnist and radio talk show host Matt Miller.

Williamson wrote that she decided to run because she feels the United States has "gone off its democratic rails" with a "toxic brew of shrinking civil liberties, expanding corporate influence and domestic surveillance is poisoning our democracy," according to her campaign website.

Williamson has received endorsements from former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former Ohio U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, along with current U.S. Rep. Keith Ellis of Minnesota and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida.

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