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So um, it’s always good to come here. Are you, some of you people, are you all in the shows and stuff? No, are you, are some of the people here, are you in the shows, you know, like, is anybody like, Mickey or the Little Mermaid. No, I love that. I think that’s like, such a wild gig. You know? I’m fascinated. I mean, if you are, you can come talk and tell us about it, that would be great. I mean, I just have these fantasies that um.. I don’t know. No, but um.. See, one time years ago.. What was it, Marcel, do you remember when the Little Mermaid showed up? It was 1994, I think. Was it 1994? Wow, it was fascinating. She was backstage, right? I was doing something, I was like, you know.. having um, I think, probably cherry pie and hot chocolate and double extra ice cream - but no, it’s, my memory isn’t that good. But I was back there doing something yummy and I hear this voice.. [Tori sings, “ooooh-ooooh-oooh”].. and I’m just going, “What is going on? What’s Joel doing?” I said, “My security guy, what, is he on steroids, what is he doing?” So anway, somebody peaks their head in and uh goes, “The Little Mermaid is in the hallway. And she doesn’t wanna go.” Bring her along. Anyway, um, he loved the Little Mermaid…

--Tori Amos, in concert
September 30, 2001 - Kissimmee, Florida 

If I could change one thing about myself… I’d be great at grilling.

--Tori Amos - “My Secret Life” The Independent (UK), October 13, 2012

Guilt, sin and shame are not relevant. It’s about some kind of completeness, the light beside the darker side, the murderer and the virgin. Seeing those things as equal and not putting a hierarchy there. Making clear to yourself: I am all those things at once. We are all reflections of each other. There are only gradient differences. The church can’t accept this, because she isn’t needed in this vision anymore. Therefore they see these ideas as a threat. But if people want to go to church to feel better, that’s also fine with me.

--Tori Amos, Oor Magazine - March 7, 1992

I’m brilliant at fantasy football. My husband is as British as Blackpool rock. He rides a Triumph motorcycle and supports Arsenal. He thinks he’s an expert at fantasy football, but I’m the one who provides him with the best ideas about who to sign and who to trade. I have an instinct for it.

--Tori Amos - Daily Mail (UK) November 10, 2012

I got pregnant at the end of the last tour, it wasn’t planned, but I was very ready at that point in my life to be a mother. Then, when I miscarried, the music just started to come. You know when you have this emptiness - internally, literally - your hormones are crashing and everything is happening? When I’m in some kind of trauma, the songs usually tear across the universe to find me. I have a really good relationship with the Muse, and she usually comes and brings a lot of girls with her also, and they started to really pull me out of it. So although I couldn’t create on a human level, I was able to create as a musician.

--Tori Amos, Mojo - May 1998

You have to fight the belief system. It’s the only way or I become president of Victims Anonymous. And so we’re back to the work. The energy has to be put into making the work vital, and not settling for something that is just good, because there’s no room, don’t you see? When you’re in your 20s, there’s maybe a little room for you to not be at the top of your artistic game, if you look good on a magazine cover. When you’re not on the cover of the magazines anymore, then you realize that the work has to be great. And in order for that to happen we’re back to traveling, being open to stories, being open to creating whatever you need to create in order to stand back and say, “I respect the work with all my heart and soul.

--Tori Amos - The New York Times, December 4, 2012

I was pregnant and I miscarried at almost three months last Christmas. But people thought that was a subtext to the record, and they were getting this so wrong that I decided to talk about it. I just wanted to really have the pregnancy and not rush into doing more music, but when the miscarriage happened, the songs just started to come. I went through many different stages. I couldn’t be the person I was before I carried life, but I’m not a mother, so I was in no man’s land. But there was still a deep connection to this being; the soul and the love doesn’t go. This record is about life force.

--Tori Amos, NY Post - April 17, 1998

When I wrote “Winter” I was thinking about a daughter, walking in the snow field with her father, or grandfather, or both at different times. And when I was recording that [this time], the pictures were changing so that I was thinking of my daughter when she was around 2, and this time she had fallen, and her dad picked her up. So she became the image in that.

When I was singing “Winter,” it was with an awareness that, yes, the film of me as a little girl was still there, but there’s another film playing. “Winter” was telling me, as all the songs do, that we’re expanding and we’re not just one perception of who we are.

--Tori Amos - The WILD magazine, April 2013

I got this letter today… um, from somebody who told me about a guy who was supposed to be at one of the recent shows. And uh, he was eighteen. And she told me that he played so many instruments she couldn’t even count ‘em, and everything he played was magical. And I’ve known people like that, but they’re very few and far between. It’s a very special thing. And uh, they found him quite recently… um, in a car and he didn’t quite make it. He took his life. So she asked me if I would play one of his favourite songs tonight…

--Tori Amos, in concert
October 29, 1996 - Austin, Texas

So I have seen with my own eyes, people convince themselves that so-and-so is unreachable and living yesterday and I’m here living tomorrow and we could all be dead tomorrow. Maybe that’s why there’s so much merrymaking going on and so much experimentation.

--Tori Amos
Santa’s Blog
Friday, September 28, 2007 - 1:17 PM

I wish I had never worn… a jeans-and-T-shirt look for the Choirgirl launch tour. I listened to my husband – he said, “You know, why don’t you just wear jeans?” Don’t listen to your husband unless he’s closet gay. When you look at the pictures, I should have a mop in my hand.

--Tori Amos - “My Secret Life” The Independent (UK), October 13, 2012

I made a choice before ‘Little Earthquakes’ … that I wouldn’t walk on eggshells as far as subject matter, and that I was really motivated by women. … I was motivated by secrets they keep, the stories that they hold close to their heart and possibly hide behind their eyes. And also, after they might tell me their story, they might talk to me about their emotional process. And it is humbling, intriguing, it opens my perception in ways that I never imagined it would over the last so many years.

--Tori Amos - Reuters, October 25, 2012

So um, the baby made her first bus ride today. Um, very tricky thing, um, toddlers. Um, she unm, thinks that everything is “no”. So we’re in the middle of Sears, right? And um, don’t ask me why I’m in the middle of Sears, but I was in the middle of Sears. And it’s trying to explain to this lady why I wasn’t gonna give her my phone number. And it’s just very weird. So um, basically, we couldn’t pick up the buggy unless I gave her a phone number. So I said, “Ok, I’ll give you a phone number.” So if anybody calls you about a buggy, um… this is the thing… So Natashya decides she’s gonna pick up anything and everything in this store. So she decides she’s gonna pick up her Prada um, baby bag. Yes, we have a Prada diaper bag, yes. So anyway, um, and so she tries to pick it up and of course it’s two thousand pounds. And so she tries to drag it, and we all look at her and say, “No.” And she slings this thing, throws clothes down at Sears, starts running like this going, “no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” sits down, cries, says, “no, no.” Everything is “no.” Yeah, I know…

--Tori Amos, in concert
September 29, 2001 - Clearwater, Florida 

There’s a lot of symbolism in it, there are moments when I turn around and I say something like, ‘she’s convinced she could hold back a glacier/but she couldn’t keep baby alive.’ Really clear. There are moments when it gets really clear and it goes back into symbolism again - ‘ballerinas that have fins that you’ll never find.’ Which makes a lot of sense to me, because it’s obviously a mermaid reference, but it’s more than that. Maybe you’ll be a mother and you’ll never have that physical experience - like you’ll never have the experience of being a mermaid. But even though you might not be a physical mother, it doesn’t mean you can’t have that kind of maternal love.

--Tori Amos, Rolling Stone Online - August 8, 1998

I won’t talk about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs [MTV video music awards], but I will say women have sexualised themselves and made great art, which they may get flak for, but it’s powerful. But if you sexualise yourself and you’re not making art, you are just sexualising yourself. Everyone’s embarrassed. It’s not very good, is it? You’re just pooping on yourself.

--Tori Amos - The Observer (UK), Saturday, September 14, 2013

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