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Hi everybody, how are you? So god, we’re really in the real thing, huh? The real thing. And um, a lot of stuff’s been said in there, eh? By some very, I think, some of them are nice men. Some of them are our dads.. And um, some of them are our grandmothers. I think the um, weirdest thing is when my grandmother said to me when I was five - “You know, Myra Ellen, you need to give your um, body to your husband, and um, your soul to God, and all your love to Jesus.” Well, what’s left?

--Tori Amos, in concert
August 30, 2001 - London, England (Union Chapel Church)

… I always wished I could garden. Yeah. You know, it’s when I hear about people who can grow stuff, I think, wow. If I had the time, I would study and really learn. I mean, even then, my mother has told me it’s not that easy. My grandmother had an amazing ability with violets. She could grow flowers. That was her thing. But my mother told me to forget about it. I could study as much as I want but then I would have to figure out that magic that gardeners have.

--Tori Amos - The WILD magazine, April 2013

The last ten days have been beyond. How do you put to paper emotions that make you want to put “Rapture” by Blondie on repeat and dance in a silk negligee until you drop? Falling for someone makes every little detail matter, or not matter. For instance, food tastes better, squabbles with girlfriends begin to seem trivial, art comes to life when you’re simply holding hands and staring at a painting. For the first time in my life I finally get what Clyde sees in “dried paint”.

--Santa’s Blog
Friday, June 29, 2007 - 6:52 PM 

My life in six words… When do I take the stage?

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

Our culture, and especially the Catholic church, teaches us to separate love and lust. We also learn how to suppress our lust. You don’t have to be a minister’s daughter to see that. Love can cover a whole scale of emotions. Lust, that strange passion, that animal temptation, makes us want to start relationships with strangers. That’s the seducer or the seductress in every one of us. Why can’t that one exist next to our daily us? That whole notion of good girls and bad girls … The virgin Mary gave birth to more children after Jesus, so she has had sex. It’s not unlikely that she enjoyed that, but nobody wants to talk about it.

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

The muses, the nine women that have been with me since I can remember, since maybe 2-and-a-half, they push me and point me into open listening and the songs themselves appear as geometric shapes. I got a D in geometry so I can’t tell you what shape. But as I get to know them, as I’m performing them and as the years go on, the shapes expand, in a way. Each time I enter it the song might show me something different than I’d seen before because of what you just said, because the collective has an experience with it, a perception of it that I didn’t have. And the muses will tell me, “Look, Tori, you need to listen to this. Just because this isn’t your experience of it doesn’t mean the song doesn’t hold that experience.

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

We I knew I was getting married, and all those feelings were coming up, sort of flashbacks of your life. So when I saw this tiny book on Jackie’s life at a book store in an airport I just picked it up, and when I saw the picture of her as a bride… and then turned the page and saw the picture of her when JFK got shot, it really spoke to me about how fast your life can change, at the turn of a page. I really didn’t know how I was going to react on my wedding day when I wrote this song. A part of me could see myself getting lost, going to a 7-Eleven and having a Slurpee all day… This song is about a girl getting lost on her wedding day. I happened to show up at the church for mine in real life. But a 7-Eleven did cross my mind.

--Tori Amos, Yahoo Online Chat - August 5, 1998

I’ve always been inspired by visual artists of all mediums because, as with music, art is not a job you can go to and leave from, but it is something that defines who and what you are. Visual artists shake up our brains and force us to look at everything, from objects we don’t normally think twice about to people we might not have cared about. In one image, they can remind us of nature’s power to enchant, as well as humankind’s fruitless attempt to overpower her or simply second-guess her. Through the visual artist’s application of tone, shape, pattern and pigment, I not only begin to see, but I can honestly say I begin to hear.

--Tori Amos - Rolling Stone, March 28 2014 (read the full article here)

When I had extra money I’d buy an art book. I now have more than a thousand books, and more art books than anything else. About 500 to 600 are art reference books while the rest are history, mythology or poetry, and not a lot of fiction.

--Tori Amos - Sunday Express (UK) July 21, 2013

tori reveals when she turned her back on her own force of fire - “I abandoned it rupturing a delicate balance when I left my world for his”. She now sees what this has done to imbalance their relationship. She expands on the idea Anabelle planted in Job’s Coffin about ” a power of old who wanted earth to be controlled”. The consequence of any force turning their back on their own power is no different than using it for destructive purposes. tori realizes she must make the choice to reactivate her inner life force.

--Tori Amos, Introduction to “Nautical Twilight” - July 2011

There’s just no respect for the instrument, the soul of the piano, the guitar, whatever you play. I’ve had a lot of chats with people that play their instrument and love their instrument. And it’s so different when you go and honor your instrument. I mean, you’re not like fucking using it like it’s a whore. A lot of times people, you know, they go up to it and it’s such a use. And you sense that, and you feel it. And that’s a way for them to, you know, get things from it, instead of you’re partners, where you work together. That’s such a problem. You know, there is so much that I read and hear and see, especially coming out from your all’s time now. But there’s no respect and honor for your instruments, for your pen, and where it’s coming from. Don’t think that you can snake through that. I mean, if you found that, good on you, fantastic, that’s great. But the idea that, you know, when you think that there’s something in your life you’re missing, it’s really your relationship with that part of yourself, and you can choose to express that. Or you can choose to just go, “Oh well, that’s fine.” That’s your choice. I can’t do that anymore.

--Tori Amos (Tori’s Course on Creativity) at the University of California at Los Angeles - February 27, 1995

Ok, hey everybody, how’s it going? So um, how great is your town? We um, we took Tash to the zoo yesterday, and it was so, I can’t explain it, but it was just, you know that balmy warm thing you guys have? It’s so great. And it’s um you know I love Florida, I’m into the swamps and all that stuff. But, you know, I like it that um, just here it’s perfect and it doesn’t have that sweaty kind of thing. So it’s kind of good for the romance level. It’s very good, because uh, not to get graphic but when you have a baby you just don’t have time to go shush every ten minutes. And the truth is, in Florida, you know, this is the thing - baby decides.. mm-mm-mm [she goes to sleep].. ok, put her down. Then you go, oh my god, we have fifteen minutes. But then, girls, cause some girls understand. If you’re a cat person you will get this. If you’re a dog person, you won’t. So, girls, you go, oh my god.. Pedicure, badadadada, you know, I have to shush, because you know, dogs, messy breath, … It’s the truth, it’s the weirdest. So, you know, that’s the thing about Florida is that you can’t just go, like maybe yesterday, oh we’ve got fifteen minutes and I’m already shushed. Anyway…

--Tori Amos, in concert
October 2, 2001 - Atlanta, Georgia 

When I sleep I often have nightmares. I can already hear your readers saying, ‘I knew that. The way your songs sound you must really have horrible nightmares.’ Just like the one I’m describing in the song Black-Dove off my last album From the Choirgirl Hotel. I see a black dove. I see its face clearly. The dove is transparent. Like it is made of ice. I can see my hand through it. An auger goes through it and it is bleeding water. To get the same atmosphere musically I had to describe a scene of the movie Fargo to my musicians. A car is coming towards the camera from a long distance, very slowly. You know it will arrive in a moment. But you hope that this will never happen.

--Tori Amos, Die Zeit (German newspaper) - November 11, 1999

The clock is ticking for everyone. It might not feel so if you are 20 years younger, although I know people in their early 20s who feel their life is slipping away. My own mortality is tangible to me. Where I am at 50 is about the quality of my work, being a good listener for Tash and supportive of the people I work with.

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

I’m not quite sure if people come all the way down here convincing themselves that they are so far away from their actual life that whatever they do just doesn’t count because after all it’s happening the day before your actual life is actually happening.

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

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