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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

A book that changed me… Rimbaud, Collected Poems. Discovering it in my early twenties, it blew my mind – the beauty, the pain.

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

So all the gear was packed to leave Ireland, the record was supposedly finished. And um, the guys were getting ready to go down to a place called The White Lady, which is where a lot of… [speaks in a funny voice] decadence happens. And um, these cute little Irish girls show up. And my crew drools. And so they were off to find a shag and a Guinness. And they actually deserved it because I had them up at 7 in the morning sometimes, “Will you tune my piano.” It’s just like, nag, nag, nag, and I’m sorry. But um, I kind of ruined their evening. Cause girls, you know when you’re not quite finished you’re just not quite finished.

--Tori Amos, in concert
June 8, 1996 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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 

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