Why I love Tori Amos

Hey! How’s it going?

One thing you might know about me is that Tori Amos is one of my biggest musical influences. She’s also one of my favourite artists. She has a playful approach to songwriting, describing her songs as her “girls”. She thinks of them as each having their own character and story. 

Laura is sitting in a darkened room, with a light shining down on her. She is wearing a fuzzy pale pink jumper, and black-rimmed glasses. She is reading a hardback edition of Tori Amos' book 'Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change and Courage'.

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change and Courage
Lately, I’ve been discovering more about Tori’s life and career. Her latest book is called ‘Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change and Courage’. In it, Tori shares tales of power struggles in the music industry, and her experiences as a woman and artist. She also talks about the challenges of writing meaningful songs during life-changing world events. 

In between, Tori writes about deeply personal experiences of love and grief in her family, and how they inspired her. These stories gave me new insight into Tori as a person and artist. It’s a lovely touch too, that the print version includes photos from her career over the years and lyrics of her songs. The audiobook is read by Tori herself, so I’d like to give that a listen!

Signing off the final chapter, Tori says, “Hopefully this book will be a companion and a source of support to artists and those who adore them. My intention has been to be honest about the journey of the artist. An artist’s journey is not for the faint of heart.”

There’s an interview with Tori (free to read if you register) in the Independent. She’s based in Cornwall, UK, having moved here from the USA in the late ’90’s.

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Thank you, as always, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

– Laura

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