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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What comes first, the music or the lyrics?

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I posted on Tiktok to answer the question: what comes first, the music or the lyrics? And a friend messaged me, curious about when I started writing songs and who discovered I could sing.

Here’s what I told her.

A teenage Laura is playing onstage in a festival tent. She has her eyes closed and is sitting down, playing acoustic guitar while singing. She is wearing a festival pass around her neck.


How old were you when you started writing songs?
I was about nine. I wrote poems to start with, and even made my own little booklets of them. As I loved singing too, it wasn’t a huge leap to move from writing poems to writing lyrics. I’ve always loved playing around with words, the challenges of making them flow and rhyme. At that age, I didn’t have much life experience, so I mainly wrote about themes I heard on the radio. Things like lost love and strong friendships. 

What came first, learning to play an instrument or discovering you could sing?
The singing, definitely. I sang all the time as a child, whether it was singing along to music or making up my own acapella songs. I’d sing everywhere. At home, at school, out and about. The main motivation I had for learning to play guitar was to back up my vocals.

Who encouraged or discovered your talent?
My music teacher at school really encouraged me to pursue singing. It might be hard to believe, but I was quite shy when I was young. I joined the school choir initially, and then took singing lessons and began performing solo. Singing alone was terrifying at first. I grew in confidence though, and would stay after school to practice on stage in the empty hall with friends. 

While my parents aren’t musical themselves, they have always been big music fans. They’d always ensure I could attend my lessons and would come to watch my public performances.

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

– Laura

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