when i look In the mirror I hope to see parts of my mother because she was my best friend. I was lucky to have the mother I had. People have told me that when your mother dies, you either mourn the mother you had or you mourn the mother you wished for. I found that very profound.
I was homecoming queen but only because there were a lot of nerds in my year. They became Silicon Valley guys. I was her boyfriend, so I think I might have gotten her vote. I certainly didn’t get the jock vote. But I have the nerds.
It’s tough being the wife of an Arsenal fan. can i be honest I prefer women’s soccer. The boys are fine – I don’t want to rain their parade. But when they fall, we all know it’s theatre. The ladies come out with bloody noses; it’s gladiator. I really enjoy women’s football.
My father was in the ministry. As soon as my mother heard he was going to work, she took off her minister’s apron and put on the records by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole that she had kept from working in a record store. She was the most wonderful DJ and danced around. As a young girl, she made me learn songs.
My brother come home from school and let me learn his Beatles and Doors records on the piano. My father came back from church, sat with his dog collar on, and I played him what the people at church called “devil music” – but in a classical musical style. My father thought I was practicing for church.
I do not know why I label my songs as girls. I don’t know if it’s maternal. They are not childish at all. They are energy forces, like the ancient feminine energy…
I find my energy from all sorts of things. Definitely from Earth, but also from the galaxy. There are forces out there that I don’t understand. When I look at the stars and think of all the millions of suns and all the light and energy, I’m like, “Wow, that’s kind of electric.”
I can’t imagine We are the only intelligent life. I think they avoid us. If you are wise, I don’t think you want to get involved now.
It’s a fascinating study to crawl into someone else’s song structure and learn how they solved certain musical problems in a non-clichéd way. What’s difficult is learning how to groove. You have to play from the Kundalini. People say, “Why is she wobbling around on that piano stool?” If you don’t move your hips, you haven’t caught the groove
The Americans are calling me “Exile in Cornwall” – as in Exile on Main Street. I’m trying to explain that Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s just a little remote. Our post code is Devon but Devon is 30 minutes away. If you ask the local farmer she will tell you we are not Devonian. She tests us: what comes first, jam or cream? If you don’t say jam, she can pull out her shotgun.
I think you British are really good at moaning when things aren’t that bad. If you’re having a nice day and it’s 90 degrees, someone will say [does British accent]: “It cooks!” I giggle to myself and think, “You don’t want to be in Arizona in the summer, my friend.”
Tori Amos’ LP Ocean to Ocean is out now