Today I present you with one of my all-time favourite musicians, the glorious Tori Amos.
Her solo debut came in 1992 with Little Earthquakes – one of the best albums ever released (biased? Me? No!), and since then, Tori has released eleven more wonderful collections of musical diamonds. Her latest album, Night of Hunters, came out about a month ago.
Tori started playing the piano at the age of two, and at six she became the youngest student ever to be accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. However, at eleven, she was dismissed from the academy, partly due to her interest in pop and rock music, her own compositions which were not always greeted favourably by the academy, and her refusal to read sheet music. Still, it seems obvious now that she should never be forced to play anything other than her own amazing music and that classical training may not have been perfect for such an individualist.
Here’s a small selection of those beautiful pieces:
Spark (From the Choirgirl Hotel, 1998):
Winter (Little Earthquakes, 1992):
Hey Jupiter (Boys for Pele, 1996)
Cornflake Girl (Under the Pink, 1994)
A Sorta Fairytale (Scarlet’s Walk, 2002)