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February 14, 2005
Q & A
By Rebecca Winters
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos releases a new album, The Beekeeper, and a memoir, Piece by Piece, this month.
Q: Has motherhood changed your music?
A: It's changed everything. My 4-year-old daughter says things to me that we as adults would think, "Ooh, it's not a good time to tell someone that." Sometimes she'll say, "You look horrible." Before you go out and do a photo shoot, that's not necessarily what you want to hear.
Q: What are you shy about?
A: Giving specifics about my songs. My husband doesn't know what my songs are about--even when they're about him. He's very British in that way. He doesn't ask, and he doesn't want to be told.
Q: You covered a bunch of male artists' songs from a female perspective. Did you ever hear from any of them?
A: Slayer sent T-shirts to the crew. They said something completely and totally tasteless, and that's why we love them.
Q: Did Eminem mind your singing as if you were his murdered wife?
A: I don't talk about that. We have the same lawyer.
Q: Does aging in the music industry scare you?
A: In my 30s it did. If you can hang around till you're 41 and not frighten people when you walk in the room, you're O.K.
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