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The Indepedent (UK)
Saturday, April 21, 2007

The 5-Minute Interview: Tori Amos, Singer/songwriter

"I'm bad at being domestic, but good at cursing"

The singer/songwriter Tori Amos, 42, is one of the co-founders of RAINN, a charity which supports victims of sexual assault. Her ninth album, American Doll Posse, is out on 1 May.

If I weren't talking to you right now, I'd be...

"In the mixing room, driving the engineers mad."

A common misperception about me is...

"That I'm sad."

I wish that people would take more notice of...

"What they're eating."

I'm not a politician but...

"If I were, I'd change computerised voting in America right now. I did it in Florida last time, and I just thought afterwards, how do I know who I voted for will be counted? There's no proof, especially when the company supplying the machines is a big supporter of the Republican candidate."

My ideal night out is...

"A night in with the husband cooking, delicious wine and a good movie."

In moments of weakness I...

"Cuss like only a minister's daughter knows how!"

I'm good at...

"Well, cursing."

But I'm very bad at...

"Anything domestic. Anything a wife should do, I'm terrible at. Anything a mistress should do, I'll try."

You know me as a musician, but in a truer life I'd have been...

"I think I'm unemployable!"

The best age to be is...

"Forty-two. As men get older, they're treated as fine wine. Well, I want to be fine wine too! Bordeaux, preferably."

In a nutshell, my philosophy is...

"Sometimes you cannot just look at someone's potential; you have to look at where they're choosing to be in this hour."

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