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New York Post (US)
August 10, 2014
Tori Amos' daughter inspired her to rock again
By Hardeep Phull
In August of 2013, Tori Amos turned 50 years old. It's a milestone that most people are naturally apprehensive about, but for a woman working in the music world, it can be especially daunting. "This is not a business that embraces people aging very well," the singer tells The Post.
But Amos' 13-year-old daughter, Natashya, gave her mother the pep talk she needed. "I kept saying that I was getting old, but Tash said I had to deal with it. She said, 'If you don't, then what message are you giving me? That 50 is over? You have to get out there and rock!'"
The result was the album "Unrepentant Geraldines," which came out in May, tracks from which she'll play at the Beacon Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday. The album comprises mostly baroque, piano-led songs that recall her celebrated first album, "Little Earthquakes" (1992). Fans and critics alike are declaring it her best record in years.
Not only was this mother-daughter chat crucial in pushing Amos back into the public eye, her relationship with Tash is also prominent in the album itself, thanks to the tender duet "Promise." "The song came about when I promised Tash I would stop saying I was getting old," laughs Amos, who, along with her sound-engineer husband, Mark Hawley, raises her daughter in Cornwall, a rural area of England. The Baltimore-raised singer moved there in 1997, but still keeps a home in Florida.
Although Natashya goes to boarding school in London, she is joining her mom on tour -- as a merchandise girl selling T-shirts. "People come up to her and take pictures with her. Tash has grown up on the road, it's all she's ever known."
Natashya hasn't joined her mother on stage just yet, but a future in the performing arts is already a possibility.
"Tash sings and plays her guitars and is very drawn to stories and narratives," says Amos. "If she would spend as much time on math as she does with her stories, she'd be acing her exams!"
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