Dutch TV magazine
January 1-7, 2000
Back up interview
Tori Amos Point blank
Musician Tori Amos wants to be unique. She is a clergymanís daughter from North Carolina and started her career as a head-banging bimbo in a hard rock band. She seemed to have more talent for playing the piano. Tori gives her fans a new glance at her soul on her new album to venus and back.
Q: Your music is very personal, almost like reading someoneís dairy. Donít you think itís scary to be so open?
Tori: I donít really give all my secrets, itís not scary. My music is just a part of my life. There are only a few people who really, really know me. The friendship with them is almost holy. To be there when the other needs you, thatís what it is about.
Q: Are you better friends with girls or boys?
Tori: Thatís hard to say. In my work I mix with guys. I get along with guys very well. But that doesnít mean I canít get along with women. I mean there are some things (like miscarriage and menstruation) that you can talk about better with women. WOmen understand this without explaining it. Thatís something universal that connects us.
Q: So women are always kind and friendly amongst each other?
Tori: Oh no not at all. It seems like only men rule the place, but we women have, just like men, a dark side. When a man starts crying, he leaves as fast as he can. When a woman cries, she is acting like a poor little creature to keep her man with her. Just read the bible or Greek tragedies and youíll see how woman manipulate their environment. Emotional blackmail. But we will admit that, will we?
Q: Do you feel happy in a womanís body?
Tori: Oh yes, absolutely. You know, Iím not really impressed by the whole girl-power thing. I was into that when I was five! But then I didnít know the woman-wisdom I know now. Itís so strange when I look at all those young girls who come to my shows. Itís really impossible they really understand the things that I sing about. I mean, they look like women, but they are not yet women. How many life experience can you have when youíre fourteen? I wonder sometimes that itís because of all the hormones in food, that they are so eh, developed at such an early age. On that age, that didnít happened to me.
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