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Seventeen (US)
March 1996

SCENE: A few of Tori's favorite things

by Amy Talkington

Full name: Myra Ellen Amos, aka Tori Amos
Place of Birth: North Carolina
Sign: Leo
New album: Boys For Pele (Atlantic)


"In another league on another level." I say it all the time. It means I'm really ecstatic about something. If I say that about a restaurant, then I'll definitely be back.

Academic Subject

History. It helps you understand why people react to things the way they do.

Historical figure

Anne Boleyn, the second wife if Henry VIII. She gave him one daughter but wasn't giving him any sons, so he chose to get rid of her [she was beheaded]. I make reference to her on my new song Talula.


I always liked the story of Hansel and Gretel because I felt like I had a bit of a wicked grandmother. I thought it was good of someone to really tell it like it could be!


My grandfather on the other side of the family. He was part Cherokee, and he saw spirit in all things.


I believe in eating. I think women especially have this fear of eating, and I think there is a whole euphoric plane you can rise to when you have a good meal. You sit down and with every bite you honestly just say thank you.


Barbara Stanwyck [best known for the 1944 movie Double Indemnity]. She didn't use the same tricks that a lot of other female characters used, like hooking men with sensuality, but neither was she afraid to be sensual.

Time of day

Six o'clock in the morning. It's the passing of the baton from night to day. I wake up to see it, but then I go back to sleep.


Rome. The Italians don't respond to life with logic, but with passion and emotion. I play a lot in Italy, and out of all the countries they probably best understand my songs. They may not understand the words, but they understand what I'm saying emotionall.y


Alice Walker. When I read her books, I can almost smell the blades of grass. I really feel like I'm there.

Way to find a good book

I walk into a bookstore, pick up a book and read the first page. If I'm drawn to it - if I want to turn the page - then I buy it.


The Beatles' White Album. It's in another league on another level!

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