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helped needed? [Jan. 8th, 2009|10:36 am]
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Hello! My name is Anna Mulch and I am part of the Feminist Activist
Coalition at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield Illinois.
The Feminist Activist Coalition is made up of energetic women and men
who support equality between the sexes and are interested in working
on grassroots school and community projects and productions that raise
awareness and help promote equality and equal opportunity for all. The
group has a specific interest in eradicating violence against women,
and, therefore, organizes service work and fundraising opportunities
for members with organizations that focus on education, training, and
awareness of such issues.
One of the ways that we as a group are raising awareness is through
the performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues". This year is
the eleven year anniversary of the one woman play, and it symbolizes over a
decade's worth of contributions and changes that have occurred
worldwide. One of the ways that Lincoln Land commemorates V-day, is to
perform the play on campus. All the money raised goes to local women's
charities and shelters as well as the V-Day organization, created by Eve
Ensler. In addition to the cost of admission, we also
hold a silent art auction that has proven to be one of the highlights
of the event. Not only are some desperately needed funds raised, the
winner gets to take home a wonderful piece of art.
As an artist, I know how hard it can be to part with a current
project. I also know that as an artist, I like to help out when and
where I can. I would ask that you contribute to this wonderful cause
by donating a small piece of art or jewelry that we may auction off.
The funds raised will go to The Sojourn Shelter which provides
emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Our Advisor is Deborah Brothers, who can be contacted at 786-4966 or
my contact is amulch@llcc.edu or delirium74@gmail.com.
Thank you for your support and your donation to this
wonderful event. The performaces will be held February 13, 14
and 15, 2009.
Anna Mulch
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100% Excitement!!! [Mar. 7th, 2007|11:54 pm]
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[Current Location |israel]
[mood |hyperhyper]

I just bought tickets to Tori Amos at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in July!!!!

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Boys for Pele [Sep. 20th, 2006|08:31 am]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn, New York]
[mood |energeticeager to write]

What the hell. Tuesday's musings about Under the Pink got me thinking about all things Tori. Even though I haven't physically put on one of her CDs in years, it's comforting knowing that they're up there, boxed away in the attic, awaiting that day when I cannot go another minute without hearing a musical version of an Alice Walker book or a song about having tea with the devil. Which brings us to Boys for Pele, about which I wrote in 1996:

Because she rides her harpsichord as if it were an unbroken stallion. Because she continues to cultivate her gift for conjuring up musical mood and narrative that hang together and mean something while logically making little or no sense whatsoever. And because the photo in the CD booklet of her suckling a piglet transcends mere questions about bad taste and raises loftier ones about who knows what. 

Her third album proves F. Scott Fitzgerald right when he observed: “To most women art is a form of scandal.” 

Further cultivating her public image as freak extraordinaire, she employs lyrics as disturbing as “Sometimes you’re nothing but meat” and “I shaved every place where you been." She seems incapable of not putting her credibility -- first as an artist, then as a woman -- on the line. She again scores admirably on both counts. 

(Seek out the "Hey Jupiter" CD single for the "Dakota Version" of the song. Industrializing -- as much as a piano number can be industrialized -- and improving on the Boys for Pele take by adding some nifty background noise that might be a sump pump or a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, it now sounds like something out of a David Lynch film. Included among the four live cuts is a delicate rendition of the tune Amos was born to sing and which presaged her very existence, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”)

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Under the Pink [Sep. 18th, 2006|10:13 am]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn, New York]
[mood |workingaccomplished]
[music |NPR's Morning Edition]

Listening to a recent interview with Tori Amos on Studio 360, I was reminded of (a) what a good interview she makes, (b) this 1994 album, and (c) how many of her songs pose musical questions:

Why do we crucify ourselves?

Don't you want more than my sex?

God, sometimes You just don't come through
Do You need a woman to look after You?

For Amos, who was 31 years old when Under the Pink was released, the creative process represented as much an act of confession as it did an act of discovery. "Without the songs I wouldn't know that I feel what I feel," she told me in a telephone interview. "Let me tell you," she confided in a wispy voice, "sometimes I can go, 'I hate that motherfucker,' and I'll rip up his picture. Right? Then I'll start writing this song, this most beautiful--" Catching herself, she laughed and said to herself, "Oh god, you're just a sap."

And a successful one, at that. Her 1992 debut solo album for Atlantic Records, Little Earthquakes, revealed a bent for idiosyncratic lyrics, loopy melodies, and neoclassical keyboard work. It went gold in the US and sold more than a million copies worldwide. The follow-up album, Under the Pink, made its maiden landing at number twelve on the Billboard charts.

Born Myra Ellen Amos in North Carolina, her life from that point onward was atypical at best. A child prodigy who won a piano scholarship to Baltimore's prestigious Peabody Conservatory when she was five, she grew up listening to the music of Nat King Cole and Fats Waller and Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. She was expelled when she was eleven. Her father, a strict Methodist preacher who believed you either support or lose your child, didn't stand in her way when, at the age of thirteen, she hit the piano bar circuit. At the Marriott, they made her play "Send in the Clowns" seven times a night. At Mr. Henry's, a popular gay bar in Washington, DC, the waiters used a cucumber to teach her how to give head.

All these daffily disparate ingredients -- combined with the sad truth that somewhere along the way she was raped and lived to sing about it on her own fruitcaky terms without reducing herself to martyrdom ("Yes, I wore a slinky red thing/Does that mean I should spread/for you, your friends, your father, Mr. Ed?") -- converge to create songs that are not about blame, but about taking responsibility.

Amos refused to take responsibility, however, for Womanhood or the feminist movement at large, an agenda that many critics (music and social) famously tried to foist upon her.

"I guess I'm kind of boring because I just go about my biz trying to work on myself. When I'm working and listening to my real feelings about things, and trusting them, then I just have to allow that to be enough. Whether I say something that offends somebody or gives somebody a giggle--" She paused. "You have to let go of the responsibility of people's responses. Sometimes I'll say things that I might not have said if I would have had more sleep. But, at the same time, that's real, too."

Between her first two solo albums, she released a hushed and breathtaking cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." When I asked if she felt any sort of psychic connection with Kurt Cobain (who had just committed suicide a few months earlier), she replied, "Totally." In the silence that followed, she whispered the word twice more.

“I think it could’ve gone either way for a while,” she commented on another singer/songwriter’s theory that, if left alone to deal with his demons away from the limelight, Cobain might still be alive. “If he would’ve been on medication for the depression. Put all the emotional stuff aside -- it’s hard enough waking up every morning -- it’s just that you’re a depressive and you have a chemical imbalance.”

Aware of life’s little imbalances, Amos found it difficult to take her fame too seriously. She knew from experience that there were worse alternatives. “Like, we have no idea what it’s like to live in Belfast with those people killing each other,” she said. When she had toured there recently, she'd done so with the reality of bomb scares and a guard at her dressing room door. Because of her name, in the demented minds of some of the more radical Irish there existed a connection between her and the Tories and their principles. “And my whole religious position," she said wearily, "blah, blah, blah. In Ireland, I always get a bit of a stink because I tell them that the Virgin Mary swallowed, and they don't like that shit."

She stopped reading reviews of her work. "It didn't make me feel good. You read the great ones, you've got to read the shitty ones. If you're going to walk into the 'opinion world,' then you have to listen to them from all sides. And I'm just not in the mood. I know when I suck and I know when I'm great. Grade me that all the elements came together, and it didn't overcook and it didn't undercook. You know, I got the baby out of the oven just in time."

Speaking of bad reviews, I mentioned the heavy-metal band that Amos fronted when she came to Hollywood in the late Eighties, called Y Kant Tori Read? While she could no longer worm her way into the plastic snakeskin pants that, along with thigh-high boots and big hair, that had contributed to her mode of dress at the time -- and contrary to most of what had been written about this period in her career (most likely because it wasn't something her more ardent feminist fans wanted to hear) -- she giggled and admitted, "Hey, I enjoyed some of it. I had great hair spray. Looking back, I was coming out of my skin as a person." Before the band, "I was so miserable. My jaw was in a constant clinch mode."

It was also a learning experience. "I have no illusions about this business. Not one. That's why I think I'm doing so well. When I say 'doing well,' I mean I don't cancel shows, I'm not jumping out of windows. That doesn't mean that it doesn't sometimes wear on me and I want to crawl into the corner with a friend."

Though she had no trouble getting down to brass tacks when it came to the business side of her music, the act of songwriting remained something of a magical mystery to her. Despite her professionalism, it wasn't something she could force to happen. "If the songs don't show up knocking on my door, bringing a bottle of chardonnay or a box of shoes, I can't even think about it. It's like they already exist, and I get a whiff of their perfume and I get inside of their essence and what they're trying to tell me. They show up, showing me who they are, and then I'm trying to translate their feelings. Sometimes I don't do a very good job, and they come back and harass me until I do."
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Tori song on new Neil Gaiman CD [Jul. 12th, 2006|05:36 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |Ego Likeness - The Order of The Reptile]

There are exclusive tracks Tori Amos, Thea Gilmore, Rasputina and others on Where’s Neil When You Need Him?, the new CD from Neil Gaiman. IsoTank Music is now shipping Where’s Neil When You Need Him? (its official release date is July 18th). The album will also be available from Tori's Online Shop as well as your favorite independent or chain retailer.

In addition to the lavish 20 page booklet with extensive liner notes by Neil Gaiman and exclusive all-new artwork from Dave McKean, there’s some fantastic music on the CD. All seventeen tracks are exclusive to this CD and are inspired by Neil's stories and characters. (And no, Neil doesn't sing on the CD) Track listing behind the LJ CUTCollapse )
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(no subject) [Jan. 29th, 2006|09:54 pm]
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As you must know, if you're a Tori fan, Rhino/WEA will release Fade To Red, The Complete DVD Video Collection on Valentine's Day,

but a week before that, on the 7, they will release both Sugarcubes DVDs (as in: former Björk's band, being this a Björk/Tori community [;)]), The DVD Video Collection and the Live Zabor docu-gig!

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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2006|10:05 pm]
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cross posted
Rhino Records Tori Amos DVD Contest!

2 winners will get a copy of the Tori Amos - Fade To Red DVD

Tori Amos-The Video Collection: Fade To Red is a look at the unique and compelling videos that illustrate Tori Amos’ musical vision. The DVD set features such hits as “Silent All These Years,” “Crucify,” “Cornflake Girl,” and “A Sorta Fairytale” which co-stars OscarÒ winner Adrien Brody. Fade To Red also includes videos from her most recent CD release, The Beekeeper. Tori is one of the few artists who use the video format to truly capture the essence of her music through striking images and cinematography which makes this collection a must have for any devotee or casual fan. The DVD features digitally re-mastered 5.1 audio. Also included is a comprehensive audio commentary by Tori herself on each video.

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Björk on icelandic TV (jan 6, 2006) [Jan. 8th, 2006|12:03 pm]
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here is a link i found of a video showing Björk and (my
all-time-favourite) actress Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir on Icelandic
TV...loved it...

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VH1 Classic = officially amazing [Dec. 13th, 2005|08:08 am]
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[mood |amusedamused]

So, watching VH1 Classic last night I happened to see this crazy 80s video- not out of the norm for that channel. But suddenly I realized that the 80s girl with crazy hair was TORI AMOS! Yup, it was none other than Y Kant Tori Read- the song, "Big Picture".

My life is now complete.
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Hi! [Nov. 2nd, 2005|09:21 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Madonna]

I'm a huge Tori Amos fan. Bjork not so much, although I thought she was great in "Dancer in the Dark". That movie stuck with me for days. Plus, I love her "brave" sense of fashion. I don't know if this is allowed or not, but I'm trying to promote my little online store, www.fairyboutique.com Faeries were listed as a community interest, so there you go.
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