~ Some Tori Amos Stuff & Other Stuff ~

I think it is scandalous for a woman not to know how to use a needle as it is for a man not to know how to use a sword.
–Lady Montagu, mid-18th Century English aristocrat
In Germany sewing-needles hear and in England they see.
(Because what one calls the "eye," the other calls the "ear")
-Georg Lichtenberg, late-18th-Century physicist, in "The Waste Books," Aphorism E87

Some good UrbanDictionary definitions:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=art+student (all 3 versions)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=art+kid (FIRST ONE only)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=art+school  (Make sure you see the dialogue at the end)

An incidental Google search I did for “1996 billboard dance charts” yielded a very interesting top result.

Here is some very nice Tori-inspired artwork:

Cheerleading squad – nice song choice! (see middle paragraph):

Interviewer: Do you get frustrated with the labels that have attached themselves to you -- like "Queen of the Fairies" or New Age-y? Do you feel they undermine what it is you're trying to say?
Tori: I find it amusing, and my very cynical British husband finds it extremely amusing. He's basically said, "If anybody badmouths a fairy, they'll get their dick cut off in Cornwall." You just don't do that. It's like insulting cab drivers in New York.
-March 30, 2006 interview

Wardrobe inspiration for the Fall-Winter 2007 tour: Bora Aksu’s Fall/Winter 2007 Collection! >

For the whole collection, click the picture or the following URL:

And this is not the first tour that Bora Aksu, the young Turkish-born British designer, has designed Tori's outfits for - In this interview from the April 2005 issue of Elle Magazine UK, she names her favorite designers and style icons:

Great picture, for a number of reasons:

That one, and tons and tons of other candid ADP tour pictures are here (see photo albums!!):

And Regarding Hair: An arrangement of statements on the subject
Know first who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly. -Epictetus
Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.  -Hubert de Givenchy
We are charmed by neatness of person; let not thy hair be out of order. 
Munditiis capimur: non sine lege capillis. -Ovid
The hair is the richest ornament of women.
Das Haar ist die reichste Verzierung der Frauen. -Martin Luther 
If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.
I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair. -both from Hillary Clinton
I spend all my free time coloring my hair. -Linda Evangelista.—Although she has been seen in practically every hair color possible (she had dyed her hair 17 times in four years), her natural hair color (drumroll, please) is brown.
Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter. -Paul Klee
I dyed my hair red today, I just want a little passion. -Tori Amos

And in keeping with that theme:
Color n’ Curl Barbieeeeeee—

External Link (if it doesn't play fast enough):

Two other *classic* commercials:

> Tori Amos & Great-Minded "Think-alikes"<

When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied.
-Pierre Corneille, mid-17th century French playwright
We love our pain. We're selling it. We're packaging it. And if you dare fucking take it away from us, we'll kill you.
-Tori Amos, Rolling Stone Magazine, 1992
A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
-G. I. Gurdjieff, early-mid-20th Century Armenian-Greek mystic
I gotta have my suffering so that I can have my cross
-lyrics from “Crucify”
A woman is as young as her knees.
-Mary Quant, 1960s English fashion designer
Well I'm not seventeen, but I've cuts on my knees
-lyrics from “Girl”
Widow. The word consumes itself.
-Sylvia Plath, mid-20th Century American writer
This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man.
-Edouard Manet about Berthe Morisot—mid-late 19th Century French painters
"[Professional] Widow is my hunger for the energy I felt some of the men in my life possessed: the ability to be king. I wasn't content just being a muse. I was the creative force. I was in relationships with different men where if they could honour that, they couldn't honour the woman, and if they could honour the woman, they couldn't honor the creative force..."
Click the link to see the perhaps untoward consequences of doing remixes (whaaaa??)… Well, whatever works, I suppose >>
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
-Martin Luther, early-16th Century German monk
sometimes i hear my voice
and it's been
HERE silent all these years

-lyrics from “Silent All These Years”
As long as I live I will have control over my being.
-Artemisia Gentileschi, early 17th Century Italian painter
I’m not interested in anybody on this planet who wants to scare me into thinking that my soul is in jeopardy. It has absolutely no effect on me. I have no fears about where I’m gonna come up with a new way to control you, physically, emotionally.
Tori, Spin magazine, “Sex, God, and Rock ‘N’ Roll,“ October 1994
When I started watching my behaviour and seeing how I would control people, and how they would control me, it was awareness. I want awareness more than anything, and part of awareness is being able to honor the part of you that’s Lady Macbeth.
-Tori, Us magazine, The Record (NJ), September 1, 1996
So, it bears repeating:
As long as I live I will have control over my being.
Is it not dangerous to have students study together for years, copying the same models and approximately the same path?
-Theodore Gericault, early-19th Century French painter
“When I was 11, I was like, “You’re wrong.” And I still fight for musical decisions like nobody you’ve every seen fight. And musically, you can be very broken in certain conservatories and schools and not know your own mind, not develop your own opinions, and, you can never be a force if you don’t do that. You can be technically proficient but so what? You want to go with me tomorrow, we’ll walk down the halls of a conservatory and you’ll see loads of the technically proficient - and they’re all playing the same damn thing. They’ve got that Opus XII up and they’ve got it down, but who’s writing Opus XII, know what I mean?”
-Tori, Spin Magazine, October 1994
My illustrious lordship, I'll show you what a woman can do.
-Artemisia Gentileschi, early 17th Century Italian painter
There be things that my posse can do
Oh boy, yeah

-lyrics from “My Posse Can Do”
Sounds like Tori…? >
I would ask him to give me his definition of drawing. "You don't know a thing about it," he would always end up saying. And without fail he would go on to this apologue: that the Muses do their work on their own, each apart from the others, and that they never talk shop. The day's work over, there are no discussions, no comparisons of their respective labors. "They just dance," he would shout.
-Paul Valéry, early-mid 20th Century French poet, in "About Corot" (Autour de Corot), 1932
Competitions are for horses, not artists.
-Béla Bartók, early-20th Century Hungarian composer
Being trained the way I was trained, I don't think about it, it's just the way I hear things. Because Bartok was such a hero of mine, I think differently.
-Tori, Piano & Keyboard, May/June 1993
There's a misconception that women support other women. Polly Harvey and I have talked alot about that - she's very supportive of me and I'm supportive of her and it's not competitive. It isn't always like that.
-Tori, Q (UK magazine), March 1996
You must do over the same subject ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must appear accidental, even a movement.
-Edgar Degas, turn-of-the-20th-century French painter
What’s spontaneity? There isn’t any spontaneity. I’m just speaking for me right now. On stage, when I play, that’s my moment of freedom, but 19 hours a day are packed with what’s got to happen to get to the next show.
-Tori, Q Magazine, May 1994
The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything—gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness—rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations.... To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.
-Antonin Artaud, early-mid 20th Century French writer, director, and actor, in “Preface: The Theater and Culture”

From Rolling Stone Magazine, about Tori:
If there's one well-known mythical name you would expect Amos to drop, it's Lilith, the figure of ancient Jewish lore, adopted by the defining event of the femme-rock era. Surely the uncompetitive and surprising well-adjusted Amos must find her spiritual home in the pagan bosom of the festival for which she is unofficial den mother. Then again, maybe Amos is not quite that well-adjusted. "Well, I would have a good bottle of wine with Sarah [McLachlan, Lilith Fair's founder] any night of the week," she allows. "But my shows are theater, and I've worked a long time to get them to this point. This isn't just about eating some chicken and hearing a few of your favorite female singers. You walk into my show, you walk into a world - it's a film every night. I can't impose that on Lilith and vice versa.
"Plus, I'm not into the all-male, all-female thing," says Amos with growing agitation. "Where's Dionysus? Where's Hades? You can't cut out the testosterone. And we need some pansy-ass people, too, like little camp Hermes. Even though I'm sure some of those women have more testosterone than Hermes," she adds with a slightly unsisterly roll of the eyes.
-Tori, Rolling Stone Magazine, June 25, 1998
Written in a 1992 interview:
Tori puts her hand on my arm and looks very poignantly at me. Quickly I ask her if she reads a lot.
"Enormously a lot. And of course that has influenced me. ... Talking about influences: D.H. Lawrence has been a tremendous influence. ... By not reading the great writers you cut yourself [off] from a lot of visionary ideas."
-Oor ("Ear"), Dutch music magazine, March 7, 1992
I like to write when I feel spiteful; it’s like having a good sneeze.
-D.H. Lawrence, letter from 1913, as quoted in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
"He was a lite sneeze, and not the flu. Guys would like to think they're the flu, but sometimes they're just a 'h'achoo'"


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