Instructions for Dancing

Saturday August 15, 2009

doesn’t make you jesus

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 12:29 am

As I was baking a cheesecake this afternoon*, a song I hadn’t heard in absolutely ages came over my speakers. It reminded me of Tori Amos’ continued existence, anyway, and this has been doing really good things for me. I never saw myself as the kind of person to seek or find inspiration in people I’ve never met, finding it hard enough to relate to the ones I have, but I realised today that I do sometimes rely on her, Regina Spektor or Ani DiFranco when I’m in a low place. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re ballsy females or whether it’s just that they’re, for me, the most meaningful solo songwriters I’ve ever come across.

Tori Amos in particular has such a way with words. The first song of hers I ever heard (and in fact I hunted it down on reading some of its lyrics) was Winter, and somehow Silent All These Years followed soon either. She writes with a lovely ambiguity that means when I listen to them now, perhaps five years since I first got drawn in, I’m drawn in again by something completely different. The whole of that album, actually, Little Earthquakes, is an absolute masterpiece and doesn’t have a dull song on it. China‘s lyrics are amazing too.

And oh, she’s touring. Birmingham Symphony Hall, 7th September. I have a nasty feeling that nobody I know except Stu has any interest, so in the next few days I’ll probably accept the inevitable and book a ticket to go on my sad ol’ lonesome. If I’m happily mistaken and anyone’s interested, let me know. <3

*I don’t do this regularly. I kindof wish I did. They’re tasty.


1 Comment »

  1. You made cheesecake and didn’t bring any? Shaaaaame. Next time, perhaps?

    Comment by rootpot — Sunday August 16, 2009 @ 12:01 am |Reply

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