Tori Amos has been around for many years.
My daughter Tagen listened to her as a teenager,
and played her music on our baby grand piano.
I am a fan of her 'lighter' music,
as at times she tends to go pretty dark.
The dark music is unsettled.
Tori has a new album
It is the album that mostly reflects
her classical training as a pianist.
Part of what makes Amos such a distinctive songwriter is her grounding in classical music. At 6, she began training at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the youngest student to ever be admitted to her program. Even when pushing herself toward new combinations of rock, folk, cabaret and Top 40 pop, Amos held the classical repertoire in her subconscious. Its memory surfaces in all of her music.
That's why Night of Hunters is not a surprising effort from Amos. In fact, the cliché fits: This is the album she was destined, by early apprenticeship and spiritual affinity, to record.
Night of the Hunters album
I suggest listening to:
(her 11 year old daughter sings with her)
(a lovely instrumental for piano and clarinet)
NPR link to this album.
You can hear the whole album,
or individual songs.
You can hear her 11 year old daughter in this one from her current album
This is a deep and lovely song
Her interpretation of one of my favorite
Joni Mitchel songs.
This is not on her current album,
just an oldie but goodie.
Here's to a lovely
Love ya love ya love ya!