Tori Amos 
Question: Out of all your records, what is your favorite one to make?
ToriALive: That's sort of like asking what baby
ToriALive: you liked making best.
ToriALive: I have 5 babies, and if I say
ToriALive: one, then the other record kids
ToriALive: are gonna get jealous.
ToriALive: Possibly strangling me during the night.
Question: Are you planing on touring soon?
ToriALive: Definetly not.
ToriALive: I'm eating licorice right now,
ToriALive: drinking green tea out of a Japanese cup
ToriALive: sitting outside. I miss this part of touring.
ToriALive: We would be taking the stage right now.
ToriALive: I miss that relationship with the people
ToriALive: that came to see and hear the music.
ToriALive: But other than that, I'm
ToriALive: feeling like I need to create at the
ToriALive: piano.
ToriALive: Touring is very external, recording and writing
ToriALive: is internal and I have to keep going
ToriALive: back and forth between both
ToriALive: to keep the scales of Libra in some
ToriALive: sort of balance for myself.
ToriALive: It's really important I think that
ToriALive: you have a balance of both
ToriALive: because they feed each other.
ToriALive: The energy that I get playing live
ToriALive: propels me into a deep well, inside somewhere
ToriALive: that I probably couldn't get to with out the shows.
Question: how many years have you been playing?
ToriALive: Since I was 2 1/2.
ToriALive: Long to get gigbutt.
Question: Do the fans of yours get annoying?
ToriALive: I guess anyone can be annoying.
ToriALive: I know that I annoy people sometimes,
ToriALive: particularly my friend Beenie.
ToriALive: When I won't let her eat sugar.
ToriALive: Once in a while, of course there's gonna
ToriALive: be someone that pushes something too far.
ToriALive: But....I can also find that at a family Christmas dinner.
ToriALive: So, a sense of humor is really important.
ToriALive: You can't take things too personally.
ToriALive: I don't think people really mean to be a pain.
ToriALive: I know I don't mean to be one when I'm being one.
PeopMagMC1: One other person online put the question this way:
PeopMagMC1: What part of being famous sucks the most?
ToriALive: When you walk into a drug store for example,
ToriALive: and you just need to get some girl stuff,
ToriALive: and you're sitting there with a kinda cute
ToriALive: cashier boy person,
ToriALive: having you do an autograph over your
ToriALive: sanitary napkins for his girlfriend.
ToriALive: You just don't wanna get that close.
Question: Who are your influences?
ToriALive: That's so boring.
ToriALive: Also....what I ate that day.
PeopMagMC1: Let's try another one then...
Question: Where is one place in the world that you would like to visit before you
Question: die?
ToriALive: <thinking>
ToriALive: Thailand is calling me.
ToriALive: I had a long lay over in the Bangkok airport
ToriALive: and I was drawn to get out of the city
ToriALive: and get deeper into the country.
ToriALive: I'm actually going there before I make the next work.
ToriALive: I get tired of having to
ToriALive: remind myself that this is a funny
ToriALive: time in the industry. This is a time
ToriALive: where a lot of people that make music
ToriALive: don't really sing right or play anything musical. <giggle>
ToriALive: So, you have to remind yourself
ToriALive: who are you serving, are you serving the muse
ToriALive: or the collective.
ToriALive: I mean that as the collective consciousness.
ToriALive: When you serve the collective,
ToriALive: you start walking into fast food territory.
ToriALive: I have moments of fast food cravings
ToriALive: so obviously yes, there is a place for that.
ToriALive: But artists have to be clear
ToriALive: on are you making something
ToriALive: for the quick hit, the quick reaction,
ToriALive: or are you trying to create something that
ToriALive: burns in your soul.
ToriALive: whatever rejections you get from the collective
ToriALive: or the industry. Everyone else is standing
ToriALive: around you with a raincoat on.
ToriALive: So, I get tired when I get negative
ToriALive: and what I need to do is see the
ToriALive: diversity and then gain strength again.
Question: What makes you happy?
ToriALive: Tricky question.
ToriALive: But, I think investigating my little lies.
Question: What were you like in high school?
ToriALive: No boundaries.
PeopMagMC1: mine
ToriALive: I couldn't say no if a mosquito wanted
ToriALive: to nest in my bushes.
Question: Is is hard to write songs all of the time?
ToriALive: I don't write songs all the time.
ToriALive: There are dry spells as a writer for me anyway.
ToriALive: When it isn't kinda creative time,
ToriALive: you have to almost, if you can imagine,
ToriALive: you're a huntress, but you can't chase the songs down.
ToriALive: Right now I'm hangning with some girlfriends
ToriALive: on the water and it's warm.
ToriALive: I guess you could say I'm writing all the time.
ToriALive: It's not like you seperate writing time from
ToriALive: other times, your writing is your life.
ToriALive: Even when Beenie's telling a dirty joke,
ToriALive: on some level your pores are drinking that in.
ToriALive: The way she told it, the honey suckle is winding aroun
ToriALive: d and you can almost touch it with your tongue.
ToriALive: It's almost like breathing when the songs come.
ToriALive: You can't control when they decide to come out.
Question: You say that you find a girlfriend on what you have in common with them,
Question: how do you meet strangers that are out of the celebrity cliche?
ToriALive: I don't hang out with many celebs on a regular basis.
ToriALive: I'm a very close circle.
ToriALive: I think I'm really hard to get to know on
ToriALive: a personal level.
ToriALive: I have a few close friends, but not many.
ToriALive: I think it takes patience to really let a friendship
ToriALive: bloom and blossom.
ToriALive: I think my closest friends have always
ToriALive: been the pianos. I always turn to them.
ToriALive: Spend a lot of time with them.....
PeopMagMC1: Speaking of pianos...
Question: Question for Tori?  How, Where and When, did you discover the
Question: Bosendorfer -vs -Steinway,Walter,Baldwin etc..  What did this piano bring to
Question: you, that another did not? Thanks MB
ToriALive: I played a Bosendorfer when I was little.
ToriALive: I felt a difference in the presence of this instrument.
ToriALive: It was like it had a ghost protecting it.
ToriALive: Sometimes it was sinister, others alluring.
ToriALive: It was like the soul of it came from the underworld.
ToriALive: I've played some Steins that I've had a relationship with
ToriALive: For the most part, the Bosendorfers are hand made,
ToriALive: you get the personality of the maker.
ToriALive: It gives you more stuff to work with as aplayer.
ToriALive: They're live things, they really are.
PeopMagMC1: We're going to have to wrap things up...any closing thoughts?  What are you working on now?
ToriALive: We go into the studio the end of Feb. and
ToriALive: start putting the live part of the double box set together.
ToriALive: The guys are gonna fly out and work with
ToriALive: me and the tech crew I work with on putting
ToriALive: part of the second CD together.
ToriALive: It includes B sides and some others you can't get anymore.
ToriALive: There'll be songs that I kept, that I wasn't ready to finish.
ToriALive: It's got a lot of different things on it, it'll
ToriALive: be out Christmas 99.
ToriALive: I haven't decided what to call it yet.
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