Self Hearts Tori Amos

Ms. Amos is writing a musical for Britain’s National Theatre.  Read her interview with The Observer (Sunday, 15 September 2013).

A few highlights:

Observer:  You have composed the music for a new musical, The Light Princess, at the National Theatre.  It was supposed to have been delivered in 2011.  Has it been a troubled process?

It’s been great, are you kidding?  The princess floats around the stage:  that took time to work out.  Nick Hytner (director of the National Theatre) said to me:  “The hardest form to achieve on stage is a good musical.  There are more failed musicals than any type of art.”  Nick told us to write something powerful, that we weren’t required to dumb down or make something for everone from 5 to 95.

Observer:  Where did the plot come from?  (It involves a prince and princess of opposing lands, brought down by grief, who fall in love.)

I think everyone understands grief, the journey it takes us on, whether it’s the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a disappointment.  Some people don’t deal with it, the power of it.  Some do.  Some feel the weight of it and it informs their choices.  I’ve had to open up to grief in different contexts.

Observer:  Your 13 albums have sold 12m copies and you’re an eight-time Grammy-nominated musician.  Was music always your passion?

I attended the Peabody Conservatory for classical music when I was five, but later fell out with its conservative philosophy.  My dad said if I wanted a career in contemporary music I needed training.  One day, when I was 13, he told me to dress to look older, so I put on trousers and heels and we went out and knocked on the doors of bars in Georgetown, Washington.  Mr. Henry’s, a gay bar, gave me my first opportunity.  My dad got flak from some parishioners, but he told them:  “I can’t think of a safer place for a 13-year-old than a gay bar.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

From Lines to Patterns: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Marina, San Francisco, April 2013

The Marina, San Francisco, April 2013

The Backyard Deck

The Backyard Deck

San Marco Square, April 2013

San Marco Square, April 2013

Here’s the prompt on The Daily Post WordPress site:

We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made.  Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there:  on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk . . .  so grab your camera, get outside, and snap a great shot of shapes or lines that you stumble upon, or a cool texture or pattern that catches your eye.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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