Tori Amos puts new spin on old songs for "Gold Dust"

Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:13pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tori Amos has been performing in bars and clubs since the age of 13, but the pianist-singer-songwriter's new tour and album mark 20 years since her breakthrough solo debut album "Little Earthquakes".

Throughout October, Amos, 49, has been touring with songs from her new album "Gold Dust", which reinterprets hits from the past two decades, accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. The album, released October 2, follows her 2011 song cycle "Night of Hunters", also inspired by classical music.

Amos, a classically trained musician, talked to Reuters about "Gold Dust" and how she has forged new paths for American singer-songwriters.

Q. How difficult was it recording and touring with "Gold Dust" and playing with all these different orchestras?

A. "It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to ... ride and don't let go and you will be fine.

"So it's a tango, it's pushing and pulling and answering each other and inspiring each other. And that's really where the love affair comes from 'Gold Dust.'

Q. Was it tricky to re-record and reinterpret old songs?

A. "I had to realize that you are going to look at songs that you might have known for the last 20 years. You also have to look at who they were when you first met them, and who they have become. So much of the songs on 'Gold Dust' now have a lineage because of other people's experiences, and people stopping me, having a conversation with me ... in a coffee shop or in an airport or at the stage door and telling me their experience with the song."   Continued...

Singer Tori Amos poses for a portrait in New York, October 10, 2012.REUTERS/Lucas Jackson