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Tori Sightings:, R.E.M., Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", Sherman Alexie, a BBC Radio 4 play and Torioke!

Updated Sun, Jul 18, 2004 - 5:28pm ET

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Richard Handal reports:
Richard pointed out to me a web site called The web site was created by Shannon Hurley, an LA singer-songwriter with her own band, and Steven Leavitt, a musician and songwriter. The name is meant affectionately and reflects the fact that many women singer-songwriters are compared with Tori Amos.

"Reveal:The Story of R.E.M." by Johnny Black

Laura Heywood reports:
Laura found a small blurb about a new book called "Reveal:The Story of R.E.M." in a July 11, 2004 article posted at It says:


"Reveal:The Story of R.E.M." by Johnny Black (Backbeat). British journalist/radio DJ Black has put together the right kind of biography of R.E.M. -- a good balance between facts and philosophy, art and esoterica, original interviews and outside sources. Short on photos, this oversized paperback respects R.E.M. but doesn't fawn and reveals things like Michael Stipe explaining that with the song "Tongue," he tried "to think how it would be if Tori Amos wrote a Prince cover song" about oral sex. (J.B.)"

Tori music used in BBC Radio 4 play

Pete Lambert reports:
I took last monday off work for my birthday to indulge myself, and happened to catch the first part of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour drama of the week, an adaptation of the novel "Unless", by Carol Shields.

The play (transmitted through the week in 5 fifteen minute episodes) uses the opening 4 bars of piano from "Another Girl's Paradise" as a scene bridge several times in each episode, along with occasional other clips (about 1 second of "Gold Dust", and a little more of Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" - I think).

String quartet tribute to Tori Amos used during a youth theatre production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

Mikewhy reports:
A July 12, 2004 article in the Indiana Daily Student newspaper reviewed a production of Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night" by the Youth Theatre Ensemble at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Part of the music used for the play came from the String Quartet Tribute to Tori Amos. You can read the entire article at Here is the part of the article that mentions Tori:

"Music was used effectively to underscore much of the production. Many of the selections were string quartet tributes to various popular artists, namely Jimi Hendrix, No Doubt and Tori Amos. The music fit the production nicely, as the string quartet sound lent a classic feel to the more alternative pieces of music. Indeed, the entire production seemed to embody that idea. Even in the design there was something oddly timeless in the abstract and unique quality of the design."

Sherman Alexie's volume of poetry entitled "One Stick Song"

Kaelin Alexander reports:
In noted author Sherman Alexie's volume of poetry entitled "One Stick Song," there is a mention of Tori Amos! In a poem entitled "The Warriors," Alexie writes "I have a crush on Tori Amos, the ethereal, piano-playing, and very eccentric singer-songwriter." He goes on to list several other women in music he enjoys. Alexie is one of my favorite authors, so I was very happy to see her mentioned. It was quite a shock.


Laura Heywood reports:
An article in the July 15, 2004 edition of the Taipei Times talks about the popularity of Karaoke in New York, and it mentions Tori. You can read the entire article at Here is the part of the article that mentions Tori:

"Meanwhile, the loudest applause was reserved for the quirkiest or most energetic performances, including one bearded bald man's take on Tori Amos' Cornflake Girl."

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