I Got Some Magic

I love Tori Amos.

Anyone who knows me knows this fact.  I have listened to her glorious music for twenty years.  I have been to several concerts.  I have bought merchandise and CD’s.  The only thing I haven’t done is meet her.

Well, that ended.  I’ve met her, huzzah!

On the 10th and 11th, my sister, Weasel and Doodle (brother to Weasel) went to London and watched Tori perform.  On Thursday we arrived in London around noon.  We were hoping for a meet and greet and some autographs and photos, so we quickly went to the venue to wait.  We waited, and waited, and waited.  I wrote a note for Tori, hoping I could hand it to her when I met her.

Sister and Weasel and I met a nice woman called Liz.  We chatted about our passion and respect for Tori’s music.  Doodle waited with our luggage.   Five o’clock arrived and still no Tori.  A woman approached from the direction of Tori’s tour bus.  Sadly Tori would not be meeting anyone today, she was very busy.  We understood.  I asked her if she would give Tori a note I’d written for her.  She promised she would.  I was pleased.  I have been waiting for twenty years to meet her, but I would be quite content to have her read my note.

We checked into the hotel and had some dinner.  Then it was off to the show.  It was so incredible!  Tori was gorgeous as per usual.  The set list rocked:

  • Give
  • Caught a Lite Sneeze
  • Cornflake Girl
  • Flavor
  • Spacedog
  • Pancake
  • Icicle
  • Carbon
  • Concertina
  • Jamaica Inn
  • Cooling
  • Winter
  • Lady in Blue
  • Bliss
  • Talula
  • Precious Things
  • Strong Black Vine
  • Raspberry Swirl
  • Big Wheel (in which Tori admitted she can’t do maths and had to start the chorus again – lovely:))

We were seated on the right side of the venue, so we were able to watch her face.  Her hands were visible by virtue of the shadow on her leg from the overhead lights.  I was thrilled to hear Carbon, Bliss, Caught a Lite Sneeze, Talula…awe shit, I suppose I loved them all.

Since there wasn’t a meet on the 10th, we went back to the venue early on the 11th hoping to meet her.  We grabbed a spot right up front.  Time passed.  Weasel, Doodle, Sister and I played Tori style hang man.  We talked about our favorite songs.  We discussed the weather.  At about three o’clock, a woman, the same woman we’d spoke to yesterday that forwarded my note, came and announced that Tori would be out in a few moments, however she could only do a picture or an autograph, not both.  Nice!  I shouted in my brain; not because I had to choose one of the two options, but because I now know that Tori must have received my note – I’d given it to her tour manager!  What luck!

I felt very anxious.  Tori stepped out of a taxi and was escorted by the tour manager towards the group.  She looked amazing!  Her tour manager directed Tori to us, ‘Start here,’ she pointed in our direction, ‘These girls were here all day yesterday.’  YES!  FUCKIN’ YES!

Tori stepped down to the very beginning of the section we were in, we were about seven fans deep.  She greeted them, then she was shaking hands with Weasel and taking a photo.  Another girl cut in front of me, so I moved out of the way so she could have a decent photo without me in the background.  I was so nervous I didn’t mind waiting.  Next she shook hands with an older woman, maybe in her early fifties who eloquently stated how much she has enjoyed listening to her over the years.  I was next.  I was freaking out.

Tori came to me and shook, then held my hand.  Her hand was very soft and tiny.  I gave her my paper, which I had carefully selected from the Scarlett’s Walk stationary set, that said ‘You could taste heaven perfectly’ at the top.  She signed it ‘For Blanketgirl, love Tori Amos’.  I smiled so big at her.  I was shaking.  Twenty years of adoration bordering on idol worship and here she was standing in front of me.  I wanted to tell her, ‘I adore you!  I love you to pieces!  Your music is a huge part of my life!  Thank you!’  Instead I smiled my largish smile and said, ‘I gave you a note yesterday,’  she replied that it was back stage (I was the only one to give a note on the 10th).  She knew who I was!  Sister jumped in and stated to her that we had planned my holiday around her tour, and that we would love it if she would play ‘Bells for Her’ for us because it was our song.  She wrote it on her hand in black sharpie marker.  Tori has my song request on her hand in black sharpie!  Maybe even now!

Sister opted for her picture to include me.  Tori stood next to her, and I stood next to Sister.  The photo is wonderful!  I’m so happy to have it!  The photo and the autograph will be framed and placed on my bedroom wall as soon as I get home.  I’m so thrilled!

Going into the show that night we were all excited to see what she would play.  Would ‘Bells for Her’ make it in?  This is the set list:

  • Give
  • Body and Soul
  • Cornflake Girl
  • Little Amsterdam
  • Hotel
  • The Power of Orange Knickers
  • Putting the Damage On
  • Welcome to England
  • Virginia
  • Bells for Her Our request!  We waited until the end and screamed ‘Thank you!’
  • Mr. Zebra
  • Not the Red Baron
  • Ophelia
  • 1000 Oceans
  • Marys of the Sea
  • Siren
  • Fast Horse
  • Precious Things (Ugly Girl)
  • Strong Black Vine
  • Big Wheel
  • Tear in Your Hand

We were sitting on the left side of the venue this time, seventh row, and could see her hands perfectly.  Such a wonderful seat!  I was crying at different random times throughout the show, as I do.  When ‘Bells for Her’ began, Sister and I held hands.  It’s such a beautiful song and holds such deep meaning for us.  When the line ‘like sisters’ was delivered, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I was so touched that she would play our request.  Sister and I can’t stop what’s coming, but there’s nothing we cannot ever fix.  We’re blanket friends. If Tori ever happens to read this, thank you.  You have no idea the gift you gave us.

So all in all, this was the most satisfying concert experience I’ve had to date.  She played our request!  I’m still loving it.  That memory will be with me until I go senile, and then I have this to help me remember.

As a side note, this concert was the second Sister and I have seen together (we saw Tori’s ‘Boys for Pele’ tour together), in July of 1996.  Thirteen years later we’re there in the audience again half a world away from that first concert together.

I have another seven days left before I return home.  I’ve loved being here with my sister and Weasel’s family, who are delightful.  Daddy Weasel drove Sister and I to the seaside yesterday.  I took some really lovely pictures.  I’m going to sketch some of them out at a later date.  I feel so inspired!

I found seashells for the girls.  Sister and I walked with Daddy Weasel all along the waterline.  We watched a massive shipping barge come into the docks.  The wind was blowing, but not too hard.  The sun had tucked itself behind some billowy clouds giving everything a neutral blueish sort of tone.  The result was every bright color popping into hyper focus.

Today Sister and I are going into town to do some shopping.  I have had such a wonderful vacation so far.  Husband and the kids seem to be doing great.  I miss them.  Souvenirs will be found this afternoon.  Youngest has requested a lemur stuffy, and oldest would like something collectible.

Now for my health tidbit.  I have been flaring intensely.  Forearms, shoulders, neck and all my joints are yelling at me.  I’m loving this pain cream I found at a Tesco.  I was awakened by my left knee yelling at me at four in the morning.  I couldn’t put any weight on it and was really having trouble.  I grabbed the cream and was able to go back to sleep after an hour or so.  Usually when that happens I’m up for the rest of the night because the pain won’t let me sleep.  Yay for effective products!  When do you suppose I’ll be able to get it in the US?  Never?  Oh, okay.  The healthcare system truly is pathetic.

I’ve made a renewed promise with myself to write everyday.  Seeing that this one entry is so verbose, I definitely need to spread it out again.  Wish me luck!

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~ by blanketgirl on September 16, 2009.

2 Responses to “I Got Some Magic”

  1. […] has written things up more neatly than I can manage right now, so go read over here if you're interested. Suffice it to say, some long-held dreams were realised, some fantastic, epic […]

  2. Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful! I was speechless in a very good way whilst reading, there are few things as magical and wonderful as an artist honouring their fans like that, playing songs of meaning.

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