About songs

“Songs can be used as an exit door for an ideology that might not be working for the people. Songs can become the getwaway car from a relationship, especially if you are in a relationship with a guy who is driving the physical getaway car. Songs can penetrate when hours of talking with a parent only seemed to build up walls. Songs can tear them down in minutes if the parent and the child are willing to listen. Songs can remind you that you don’t want to leave this space, although your bags are packed and ready to go. When we think of space, some of us stand outside at night and think of it as this endless outer space. For me, songs are a state, a state of being that can make you see your physical place completely, in a new fresh way – or a state so vast and varied, like the state of New Mexico. The belief that the songs are a space doesn’t change. When I walk in it, though, what I choose to hang on the walls and bring into the room can change. But whatever the space, the challenge is to find the root of what and who the song Being is. It might be a lullaby, or a waltz. If I can go back to the song’s original form and retain the core of that form, then I can still thoroughly justify the interior decoration, what I call the rearrangements of the song, in whatever the space is.” Tori Amos, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, p. 210 (Boradway Books Edition)

~ by Stéphanie K. on February 12, 2009.

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