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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - The Little Earthquakes and Cornflake Girl singer-songwriter believes being in Cornwall during lockdown saved her life

Cornwall news American celeb Tori Amos' unstarry life in Cornwall UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - The Little Earthquakes and Cornflake Girl singer-songwriter believes being in Cornwall during lockdown saved her life

Cornwall news American celeb Tori Amos' unstarry life in Cornwall UK news
25 November 2022 - 05:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tori Amos may have exploded onto the international music scene while living in LA over 30 years ago but it's Cornwall that she has called home since 1997. The American singer-songwriter has led a quiet and unstarry life in the county and has rarely spoken about being a Cornflake Girl in Kernow until her most recent album, Ocean to Ocean, which is heavily indebted to the beauty and mysticism of Cornwall. Tori, who has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, started playing piano at an incredible two-and-a-half in the family parsonage in Maryland, where her father was a pastor. By five years old she was already studying classical piano at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, but by the time she was 11 Tori had discovered the likes of Led Zeppelin and The Doors, and was asked to leave the music course over her reluctance to read sheet music. By 13, she was playing in local gay bars (often accompanied by her dog collar-wearing religious father) and in 1984 moved to LA to pursue a professional music career. After a number of failures, Tori reinvented herself as a feminist keyboard warrior - equal parts Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell - and hit big with debut album Little Earthquakes in 1992. Read more: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley's life in Cornwall It was soon apparent that this wasn't your usual 'girl at a piano' - soul-bearing songs centred on religious shame (Crucify) and sexual assault (Me and a Gun). It immediately made her a global star. It wasn't long after this that Tori met future husband Mark Hawley, when he was front of house engineer for the tour supporting her second album, 1994's Under The Pink. He was then asked to engineer the follow-up album, 1996's Boys For Pele and the couple were married in 1998, a year after moving to Cornwall. The couple converted a barn into Martian Studios, which adjoins their 300-year-old farm cottage near Bude. The first album they recorded there was '98's From The Choirgirl Hotel. They still live there with university student daughter Natashya 'Tash'. Get the best stories and breaking news delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you want here. Mark said during the year the studio was completed: "Personally, I find having the studio 'out of the way' in Cornwall a big advantage, because we don't have people coming over just to hang out for an hour - anyone who comes is there for a reason. In most London studios, people are wandering in and out all the time and it can be very disruptive." In an interview with Woman's Journal three years later, Tori said: "I have one man, three homes and five pianos - that’s not too excessive, is it? Cornwall is our main home but it’s also where my husband, Mark, and I have our recording studio. I wanted to create a spot that was a little bit difficult for the outside world to get to me. "I wanted a place that didn’t have all the crazy anticipations that go with the music business - when I walk into the studios in LA, I can smell the fear. Often in LA, the studio’s fear is greater than their faith - bless their cotton socks. But when I’m in Cornwall the record company never crosses me. There’s a real positive energy force." She said of her Cornish farmhouse: "When we found it, Mark looked in my eyes and said 'I’m at home here, i understand this place'. I recognised that it was a power spot for him. It’s not easy being married to a musician. If you’re in a relationship where one person gets an unusual amount of attention, the other has to find a place where you can both take root. So I just figured we all had a much better chance in Cornwall." Tori added: "Being in Cornwall is like living on location. About a month before we start recording a new album, the crew arrive and it’s a very creative time as everyone just gets the feel of the area. It’s not like we play hooky or go off fishing - well, the chef goes fishing, which is great - but it’s more about osmosis, getting to know the land. "I’d like to think our presence is quite low-key. We don’t do that over-the-top, 'LA comes to town' thing. Although it’s quite funny when the record company flies in. The chopper has to land at the rugby club nearby, and everyone has a laugh about all the fuss. They know it’s not something I’d usually engage in. And I suspect the local women are quite excited by the male crew who come to work on my albums. I was once invited in for sherry by a woman who asked, 'So when are you bringing that tall, dark Dutchman round?'" Despite living in Cornwall for 25 years and recording the majority of her albums in the county, it was only on 2021's Ocean to Ocean - her 16th album - that her love of her adopted homeland came to the fore, and that was largely down to the Covid lockdowns. Tori told BBC Breakfast in November last year: "I think being in Cornwall during lockdown saved my life. A part of me had gone somewhere after my mother's death a couple of years ago and I think on the third lockdown things got really ... well, I think I was despondent. So I turned to Mother Cornwall. "During the first lockdown our family did okay, but on the third lockdown, without playing live music for the longest period in my life, I hit a wall and the grief overcame me. Finally the muses came to me who I've been working with since I was two-and-a-half; these spiritual creatures that help write the music. They said, write from where you are. I was surrounded by water, but I was sitting in a chair and couldn't see the water because of my tears. The song Metal Water Wood pulled me outside and I got to the trees and I got to the ocean and the cliffs. "It's a formidable beauty, Cornwall. With the gales blowing, if it's not a sunny day it can be a shock to us Americans. It can be brutal." Tori was photographed for the album campaign at Bosigran, a large granite cliff at the tip of West Cornwall. "I'm in awe of the surroundings and the mysticism of the place. I'm at a place called Bosigran and looking out to my other homeland, which is the United States. A lot of my family are there and it's my motherland, but part of my heart is here in Cornwall," she added. Tori told news presenter Naga Munchetty she needed to get tour fit for dates this year: "I need to get my hiking boots on - I'll see you out there Cornish people. Jam first!" Tori Amos performing live She spoke to ITV in the same month: "I have one foot in the Westcountry and one foot in the States. I've fallen in love with the land and the people here. There's something very unique about this land. I really believe there are Cornish fairies - I really believe that. I felt them before and I think if you spend enough time here you will know what I'm talking about. It's captured my heart really.

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. She said: "The first lockdown, my family did medium-to-spicy well. It was me, my husband Mark, Tash and her boyfriend, Oliver. When the kids were fleeing university in London, and Tash said, 'Is it OK if Oliver and I come down?' Mark and I said, 'Of course!' - thinking that they would be down for three weeks at the most, like a long school holiday. "Five months later, they were still there. We were very fortunate to be in Cornwall, in the country - we had more space than some people. We’re a hop, skip and a jump from the water. There’s a ferocious beauty to the Cornish coast. There’s the gorgeous beaches, but then there are the crags and the rocks. There’s something gently brutal about it. I surrendered to the land at a certain point: OK, I’m in exile here. I can’t get back to the States, because I don’t know if I can get back [into the UK] if I go. If I can’t get back to Mark and Tash, then I’m going to evaporate. Because they are the reason I wake up in the morning. "By the third lockdown, however, in January of this year, I was not at my best. I was grieving not playing live for the longest time in my life, not doing what musicians do. There isn’t the spiritual ceremony of the collaboration with a live audience. We’re talking about a voltage that I can’t achieve by myself. That was gone, and there was no way to recreate that. The closest thing was to go to the ocean and feel when the tides are coming in and hitting those rocks. Yes, the sea can be calm and gentle, but when the gales are blowing, my goodness - now that’s voltage. "The playwright Samuel Adamson, who I worked with on The Light Princess, sent me a message. He’s such an amazing writer. He said: 'I just had a vision. And I have to tell you, Cornwall’s protecting you.' I thought, What? And he said: 'I’m just giving you a message. I know this to be true. She’s protecting you. She’s keeping you safe.' And I felt, OK, then I need to keep her safe. Not that she needs protecting in that way, but her stories. I need to give something back to this majestic, compassionate energy. The way to reflect that energy was a collaboration with the land, the water and the muses. Trying to give people a glimpse of this essence that I’ve spent 18 months with." Her love of Cornwall, its heritage and landscape came to the fore in that Woman's Journal interview in 2001. She told the magazine: "I think Cornwall connects with my Celtic and native American roots. I’m predominantly Cherokee Indian and Scots. As a family, we grew up in Cherokee nation land in North Carolina, and my grandfather taught me to have an instinctive relationship with the spirit of the land. "Cornwall is so spiritual, too. It’s Arthurian country, full of tales of chivalry and wizardry. Travel down the coast to Tintagel and, on the rocky headland known as the Island, you’ll find Tintagel Castle, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Locals insist it’s the true site of Camelot. The cave at the tip of the island is called Merlin’s Cave, and Dozmary Pool, at the heart of Bodmin Moor, is where the king’s sword, Excalibur, was received by the Lady of the Lake." She added: "I’m obsessed by the sea. Our house is surrounded by farmland, but when you walk out of the front door you can glimpse the sea at nearby Widemouth Bay. I have to know the sea is there. I filmed a video for my single, China, around the cove. I had a piano built out of rocks and i just slipped into the sea as the tide came in. "The land in Cornwall is so vast and dramatic, it really does hold a space for you. You can dig in as deep as you like and keep on going. In return, you must respect the land and ask its permission to enter and leave. It will protect you but you need to leave little offerings and thank you’s to acknowledge its power. Walking over Bodmin Moor, I often leave presents, like a special flower, a necklace or tobacco. It’s almost like the Persephone and Demeter myth - where you go into the dark underworld and then have to leave your most precious gift behind to win your freedom." Tori said: "For a songwriter, Cornwall is a very inspirational place to be. Daphne du Maurier based her novel Jamaica Inn on the coaching inn at Bolventor. During the 19th century, it was a meeting point for outlaws and smugglers. Cornwall is a good place for bad boys and outsiders - there’s always been a bit of piracy going on. What a great time in history it must have been, when people were having adventures and breaking away from the authority that was choking them. "With so many wonderful places to visit, parts of North Cornwall are becoming quite metropolitan. The fashionable young surfers have invaded Bude, drawn by the Atlantic breakers and the dolphins. When the tide goes out, the whole town arrives at the beach, and when it comes back in, they go back. It’s almost like an ancient rite - it’s just magical." READ MORE: Kate Winslet's former life in Cornwall Phillip Schofield's childhood and life in Cornwall Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan's life in Cornwall Fern Britton opens up about her single life in Cornwall Queen superstar Roger Taylor's life in Cornwall

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