Midwinter Graces is our No. 12 Album - consistently earning votes at the bottom of your lists, it peaked with one vote in the number 2 spot. Overall point total is a mere 271.Posted on September 21, 2012 at 7:35 AM
facebook covers from our albums celebration! click here to see all of them at once on our facebook page. stayed tuned for the release of our Greatest Albums List - happening very soon
Posted on September 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM
“Tales Of A Librarian” lists Angels under Political Science: Political Progress. Its presence there, in 2003, signaled the coming of more overtly political songwriting from Tori; it has distinctly threaded the second decade of her career so far.
“That’s what ‘Angels’ is about [the US invasion of Iraq]. The people that went along with this were not horrible, at least most of them weren’t - they were just frozen, they’d forgotten that they had the power to stand up. There were protests but you didn’t see how many people were out there. They made sure that was kept from the public.” [Uncut (UK) - January 2004]
Ruby Through the Looking Glass (live) - doesn’t every woman want it all?Posted on August 19, 2012 at 6:57 AM
Tombigbee is actually a river that runs through northern Georgia, something of the Trail of Tears’ place of origin, and Tori’s source for this Scarlet Treasure. (Also actually the 33rd song in our timeline of 40 Essential B-sides, Rarities & Treasures. Whew!)Posted on August 13, 2012 at 7:11 AM
“Originally, Seaside was on Scarlet’s Walk. However, as I started tying the story together musically, geographically, and of course, the element of the narrative itself, I came upon a sticky wicket as a writer. It became crystal clear that Seaside had to have occurred within the sonic structural realms of Pancake. Almost as if Seaside is the moon to Pancake’s Mars. Therefore Pancake and Seaside are obviously a tension of the opposites. Each polarity is giving Scarlet an understanding of what’s really at play here at this time. Both songs are giving her a clue. [Miss Scarlet with the Candlestick in the Library].”
Seaside preface on Scarlet’s Web, 2002 - via yessaid.com
Although it wasn’t released commercially until June of ‘99 on the benefit album called “No Boundaries,” Merman has been floating around since the spring of ‘98. If you pre-ordered ‘from the choirgirl hotel’ from Tower Records you were given access to it, and then in March of ‘99 a2b Music created a special Grammy Showcase page featuring the song.
Tori says of the song: “It’s inspired by a man with integrity, such deep integrity that I married him. It’s about having someone heal your whole life … When I was touring & Matthew Shepard got murdered I was dedicating it to him. A lot of guys were asking me to sing it for him and it just kinda took a life on of its own.”
We are still collecting ballots for The Greatest Albums list to be released in early September, and we’d love to have you join in as well! Participating is easy - simply rank Tori’s solo albums from one to twelve, one being your most favourite & twelve being your least favourite. Make sure to use the tag ta12 so that we can count your vote!
Interested to know how the folks behind ToriSongs rank their albums? Here’s Daniel’s list -
Boys for Pele
To Venus and Back
From the Choirgirl Hotel
Night of Hunters
Under the Pink
Strange Little Girls
Abnormally Attracted to Sin
American Doll Posse
Mountain was Scarlet’s first B-side. This true journey-woman’s song was initially made available at Tori’s site, Scarlet’s Web, via album insert code - and has still not been made available in any form other than a digital download. A big thanks to Michael Cordova for letting us showcase his art!Posted on August 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Snow Cherries from France (described by Tori as her musical “autobiography”) hasn’t gotten much live attention - with only seven appearances in 2005, she kept it out of the limelight until 2011 when it was played with the string quartet. Slowing it down for this live performance at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Washington state, Tori extends the song for about a minute and a half past the studio version.Posted on August 5, 2012 at 7:11 AM
Never Seen Blue is sharp, full of imagery - the blues he drives, her pretty silver gown, the red lines and the red he proudly wears. It’s a song she said was written about Mark (“he’s no white knight - the same guy that I’m not supposed to talk about”) - whoever she’s speaking to, he certainly seems to pierce her to her core
… in and around and through me again ….
ToriSongs is still collecting ballots for The Greatest Albums list to be released in early September! We’ve officially surpassed our goal of 100 submissions, but why stop there? Participating is easy - simply rank Tori’s solo albums from one to twelve, one being your most favourite & twelve being your least favourite. Make sure to use the tag ta12 so that we can count your vote!
You can also join us and other toriphiles on the interwebz at:
(facebook cover shown here made using an image from hereinmyhead.com - a scan from the “plugged” tour book)
ermahgerd guys, our first torisongs animation! >.<
(from the blood roses intro for mtv unplugged)