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The Power And The Beauty: Tori Amos' Favourite Music
Lisa Jenkins , November 30th, 2021 07:30

From bonding with her daughter over Dolly Parton and Cocteau Twins to being starstruck by Billy Joel and Elton John, Tori Amos takes Lisa Jenkins through thirteen tracks that have defined her life and career


Pat Benatar – ‘We Belong’ from Tropico

I was a huge Pat Benatar fan. When I was about sixteen, my father, who was a minister, roped me into teaching the children’s choir. And I would dress like Pat Benatar, because I was such a fan - I would try anyway. So leather pants, little black beetle boots, you know, and a top with zippers on it, whatever. I would go and teach the children’s choir in red leather pants. Suffice it to say that I had quite a lot of kids in the choir coming to do their lessons! And I attribute it all to being inspired by the great Pat Benatar! She was probably my favourite singer at the time. I thought her ability to use, ah, that beautiful voice. The power and yet the beauty. The beauty - this song completely exposes how beautiful her vocals are, and how tender. I remember when this song came out and I was completely floored hearing it for the first time.