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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


Stevie Wonder – ‘Living For The City’ from Innervisions
I remember hearing this jump out of the radio. I was under ten I think but I remember when it came out, and I was blown away just by the sound of it. By the passion, the intensity of it, it just reached out, this music, out of the radio speakers in the car. My father was even jiving. My father was jiving! I didn't understand what the song was about, but once I did, you know, it was documenting life for this family in Mississippi. And the journey of one of them to New York and then a tragedy. And then knowing when it was written and relating it to the Black Lives Matter movement – it’s a story that has been repeated over and over and over for decade. It's just a testament to the power of the song and to Stevie Wonder's ability to document.