Uprooted Magnolia

It Felt Like a Dream, Honey

Posted in Georgia, Photography by leahyetter on December 7, 2011

But it wasn’t all in my head. It really happened.
The lights came up and there stood the Apollon Musagete Quartet that consisted of 2 violins, a viola, and my favorite, the cello. Then the spotlight hit the side of the stage and she appeared in an emerald green frock with hair as red as a Wyoming sunset. A week ago yesterday, after 2 years of (im)patiently waiting since the last tour, I was finally at my ninth Tori Amos concert with my best friend sitting right beside me.

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She opened with Shattering Sea, the first song off the new album, performing it flawlessly. She pounded on the Bosendorfer as the quartet played with just as much power, it sent chills all over my adrenalin rushed body. Her voice was smooth and her mastery over the piano while singing is astounding.

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She covered Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide and Joni Mitchell’s River. Even though we didn’t make it to a meet and greet before the show to make requests, Terri and I always like to say “oh she played this for you and that for me”. Highlights for Terri were River, Maybe California, Crucify, Cruel, and Precious Things. For me, Here in My Head,  Fearlessness, Star Whisperer,  Silent All These Years, Honey, and Siren were top on my list. And I’d like to think she payed A Sorta Fairytale for my mom. When mom would get home from grocery shopping, she’d call me up and tell me she heard that Tori song on Kroger radio. “How cool is that sweetheart?!”, she’d say.

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The quartet would occasionally go off stage and she’d perform alone at the piano. Beulah Land solo was a southern favorite for sure.

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We cheered louder when she’d flash us a smile which happened often. She seemed so excited to be touring in the states and was on TOP of each and every song.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

She told us in a funny little improv about the “old woman”. Her Bosendorfer is about 80 years old and almost didn’t make it on this tour. Other pianos that she tried just didn’t have what it takes in the low end. But low and behold, she showed up in Atlanta just for us.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The rest of the setlist included Suede, Nautical Twilight, Girl Disappearing, Your Ghost, Hey Jupiter, Spark, Leather and Big Wheel. The quartet played one of their own compositions, A Multitude of Shades.

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In all, we were graced with 25 songs for a night we will never forget. Not a bad way to end my month long stay in Georgia. I was pooped the next day traveling through airports to get back to the western sky, but it was all worth it.

So, thanks for letting me share this experience with you.

Tori Amos means a lot to me (as she does for so many fans out there) and has since I was an adolescent. Her songs of angst, heartbreak, love and loss have inspired me as a person and artist for many years. When I lost my mother to cancer in 2006, her album “The Beekeeper” was on repeat in my CD player and iPod. When I met her in 2007, I was able to tell her how much she has meant to me in all these years, especially through the pain of losing my Queen Bee. You can see that story on my website.
Terri and I were unable to get a press pass to this show for our concert blog the Concert Sutra so I shot these from our seats in the balcony. I did get a press pass for the 2009 concert at Chastain Park and I hope you will enjoy those images on my website as well.

It’s windy outside today but I hope to take a walk later and bring some Wyoming beauty to you in the next couple of days.


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  1. Terri Sapp said, on December 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Spark and Landslide were a couple of other highlights for me, and Leather, since it had been so long since we’d heard that one!! Hard to pick highlights from such a perfect show!! I also think she played Your Ghost for my Diddy! I loved this show, and was SO glad we were able to go! I KNOW it was worth the wait. It was the perfect end to a fun visit with Leah. So many are jealous of us for being so smart to make sure and be at this show that ended up maybe the BEST I have ever seen of Tori. Thanks, Leah, for keeping on top of all things Tori, as many others have in the past. I have been very lucky yo have so many huge fans in my life, making me automatically “in the know!”

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    • leahyetter said, on December 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Right you are Terri, a perfect show! You know I’ll always keep you in the know and you keep getting those awesome tickets! Love ya T!

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  2. misswhiplash said, on December 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    What a splendid night you had. It makes all the waiting worth every second..

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  3. Ellen said, on December 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    It´s great that you had the chance in the past to tell her how much she meant for you. Beautiful pictures of a fantastic night!!

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  4. ken said, on December 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I just started laughing and grinning. Now I understand.

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  5. Lenore Diane said, on December 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This was great, Leah. Nice to read your writing and see your photos – you do both so well.
    I am glad you were able to see Tori Amos in concert … again. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    • leahyetter said, on December 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Well, I don’t know about my writing skills, but I appreciate your kind words Lenore. 🙂 As far as Tori Amos fans go, 9 concerts is not that many!

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  6. Chirag Desai said, on December 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Nice Article and pics too are gr8.. 🙂

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  7. The Hook said, on December 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful dream, my friend.

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  8. niasunset said, on December 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Wonderful. I am impressed. Thank you, with my love, nia

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  9. eyeLaugh said, on December 10, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Nice photography. Especially like the one with the purple lights.

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    • leahyetter said, on December 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you! Purple is my favorite color so I made sure to shoot when those lights were up. 🙂

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  10. StrangeLittleGirl Photography said, on December 10, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I was just watching videos from the show on youtube Wednesday! It was the first time I had heard the redo of spark this tour. Great quality pics, her lighting and stage this tour is the best ever.

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    • leahyetter said, on December 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Oh my gosh yes! It was SO cool with the strings becoming the drums. Probably her best ever! Her voice was so smooth and she nailed every song. Just perfection. And her enthusiasm was tremendous. She seemed so excited to be there. It was such a great night.
      I started late, Strange Little Tour was my first and have been hooked on her shows ever since. I’ve loved her since I was a kid. Unfortunately this tour is not going to too many places. That’s why I had to hang out in Georgia for a month because she’s not coming anywhere near me in Wyo.
      Love your blog name! 😉

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  11. Susan Hymers Hawkins said, on December 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I too am a fan of Tori Amos. Her songs are so filled with raw emotion and she is so passionate when singing. Love your blog. I hope someday to move to somewhere near the Tetons. It appears to be such a gorgeous place.

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    • leahyetter said, on December 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

      I haven’t been to the Tetons yet, we are on the other side of the state from them. But it IS on my list! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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  12. whenquiet said, on December 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Tori Amos is exquisite! I hope to catch her the next time she is in Basel. I share a similar devotion to the one and only artist Erykah Badu!!! Awesome artist, spectaculor performer! My daughter and I met her after her show recently when she played in Lorrach, Germany. A beautiful, fabulous, grounded, spiritual, and caring person. She is always “ON” for each concert, and offers different approaches in her repertoire.

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    • leahyetter said, on December 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

      I LOVE Erykah Badu!!! I was able to catch her several times and even in the front row! She’s so much fun. But of course, Tori will always be my number 1! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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