Famous Synesthetes

Tori Amos

Tori Amos

Tori Amos © Jon Stich 2012

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Born in Newton, NC, she began playing piano at the age of two and by the age of thirteen, Amos was entertaining on the Washington D.C. piano bar circuit. She briefly attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music but was asked to leave because of her interest in rock music, and her reliance upon her ear to perform music rather than reading from sheet music. In her early twenties, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Amos has released numerous solo albums, the first three of which arguably made her famous: Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, and Boys for Pele.  Writing about her composition methods, Amos says, “The song appears as light filament once I've cracked it. As long as I've been doing this, which is more than thirty-five years, I've never seen a duplicated song structure. I've never seen the same light creature in my life. Obviously similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns...try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever” (Amos, 2006, p. 123).



Amos, Tori. (2006). Piece by piece. Random House Digital, Inc.

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Marks-Tarlow, T. (2012). Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.