“They can be quite ruthless, so I’m not going to say to you that it’s an easy collaboration, because it isn’t. It’s not as if I snap my fingers and greatness comes. A lot of my interpretation of what I’m hearing, sometimes I’m throwing 60, 70 percent of it away, because the magic isn’t there. It’s about having endurance. That’s important. There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine. Take a different route to the coffee shop to see what you can see and hear. When we get in a routine we can become zombie-like and shut down. It’s about discipline. You have to push yourself.”—Singer-songwriter Tori Amos, on whether the muses visit her as frequently as they did 20 and 30 years ago, quoted by Joan Anderman, “The Creative Midlife: Tori Amos Still Wrestles With Her Muses,” The New York Times, December 4, 2012
(Photo of Tori Amos in concert as part of her American Doll Posse tour, July 13, 2007).