It’s a good thing I don’t go on the Internet. If I did, I don’t know what I’d do. I don’t know what I’d do! It takes a lot of discipline, but I know that it’s a pact I made in order to be a good mom and a good friend to myself and a good wife. I have to resist studying that kind of stuff. Because if I did, I wouldn’t get ready for the tour. I know other artists who do, and I don’t want to mention any names because that’s not fair. But I know people that really study it. And it affects their decisions and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Because I wonder Are you an artist that’s completely in touch with your instincts and listening to the muses, or are you going by public opinion?
And you might say to me, "Yeah, but maybe public opinion has a point to make." I get public opinion easily on the tour. I see enough people and run into enough people on the tour, and I have a think tank. I have people. Before any work is released, there are people that have heard it and I’ve made my adjustments and corrections within the process. And obviously Mark [Hawley, Amos’s husband and sound engineer] is part of that think tank and we’ve been together a long time.
We’ve been married for over 13 years and we’ve been working together since he did front of house on Under the Pink. Yes, we’re still together. He said, "People are going to have all kinds of questions because this is a very emotional record." And I think we felt the rawness of it. But Tash [Amos’s 10-year-old daughter who is also featured on Night of Hunters] hasn’t really thought that. When she sees us, she just sees that we’re mom and dad doing our thing — in her mind, she’s not looking at it like the public on the message boards. She sees mom and dad are still together and they’re inappropriately kissing in the kitchen. It’s like, "Get a room!"
What do you do when you you’re not being "Tori Amos the musician"? Are you on P.T.A. for Tash’s school? Do you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
I actually sat with Tash at Easter and watched The Real Housewives of New York from the beginning. She said, "Mom, you’re going to get addicted!" I sat there eating popcorn watching the whole thing — I couldn’t believe it — from early morning until late at night. My sister was flying in and we were waiting for her to show up and it wasn’t a great day outside and so we watched an entire season! It was crazy! But I couldn’t watch it ever again. I said, "I can’t do this, Tash — I’ll never work again!" I have a musical to get together. But I do work a lot, I won’t lie to you. I’m not on the P.T.A. — Mark handles everything at the school. She’s in a British school, so he deals with all things British — which is good.