Songs that saved me – Tori & Shirley

When did music change your life? When did music save your life?

Think about it.

Tori & Shirley

I have three all-time-favorite musical artists*, two of whom are Tori Amos & Shirley Manson. Tori is known primarily as a solo artist, while Shirley as the lead singer of ‘Garbage’.

Both vocalists; both fierce, courageous, beautiful, bad-ass red-heads; both hugely talented creators, crazily successful in the music industry for over 2 decades; both with a loyal fanbase of hundreds of thousands the world over, myself included.

I feel that I can honestly say that both, at some point, have saved my life. I’m not sure where I’d be without them.

Old friends.

It was to my complete surprise and overwhelming joy to learn that Tori Amos and Shirley Manson are old friends. Of course the more I think about it, the more I realise that it’s actually not at all surprising that they love each other, and each other’s music so much.

A highlight of my week has been a cycling adventure through the bike-tracks of Brisbane, Australia listening to a podcast of these sensational women in a fascinating, loving, wonderfully smile-inducing conversation.

This is one of those wonderful, crazy-special moments where one might allow oneself to believe that the universe was conspiring to make one happy. While I would never let a moment such as this go unappreciated, it feels disrespectful to let it go unacknowledged.

If that weren’t enough, I am a proud ticket holder to see Shirley Manson & Garbage perform in Brisbane, Sunday December 4 (tomorrow) at their concert at Mount Cotton. Hell yes.


Music is there for you, even when everything else and everyone else seems to disappear. No-one can take it away from you.

Thank you Tori.

Thank you Shirley.

The full podcast:

I love the American & Scottish accents together.

* The 3rd.


If this is your first taste of either Tori Amos or Garbage, I recommend:
Headphones. Good ones.
Don’t listen in passing. Take a moment and immerse yourself.

Father Lucifer by Tori Amos.

Medication by Garbage.