“Midwinter Graces” isn’t your typical holiday album and its deep beauty reveals itself upon repeated listenings, which includes Tori Amos’s version of the old classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” This song was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original.
Tori Amos’ love of this genre is more than evident. If some songs in the album don’t immediately grab you (this is a Tori Amos album after all), it’s just that this isn’t a “Christmas” specific album and there is nary a Santa or “White Christmas” in sight. Instead a very angelic-looking Tori (floating in heavenly clouds) is featured on the album’s cover.
Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. She was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include “Crucify”, “Silent All These Years”, “God”, “Cornflake Girl”, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, “Professional Widow”, “Spark”, “1000 Oceans”, and “A Sorta Fairytale”, her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date. As of 2005, Amos had sold 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. Amos was also named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996.
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