Rose Dover

vendredi 2 mai 2014, par Cécile Desbrun

Amos also wrote from the perspective of a mother. The beguiling Rose Dover – mid-Seventies Queen meets Joni Mitchell – is a musically adventurous yet emotionally reassuring lullaby handed down to her 13-year-old daughter.

"Tash is a huge influence on the record. (...) When she was younger, the conversations of course were different. The exposure in the last few years to what she’s reading, listening to, watching, and how she sees the world – she has become a muse for me. Because I look through her eyes and am exposed to things that I wouldn’t be exposed to if I were left to my own choices. So watching what inspires the conversations that 13, 14-year-olds are having is really interesting. And how to grow up with your imagination intact, how to not have that destroyed, is very much Rose Dover’s story." (Mercury Classics Press Release, March 2014)

« ’Rose Dover’ is investigating the idea of becoming an adult and when does a child start not allowing their imagination freeing because of peers. So commentary by peers, the peer group is such a big deal for teenagers... And, you know, Tash knows she’s a Muse. She’ll look at you and say... We speak about ideas and how imagination is something that we encourage her to have. But not all kids are encouraged to explore their imagination and story. A lot of emphasis in some of her acquaintances homes would be math, science, what you’re going to study in university, what kind of a career path are you going to choose so it monetizes so, don’t choose the music industry (laughter). And things like that.

But imagination isn’t always encouraged. And when you really think about it, teenagers can start being dead. You can look them in the eye and they’re dead. Because they don’t allow themselves to play anymore. Playing is something the little kids do instead of thinking, ’Well, you know, the peer group is a bit critical of acting like a little kid with, you know, making up stories and ideas. But you and I know that to be a creative artist you have to have that imagination not murdered.’ And I mean, Tash and I have talked about watching certain friends murder their imaginative self. It is a death. They do kill it. And it’s difficult to get it back again when you kill it because you start removing yourself and removing yourself instead of becoming a grown up. » (Unrepentant Geraldines DVD interview)