Ears With Feet

I went to a bachelorette party the other night. It was sort of a last minute thing. My husband is in the wedding party and I’ve known the groom for years. The bride and I are friends but we haven’t spent a ton of time together and so I didn’t know anyone at the bachlorette party except for her.

I ended up having a great time. We went to a casino (did you know that if a casino is on a reservation you can only drink at the bar? Not at the machines or tables. That totally messes with your gambling karma when you have to stop and go elsewhere to drink. Also, playing blackjack and drinking coffee just feels wrong.) near Albuquerque for the evening.

Since I didn’t really know anyone the conversation came up of how we all knew the bride. Somebody knew her from high school, the maid of honor has been friends with her since the 4th grade and everybody else knew her from following Tori Amos on tour.

*head explodes*

That’s right. You heard me. They follow Tori Amos on tour. Like how Deadheads follow the Grateful Dead. Except 1) It is Tori Amos, 2) They aren’t dirty hippies, 3) A lot of times they fly from city to city instead of hitchhiking or going in a VW bus 4) They have jobs and 5) Sometimes they only go to one or two shows a year.

Okay, that wasn’t fair to Toriphiles or to Deadheads. I know Deadheads that are clean and have jobs. According to these fans some of the Tori Amos followers don’t have jobs and go to every show on tour.

So, besides not even being aware that this kind of thing existed I was pretty amazed that they had made such lasting friendships standing in line to meet Tori Amos.

I like Tori’s music but it would have never occurred to me to follow her from city to city.

Okay so here is what else I learned about Tori Amos at this bachelorette party:

1) She calls them “Ears With Feet”

2) She plays a different set every single night.

3) Tori Amos fans are not to be trifled with.

And you should have seen those ladies faces when I told them that I was a professional blogger. I think we were equally mortified at the other’s hobbies.

But you know what? They were totally cool and we had a great time. And there is something to be said for friends you make in an unusual way that become a big part of your life.

Honestly, did the rest of you know about this and you just weren’t telling me? Or is it more like Rosicrucians?

Okay EWF people. Don’t send me hate mail. I am not judging you, I am just shocked that this exists. I am no cooler than you are. I am completely aware that I write for like 10 blogs and go to blogging conferences. The irony is not lost on me.

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  1. You should gamble in South Dakota, they meet you at the door, hand you a drink and head you toward the slot machines.. they continue to ply you with free drinks until you leave… I think it’s so you don’t realize how much money you are throwing in their slot machines without a payout,, but who cares..

  2. I have a friend who is an EWF person … I don’t get it. I just nod and play “The Humpty Dance” in my head just for the grin it gives me.

  3. Where is there a casino with a reservation around here?

  4. If I ever have a bachelorette party (or maybe for my 20th wedding anniversary), I’m going to invite all of my friends I met blogging.

    Whattya think?

  5. Who am I to judge? One of my friends growing up was (and may still be) the president of a Barry Manilow Fan Club.

  6. I cannot judge because I just contemplated driving four hours to a town featured in the Twilight vampire books.

  7. EWF?! I have never heard of such a thing — but I guess good for them for having a hobby!

  8. I have never heard of EWF. Interesting! I guess whatever floats their boat. There are certainly stranger things, I’m sure.

  9. David Chanel says:

    WOW! I havebeen to at least 5 Tori concerts in my life but I never new I was an ear with feet.
    Can’t wait to sign my christmas cards this year…

  10. Tori Amos was one of the first concerts I was allowed to go to without adult supervision. I was a junior in high school and it was the night that Bill Clinton was elected president. Brian VanderArk, the lead singer of Verve Pipe, opened for her, playing acoustic guitar solo.

    It was a pretty great night.

  11. They follow Tori Amos on Tour?

    —uh

    —ok.

    Glad you had fun though!

  12. EWF?? See, this is why I read you. You’re so educational.

  13. Under any other circumstances, such people would probably be called STALKERS. I’m just sayin’

  14. EWF? Oh! Ears with……

    For a minute I thought you had a unique relationship with the Earth, Wind and Fire fans.

    BTW, ABQ is my hometown. Love that place.

  15. Oh come on, professional blogger is way cooler.

    Does Tori sponsor them to go across country in a mini van to go to a conference to get drunk? Yeah, I think not.

  16. I used to be a big Tori fan but never to that extent and had never heard of EWF. You learn something new every day!

  17. Lawlady1970 says:

    It’s not true that “if a casino is on a reservation you can only drink at the bar”. Indian casinos are given alcohol licences on a case by case scenario, and currently more than 90% of casinos on reservations allow drinking at the tables, at the slots, and anywhere else on the property.

  18. Wow!? Following Tori Amos around on tour? I saw her in concert once in Los Angeles. I felt like a bit of an intruder into her personal relationship with her piano. It wasn’t especially an exciting concert, I can’t imagine going out of my way to see her again!

    Diff’rent strokes…

  19. Ears With Feet?!? Is that what Tori Amos thinks of her fans? Seems a little derogatory to me. She might as well call them “A-holes That Pay My Rent”, or “Cash That walks”! LOL

  20. Which one of them only goes to two shows???
    That was a lie!

  21. Lord.

    I like to think it’s like the Rosicrucians and that if we are lucky, it will never come up in conversation again.

  22. When I went to school in Indiana, one of the departments had quotes printed out and taped to the wall, and one was by Tori Amos. It said something like “Some of the most interesting people I met are the ones that don’t fit into boxes”, which I think is one of the dumbest things I ever heard attributed to anyone. It was meant to be inspirational and promote tolerance I think, but if she really said this, has she ever thought about what might happen if she stopped stereotyping people? And her version of that Eminem song was lame too.

  23. The only time I stayed up all night in line to buy concert tickets was for Tori Amos ~15 years ago (holy crap!). I was a fan; not obsessed like some of my friends, but a fan. It turns out it was just a phase for me–I haven’t listened to her in years. Although, now I might go dig up some old albums and have a listen…for ‘old times’ sake.

    Oh, and the show was really quite amazing. She really is a great musician…just a little odd.

  24. I saw Tori Amos once. She was on tour WITH the Grateful Dead (well, actually, the post-Garcia band The Dead).

  25. I find that weird, only because I do not like Tori Amos. *ducks*

    But I just wrote a post about making an Alberto Tomba scrapbook when I was 15 so I’m not judging ONE BIT.

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