Friday, December 9, 2011

Tori Amos Concert - An iPhone Photo Story

A few weeks ago, Vince surprised me with tickets to the Tori Amos concert! She is my favourite musician of all time so I was beyond ecstatic. I was worried about Massey Hall's camera policy and I also wanted to be able to focus on the concert without continuously being tempted to take photos, so I brought only my iPhone to the concert... no point-and-shoot, no DSLR. It was liberating and I felt I could enjoy the concert without worrying about capturing it. However, I still wanted to have some sort of memento so here is my little photo story.

The opening performance was Thomas Dybdahl (from Norway). He was so entertaining... funny, personable, and - most importantly - a very talented musician.

After a 30 minute opening performance, the stage was finally set for Tori Amos. I was soooo excited!

The only photo accessory I brought with me was a very handy dandy (tiny) telephoto lens for my iPhone. It really works wonders and I will put more information at the bottom of this blog post. This is an iPhone photo without the telephoto lens.

Yeah, let's put the lens back on.

The concert was SO incredible. I've been listening to Tori Amos for around 20 years so it was quite nostalgic when she sang some of her oldies like "Precious Things" and "Winter" - I literally got chills. Massey Hall was the perfect venue. Intimate, historic, and moving. I felt so exhilarated and happy... the impact was indescribable. It made me think back to my teenage angst (I started listening to Tori Amos when I was 14 or 15 years old) and how far I've come since then. I also discovered that I can (and will) still scream like a teenager! :)

Set List:

Shattering Sea
Way Down
Star of Wonder - John Hopkins Cover
Nautical Twilight
Maybe California
Jackie's Strength
Playboy Mommy
Star Whisperer
Take to the Sky
Taxi Ride
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac Cover
Hey Jupiter
Spring Haze


A Multitude of Shades - by Apollon Musagete Quartett
Father Lucifer
Edge of the Moon
Precious Things
Big Wheel

To end off, I am really loving the simplicity of iPhone photos... not to mention the convenience! I think I may start doing more of these mini photo stories in 2012.

Here are a couple of photos of the iPhone telephoto lens that I brought to the concert. It was the first time I actually remembered to bring it out with me and I am so pleased with it. Vince actually bought me this a little while ago after I showed him the link just out of pure fascination. I feel so lucky to have such a thoughtful husband. :)

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