Amie Miriello Meets Her Idol Fiona Apple

Amie Miriello checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@amiemiriello) on Monday (January 12), discussing her chance encounter with Fiona Apple on a flight to Los Angeles. The Stamford, Connecticut singer songwriter tells readers:

I’m getting on the plane to head to LA….In front of me online is this thin and oddly dressed woman who clearly looks like she’s trying not to be looked at. I think nothing of it at first, but as I’m walking on the plane I see her go to her seat in first class. At that point I wonder who it is and happen to catch her profile while walking by. It’s fu**ing Fiona Apple!!! She is by far one of the most amazing singer/songwriters to ever grace this planet. I literally had to force myself to my seat and sit on the plane for 5 hours knowing that my idol was just a few feet away. I sat next to a nice man, but all I could concentrate on was Fiona and whether or not I was going to be dorky enough to talk to her. Knowing her music so well and reading a lot about her… I kinda knew she’s not the type to want to be noticed or bothered at that… so I felt very nervous and intimidated. When the plane landed I prayed to see her at baggage claim and thankfully I did. Her eyes were crystal blue and of course she was beautiful. I decided that I couldn’t let her leave without at least saying something. When I approached her she looked very timid and all I said was “I don’t want to bother you at all… but I just want you to know that I think you’re an incredible inspiration and I couldn’t not say something. You’re one of my all time favorites and I hope you have a great night.” She smiled and was so nice to me. I went to get my bag and literally had tears welling up in my eyes. When I was leaving she looked at me, smiled and waved goodbye. It was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

On TV: Katharine McPhee, Clay Aiken, Fiona Apple

Pop acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, who visits ‘The Dr. Keith Ablow Show’ on Monday; Elton John, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Tuesday; Jesse McCartney, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday; ‘Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken, who performs on ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday, is interviewed on ‘GMA’ on Wednesday and Thursday, and performs on ‘The View’ on Friday; former *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday; Josh Radin, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday; Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday and performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Thursday; Meg & Dia, who perform on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; The Human League, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday; Fiona Apple, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Thursday; and John Mayer, who performs on ‘The Early Show’ on Friday.

On TV: Paris Hilton, Fiona Apple, Matt Costa

Matt Costa 'Songs We Sing'

Pop acts on television this week include Paris Hilton, who visits ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday, and ‘The View’ on Thursday; Hi-5, who perform on ‘Today’ on Monday; Jeannie Ortega, who is featured on ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday; Fiona Apple, who visits ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; K.T. Tunstall, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Wednesday; Regina Spektor, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Wednesday; Britney Spears, who as mentioned earlier is on ‘Dateline NBC’ on Thursday; Matt Costa, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Thursday; Prince featuring Tamar, who perform on ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday; Jennifer Love Hewitt, who visits ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday; and Nelly Furtado, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday.

NPR’s ‘World Cafe’: Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple 'Extraordinary Machine' publicity photo

Fiona Apple dropped by NPR’s ‘World Cafe’ to discuss her latest album ‘Extraordinary Machine’ and perform ‘Get Him Back’, ‘Oh Well’, ‘Sleep to Dream’, ‘Better Version of Me’, and ‘I Know’.

On guitars playing a back seat to keyboard sounds on the album and that being unusual these days, Fiona said, “I guess so. It wasn’t like a on purpose thing, it’s just I don’t know. I think my voice doesn’t really go well with guitar.”

On how her composing takes place, Fiona said, “I think that most of the time, I don’t really sit down and try to write songs. I don’t really think about it. I think over time, over a long period of time, certain words and phrases just catch my attention and I just roll them around in my head. I do a lot of walking, and most of the time the words, something will start in my head, and then once it gets to the point where there’s one verse in my head, then I’ll sit down at the piano and I don’t know, it just kind of happens.”

Asked if she had hip hop influences growing up, Fiona said, “Oh yeah, sure. Most of the kids that I hung out with really liked hip hop a lot. I’m not too knowledgeable about music of any kind but I had a lot of hip hop playing around me all the time, so I mean there’s no way it could not have influenced me.”

Listen to the interview and performances via NPR.org below the cut. (more…)

MuchMusic Interviews Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple spoke with MuchMusic about returning triumphant after a six year hiatus. They talked about the two versions of the new album after it was leaked, walking away from Sony Music, and the credit she gives to ‘Free Fiona’. muchmusic.com has since removed the audio.

On TV: Ricky Martin, Fiona Apple, Pussycat Dolls

Pop acts on television this week include Ricky Martin, who appears on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Monday, ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday, ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Thursday, and ‘Today’ on Friday; Fiona Apple, who performs on ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday; and the Pussycat Dolls, who perform on ‘The View’ on Thursday.

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