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It's really hard to pick just three main music loves. But here are the most important ones, if I had to pick three.

  Tori Amos I'd have to say that Tori Amos is my favorite artist, and no question about it. I've been listening to her since 1998, and I've NEVER gotten tired of her music. Why do I love Tori so much? She has all the elements I look for in an ideal musician: a gorgeous voice; impressive talent at playing an instrument (she was a child prodigy at the piano, and is still a stunning pianist); amazing song-writing skills; a variety of instruments in her music (piano, guitar, drums, harpsichord, wurlitzer, strings, wind instruments, and sometimes even electronic beats, to name a few); and most importantly - original, emotional lyrics I can relate to. She really pushes the limits, and there's nothing too controversial for her to write about. Plus, I admire her for having survived traumatic events in her life (like rape, cervical cancer, and miscarriages) to be the dedicated musician, wife and mother she is today.

Tori is also the most CONSISTENTLY good artist I listen to. Her most recently released album, Scarlet's Walk (2002), is every bit as beautiful as anything she's ever done. Others, who think her music has gone downhill since her 1998 album From The Choirgirl Hotel (or even since 1996's Boys For Pele), may disagree. But although I have my favorites even with Tori, I'd try to save all seven of her albums if my house were burning down.

A Dent in the Tori Amos Net Universe - This is the best Tori news site out there, updated more frequently than any other.
Tori's offical site - Has information on her latest release, the concert DVD Welcome To Sunny Florida.
Here. In My Head - In my opinion, the best non-news fansite.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network - Tori helped to found this hotline for victims of sexual assault.
A Dent In Tori's Ass - because we should be able to laugh at what we love.


 
Top: A picture of Tori from her 1992 video "Silent All These Years." Bottom: Tori in 2001 or 2002.
  David Bowie MmmBowie. David friggin' Bowie. What can I say about him but he's a musical god? Those lyrics, those hooks, and that voice! Hunky Dory started my adoration for him, and now that album along with Aladdin Sane are among two of my favorites in my music collection. Plus he's fascinating to me as a person, and I love the androgynous look - c'est tres sexy. I think his 1970's work was his best, but 30 years later, at the age of 55, he's still touring and making great music (e.g. his two latest albums, Heathen and Reality). I am determined that I will, someday, see him live before either he croaks or I do!

Mr. Bowie's official site
Teenage Wildlife - An Interactive David Bowie Site
David Bowie Wonderworld




David Bowie in the 1970's (from the film The Man Who Fell To Earth), and David Bowie in 2002. Amazing how much he still looks the same, no?

  The Smashing Pumpkins

The original line up, left to right: James Iha (guitar), D'Arcy Wretzky (bass), Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar, lyrics), Jimmy Chamberlin (drums). From the photo shoot that spawned a cover of Rolling Stone magazine, circa 1995.