- "Music is a reflection of the images one has in one's mind, a drug of the spirit, a way of life between necessity and pleasure, like the air, the sea and the light."
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. The three greatest musicians to ever walk the face of the earth. Period.
Soul music for the masses. And great guys, too. Get When I Woke today!
The Moody Blues. Timeless music for the hippy in all of us. I caught them during one of their 50-piece orchestra tours, at an outdoor theater. Fantastic! I used the pic with Patrick Moraz, because he was with them the first time I saw them live.
A very cool Pittsburgh band. Grass roots rock 'n roll.
Also check out (not in any particular order, and updated regularly):
Kansas - One of the first bands I was into. Some of the old stuff is incredible. Anything done while Kerry Livgren was still with the band is great.
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville is listed in Rolling Stone's Essential 200 Albums list. An innovative chick.
King Crimson - Cool band, even after Greg Lake. Check out the Elephant Talk site.
Chris Rea - VERY classy, bluesy guy. If no-nonsense guitar and lyrics is your thing, you're already familiar with him. Road to Hell is a must have.
Stone Soup - Cool, fresh band out of Pittsburgh. The lead singer sounds frighteningly like Cat Stevens, and I could listen to him for hours.
10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant - Together or apart, I love them.
The Cranberries - Very passionate, very relevent. Delores I love you!
Carol Lee Espy - A very nice and very attractive lady from Pittsburgh. Just happens to be married to a drummer from Rusted Root. She writes very good folk-rock, and is smoother than Jewel (honest).
Paula Cole - Very impressive new talent. I got reeled in by Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?, but was blown away by the rest of her material, which she writes and produces herself.
Bush - I don't see them as Nirvana rip-offs, but an evolution to the next level...
Clannad - Magical Irish stuff. I loved the soundtrack work they did for the British Robin Hood series. Much better than any Kevin Costner thing!
Gemini 28 - A couple of crazy chicks from Pittsburgh. They're for-real identical twins, and they do Andrews Sisters-type harmony.
Garbage - Romance from the dark side.
Eric Johnson - One of my favorite guitarists. This guy has the sweetist-sounding axe I've ever heard.
Joe Satriani - Another great guitarist; a little grittier than Eric.
The Cardigans - Cute stuff from Sweden. I loved their cover of Iron Man.
Ice Cream Headache - I seem to have lost their Website. These guys are amazingly creative, especially considering the fact that they come from gritty 'ole Pittsburgh. And they really seem to under-rate themselves. Hey Griff - Fire in the hole!
Berlin - Terri Nunn is the most sensuous woman in rock and roll, and she's back!
Mike Oldfield - Ever changing, ever-evolving, and the music stores have no idea how to categorize him!
Mannheim Steamroller - I was with these guys since about Fresh Aire 5, and the yuppies think they discovered him; right!
Bruce Cockburn - I noticed that he's classified as C&W music(!) Well, he does some great lyrics about political stuff...
Enya - More magical Irish music. She's a masterful studio technician as well as a beautiful singer.
Genesis - I've been a fan since the Gabriel days, and stayed a fan ever since.
Deep Purple - Get Made In Japan, and you'll find out what this band is really made of!
Jim Croce - The loss of this man cannot recovered. He wrote straight from the heart, and who knows where he could've gone if he'd been allowed to stay with us...
Neil Young - What an amazing talent! If you haven't seen the unplugged, one-man show he did, rent it! Rust Never Sleeps was aptly included in Rolling Stone's 200 must-have albums.
Pink Floyd - Of course, Dark Side of the Moon is an essential, but I really like Wish You Were Here, and The Wall will (hopefully) be recognized by future generations as one of the greatest accomplishments in modern music.
Verve Pipe - A great new band. I hope these guys can continue the momentum generated with The Freshmen.
Jackson Browne - Late For the Sky was also listed in Rolling Stone's essential 200 list, and rightfully so; it's definitely his best work, and really takes me back. Fountain of Sorrow is his crowning achievement.