Allow me a personal moment here, at the end of the day, as it is Tori Amos’s 48th birthday. I figured, since I gave Madonna a birthday post last week, and I really don’t care about Madonna ALL THAT MUCH, that I should do the same for Tori. She’s got a new record coming out in a few weeks, and I started last week’s Random Ten with one of the songs from that. But I think that, for her birthday, I’d rather post a couple of the songs that have meant the most to me over the years, starting with the one I heard at age eleven, and that has carried me many times over the years, “Silent All These Years.” I think many of us can relate to that title, and to this song.

“Putting the Damage On” has meant a lot to me this year.

And how about a couple covers? Playing Tom Waits’ “Time” on Letterman just after 9/11.

And I was just listening to this last night. Tori’s beautiful cover of “Landslide.”