Sarah McLachlan Her music reminds me of old San Francisco stuff — of bands that played the Fillmore, Winterland and Avalon Ballroom. She also reminds me of Janis Joplin, though she doesn’t sing anything like her.

“Crosby, Stills and Nash” (ATLANTIC) The album with the three of them on the cover. It’s very romantic for me. I was in college, and you could hear it for days out of all the sororities and fraternities at San Jose State.

“Vindication” Frances Sherwood (FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX) It’s about Mary Shelley. She had a wild affair with Lord Byron, a very strange man. I’m fascinated how she stayed sane and did such beautiful writing, though her mind was wrapped up in a totally crazy guy.

“Where the Streets Have No Name” U2 (ISLAND) That’s how touring is. You go up and down a thousand streets, and you have no idea where you are.

The Wave (KTWV LOS ANGELES) I listen to alternative instrumental jazz. I have trouble getting to sleep, so I listen for hours before finally falling off.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” Candy Dulfer (RCA RECORDS) Really beautiful because it’s just like Bonnie Raitt singing, except it’s a saxophone.

“Diary of a Drug Fiend” Aleister Crowley (BUCCANEER BOOKS) He weaves a story that nearly becomes a film. And you have to figure out why you use drugs. And the reasons the reasons that come up are so lame.

“Court and Spark” Joni Mitchell (ASYLUM) A very big influence. My relationship with Lindsey [Buckingham] was coming to an end. Not only was it music I loved to listen to, but she really helped me put everything into perspective. She wrote songs that were perfect for me while I was trying to figure out what I was going to do.

Arizona I was born there. There’s something about the desert that’s very healing for me. You have to slow down and take better care of yourself.

Stevie Nicks / Rolling Stone / July 14, 1994 – July 28, 1994 (Issue 686/687, p32)