Lynn Cohen
I met Lynn on a film (The Romance of Loneliness) and fell in love with her craft and philosophy regarding acting and life in general.

Dory Previn
Dory Previn made seriously personal honest music, so much so that you sometimes feel like a voyeur when listening to her songs.

Bobbie Nelson
I can't be sure if I admire her or I'm just jealous of her being related to Willie Nelson, traveling in his band and playing the piano like she does.

Terry Gross
This is one seriously smart woman and I'm crazy about Fresh Air.

Kate Bush
Although she has disappointed me from time to time, she remains in my top five for her relentless creativity and the imagery she conjures in so many of her songs.

SEE IT: Singer-songwriter/actor Amy LaVere plays Mississippi Studios on Thursday, Sept. 15. 9 pm. $10. 21+.