I'm new here, but I've been a fan since the Letterman appearance. Here is my list:
4. Say Uncle
7. Whatever You Want
8. The Tower
9. The Last Snowfall
10. No Gringo
14. Hope on Fire
17. My Medea
18. Lullabye for a Stormy Night
20. Green Island Serenade
Gravity is Number 1 because it was, quite simply, my introduction to her music. I have been a fan of David Letterman since 1982, and I was watching the January 20, 2003 episode of the Late Show. By the time Vienna Teng was introduced, I was busy wrapping things up for the evening - putting my papers away, tidying up a bit, etc. I remember vaguely hearing Dave say the words "television debut," and remember hearing the first few notes of her piano and thinking "hmm, this sounds nice." But once Vienna sang the first two words of the song, "Hey Love," I dropped everything I was doing and sat down and watched and listened to the whole song, and I don't think I blinked once. These were the days of the VCR, and I used to tape the Late Show every night in case I missed an episode. So I rewound the tape and watched again. And again. The first thing that caught me was the clarity and utter beauty of her voice.. almost like "where is that voice coming from?" On a second viewing, I was struck by her piano playing. On a third run-through, and remembering that this was her "television debut," I looked at her in amazement, because this had to be the biggest moment of her career to this point, but she barely betrayed any nervousness, and even looked out and smiled at the audience and the camera during the performance. I remember smiling at the little dance she and Dave did as he tried to get her to stand next to him and face the camera after she had finished. And, she got a hand kiss, which, as fans of the Letterman show know, is kind of a big deal (recent Letterman events notwithstanding). Those were my thoughts on January 20, 2003. I went out and bought Waking Hour as soon as I could, and she was kind enough to sign it at a show in NYC. As an aside, now that I know the full story, it appears that Paul Shaffer and the CBSO learned that song the day it was performed - which makes me admire Mr. Shaffer and co. even more than I did before. Sorry to be so long-winded, but that's why Gravity is #1 on my list. It is very difficult to put them in order and to leave some amazing songs off the list.
Can't wait to see the shows at Joe's Pub next month.