Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Sheryl Crow

With a new CD, Wildflower, and her engagement to her bicycling boyfriend Lance Armstrong, whom she plans to marry next spring, pop-rocker Sheryl Crow has a lot making her happy these days.

ON HER NEW WORK ETHIC I had to adjust the way I approached my work because it was taking such precedence over my life. The last few years I've taken off more time, and it's really made my desire to work stronger.

ON GEORGE HARRISON'S INFLUENCE I've always loved him, and for me his passing was an epiphany moment. I had just begun meditating a lot, and he seems to have a presence on the stuff I've done since he passed away.

ON WEDDING PLANS We'd both like to have it outside. I find as much spirituality in nature as inside of a beautiful church. Our main objective is to make sure the kids feel like it's their wedding too. Lance has three small children.

ON WHEN SHE KNEW LANCE WAS THE ONE It was obvious after a month of dating that we were so good together. I've compared it to getting on the escalator with somebody and just riding up. We're so in sync. He's the picture of strength and control, and I'm the picture of sensitivity and vulnerability. I hope I inspire him the same way he inspires me.

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