It is extraordinary that a voice can continue to have such a strong presence through unchanging words and that through music this message can continue to chronicle so much change in peoples’ lifetimes. Stevie has been singing the same songs since the 70’s. My parents love Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks so their music was played in my childhood and made it my music through repetition.
Ever hear a voice that echoes through your body and gives you chills? Ethereal and enigmatic qualities fill her voice as she sings. It takes me to a place beyond the common to a kind of haunted, mystical one. Much to my surprise her voice still sounds exactly like it did in those recordings. If the voice is akin to an instrument; she has kept hers fine-tuned.
Last Friday I checked out her show. Although she kept the show moving and her songs are hits with as much guts as any other songs out today; her stage presentation seemed like it got stuck in the days of yore. I guess how do you change your look if your music hasn’t changed in thirty years?
It seems to me that such a talented singer and songwriter would have continued to craft songs and play new music from her heart as a continued way to express her soul. I am sure she does; but if your first songs are spot on I guess your fans don’t want you to move on from them. Even though her songs are timeless as an artist it must get old singing the same songs each year, even if you only tour for a few months a year. I wonder why she is mostly known for her early music?
I couldn’t help but notice the banter and self-talk she infused her show with was slightly negative and self- depreciating. I was confused as to why and how such a talented woman can have the opportunity to become bored and lonely. I hope I never figure it out. You have got to keep it moving and fresh to stay alive and hungry!
Stevie Nicks has got a voice that resonates into my soul and even though I don’t listen to her music often it seems the words she uses create symbols and metaphors that evoke feelings which apply uniquely to each different set of life experiences I happen to find myself in as I listen along to her songs. This is a true testament to being a classic.
So, my question becomes: how do you keep up with the shifting seasons of life, moving through the winds of change, maintaining a sturdy, balanced, positive outlook while keeping the past, present and future in equal parts harmony. Practice my dear, practice.
Landslide, 1975 by Stevie Nicks
I took my love and I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
The Landslide brought it down
Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm mmm I don’t know
Well I’ve been ‘fraid of changing ‘cause I
Built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older, I’m getting older too
I’ve been ‘fraid of changing ‘cause I
I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder, children get older
I’m getting older too
I’m getting older too
Soo take this love, take it down
Ohh if you climb a mountain and you turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down, down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills,
Well maybe, the landslide will bring it down
Well well the landslide with bring it down