Tuesday, September 23, 2008

hangin' on to you.

For various reasons, I have recently rediscovered my love of Fleetwood Mac. They aren't what I would normally listen to, but they were a staple at home growing up. I have always had a fascination with Stevie Nicks in particular and so I've decided to detail a couple of my favorite Fleetwood songs. I didn't pick the most popular or well known songs, but I picked those that are most aestetically pleasing to me at this time. Each of these songs have particular meaning in my life right now and happen to be written/performed by Nicks.

"I Don't Want to Know," Rumours (1977)
This song was written shortly after the dissolution of Nicks' relationship with fellow band member Lindsey Buckingham. It is easy to understand her perspective that even though things get crazy after a breakup, there is no real ill will between the parties. Future songs by both Nicks and Buckingham show a bit more animosity, but I love this song because it remains upbeat despite the adversity. Hand claps, jangly guitars, and tight harmonies define the tone. The catchy chorus brings it all together, saying, "I don't want to know the reasons why/ Love keeps right on walking down the line./ I dont want to stand between you and love,/ Honey, I just want you to feel fine."

"Gypsy," Mirage (1982)
With plucky guitars and a minimal but immaculate arrangement, the focus is kept on Nicks' haunting voice and lyrics. Gypsy has a very melancholic vibe to it, touching on loss, being alone, but also starting over. The repeating themes shown with the lyrics "And it all comes down to you,/ Well you know that it does,/ Well, lightning strikes...maybe once...maybe twice..." are clearly lamenting something, but leaving room for renewal. Nicks initially wanted to use this song for her solo debut, but it took on new meaning when her friend Robin Anderson died of Leukemia, and she kept it for Fleetwood Mac. The outro is an incredibly complex Lindsey Buckingham solo, which will probably hinder me in my quest to record a cover of this song.

Recommended Tracks From Stevie's First Solo Record- Bella Donna (1981):
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
"Think About it"
"After the Glitter Fades"

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