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Stevie onstage in 1976.

Stevie onstage in 1976.

“I think that every girl — and boy, if y…

“I think that every girl — and boy, if you so choose — should take some ballet. Because ballet gives you grace. It gives you the ability to work with your hands. It’s all about your hands, you know. And I can captivate with my hands. And I do it onstage. It’s like, it’s magic. And I learned that all in ballet. And you know, I can go into a, I went into a ballet class probably 10 years ago. And I mean, God, I haven’t taken a ballet lesson since I was, you know, like in the 9th grade. And this dancer lady goes by and she goes, “See this woman has a really good technique.” Because I learned that. And so that’s what I take onstage. I don’t dance around that much onstage. I just do a little bit of kind of ballet, you know. And it’s fun, and it works. And all people should learn how to do that. Because it makes you graceful. And I think being, having grace and being graceful is very important.” – Stevie Nicks, South by Southwest Music Festival, 2013.

    ‘Rhiannon’ is indeed a magical kind of son…

    ‘Rhiannon’ is indeed a magical kind of song. Not only because the actual 45 is lilting, haunting, and exquisite but also in terms of how it came to realisation. ‘Rhiannon’ is the name Stevie read in a book called ‘Triad’ by a woman named Margaret Righter.


“She’d really like to think that I got the story from her, but I didn’t. Her Rhiannon is evil and mine is really good. ‘Triad’s’ about a modern lady with two personalities, and has nothing to do with history. I just fell in love with the name, sat down, and wrote the song in about ten minutes, and found out later that the whole story is already written in Celtic mythology, Welsh mythology. It’s very strange… and Rhiannon onstage is very, very weird.”

    Ever heard of the collective unconscious? I think I’ve got the phrase right – it’s all about a shared racial/tribal memory, kind of a shared reference file of information referring back to pre-history and beyond. Like Bunny Wailer says, "we are reincarnated souls from time to time”; if that’s so and Stevie very definitely thinks it is, then what could be more natural than that something you’d never even been aware was filed away should suddenly turn up in your conscious mind? Walt Whitman puts it thus: “I was there…” Stevie puts it like this: “I’m sure that I was there at the time, and Rhiannon somehow came through me.”

    The following chain of inter-related events backs up Stevie’s theory. “I started collecting butterflies in L.A., after I’d joined the band, and Rhiannon was recorded. Then, a year and a half later, somebody gave me this book. I’d never read anything on Rhiannon at the time. This book was called ‘The Song of Rhiannon’, and there’s a picture of her at the beginning. She’s sitting like this; she has really long flowing hair, and out of her mouth is flowing butterflies.”


"You turn the book over and there’s these little nooks and crannies and there’s butterflies on all the ledges… and I’m going, this is very strange.”
There’s further links involving visions of “corridors, high ceilings, stone doors opening and closing, echoes…” seen by a student at a gig, who later researched a thesis into ‘Rhiannon and related subjects’ which bore out Stevie’s lyrics so exactly that she applied to Stevie for further information.

    “I said, Lindsey, I’ve never read any of that stuff, but it’s all there in the song. I figure I really didn’t need to read it, I just think I was around at some point.” I won’t elaborate; I know that if, like me, you believe in those kind of supernatural things you’ll believe it, and if you don’t you won’t.

– Sounds, October 30, 1976.

Thanks to @headersonline for the beautiful graphic.

Lindsey Buckingham during the recording of Rum…

Lindsey Buckingham during the recording of Rumours in 1976.

Fleetwood Mac Live, 1976

Fleetwood Mac Live, 1976

“Christine did it for me one night (the …

“Christine did it for me one night (the green highlights), she’s really good at that kind of thing. We both sat around for hours with our hair in little bits of tinfoil.” – Stevie Nicks, 1976

Stevie and Lindsey at the Sound City Studio in…

Stevie and Lindsey at the Sound City Studio in 1976.

Fleetwood Mac Live, 1976

Fleetwood Mac Live, 1976

Fleetwood Mac, 1976.

Fleetwood Mac, 1976.