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January 18, 2013: Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl and…

January 18, 2013: Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl and Rick Springfield at the premiere of ‘Sound City’ at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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January 17, 2012:  New York’s City Arts …

January 17, 2012:  New York’s City Arts named ‘Soldier’s Angel’ Song of the Year 

Song of the Year

by Ben Kessler 

Saluting Stevie Nicks’ “Soldier’s Angel”

Years from now, 2011 may be remembered as the year postfeminism produced poster girls for the status quo. Female-fronted hits such as the movie Bridesmaids and the TV show New Girl were hailed as breakthroughs, despite their unremarkable content. (Bridesmaids even showed up on some confused critics’ year-end best lists.)

Ironically, inordinate media attention turned this distaff escapist trend into a genuine threat to women’s cultural advancement. The “women in comedy” hype carries the suggestion that lucrative half-truths are the best female artists can hope to achieve; risking personal expression turns funny chicks into Debbie Downers.

My choice for best pop song of last year, Stevie Nicks’ “Soldier’s Angel,” points the way out of hype. As if responding to Bridesmaids and New Girl, Nicks shows us how 21st-century pop artists can speak truth and navigate politics.

In “Soldier’s Angel,” Nicks tells how her visits with wounded veterans at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital unsettled her as a woman, citizen and icon. Lindsey Buckingham’s resonant guitar notes ensure that the song is threaded through with dread in the face of mortality. Against this stirring backdrop, Nicks’ voice—scarred and pitted by time and trouble—expresses a veteran artist’s perseverance for inspiration.

Imagining how the soldiers to whom she ministers must see her, Nicks sings, “I am a soldier’s girlfriend as I look upon their faces/ They make me remember my first love/ Goin’ out to dances.” Buckingham’s presence as guitarist and background vocalist connects her romantic recollection to our collective Fleetwood Mac memories. As “smart” pop critics might say, Nicks “implicates the audience” in her healing mission.

The refrain of “Solder’s Angel” speaks of the “war of words between worlds” within which Nicks’ mission is enmeshed. This must refer to the partisan scapegoating that has infected American political discourse. While Hollywood entertainment like Bridesmaids and New Girl promises escape from political conflict, Nicks elevates the discourse to a philosophical, even spiritual plane.

“Soldier’s Angel” was a 2011 highlight, but it may resonate even more profoundly in this election year. As Nicks warns: “No one walks away from this battle.”

Stevie Nicks: The Fearless Artist Beneath the …

Stevie Nicks: The Fearless Artist Beneath the Lace and Chiffon – Inspirer:

(…) No one could blame her for wanting to shield her most precious thoughts and musings because the purity of those words and feelings have benefited so many through the years. From Rhiannon to Gypsy to Edge of Seventeen, Nicks has a way of sharing herself that hasn’t been replicated. After all, art should be original. And there hasn’t been a more original woman than Stevie Nicks. Whether she is mishearing Tom Petty’s wife talk about when they met and turning those words into Edge of Seventeen, or flipping a phrase from Reese Witherspoon and creating Cheaper Than Free, Nicks always has her mind and heart open and ready to receive the inspiration for a great song.

In a year so poised to shine a light on brilliant women, Stevie Nicks is a perfect place to start.

“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.

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February 8, 2014: Fleetwood Mac at the Monster…

February 8, 2014: Fleetwood Mac at the Monster Retailer Awards at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

January 8, 2014: ’The Magical Delights o…

January 8, 2014:The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks’ ♥

‘Gypsy’ and ‘Stand Back’, BS…

‘Gypsy’ and ‘Stand Back’, BST Hyde Park, 2017.

Landslide (Early version), Fleetwood Mac Delux…

Landslide (Early version), Fleetwood Mac Deluxe

Happy New Year from Stevie and Mick!

Happy New Year from Stevie and Mick!