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On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks chall…

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks challenge! 

 ↳ Day 17. Favorite interviews

I didn’t pay attention and repeated the same prompt of day 06, so here are a few more of my all-time favorites:

• Dreams Unwind: Lana Del Rey In Conversation With Stevie Nicks

“Write your songs, but remember that we’re the ones that are here to lighten, to lighten life, to light the lanterns and the little fairy lights, and try to keep people going. We have to have hope. We have to believe that this will all end up okay and that we’ll all end up okay. Because we don’t do it, then who the hell is gonna do it?”

• Why I’ve gone my own way: On the edge of 70, Stevie Nicks addresses a few rumours… head on! 

“When I go up on that stage, that arena is my own personal house of love. And I’m going up there to tell these funny stories and to make people pump their fists in the air. I want to bring joy to these people.”

 Sisters of the Moon: Stevie Nicks and Haim 

“On the right-hand side of the page you write what happened that day, and on the left-hand side you write poems, so when you have an evening where you’re like, “I’m gonna light all the candles and I’m gonna put the fire on, and I’m gonna go sit at the piano and write,” you can dip into your diaries and instantly find a poem and begin. You want your journals written by hand in a book, because someday, if you have daughters . I don’t have daughters, but I have fairy goddaughters, thousands of them and all of these books are gonna go to them, and they’re gonna sit around just like we are now, and they’re gonna read them out loud, and they’re going to be able to know what my life was.” Then, pointedly, to Este: “And they’re not gonna find it in your phone.”

 Stevie Nicks: ‘I was so sick — I couldn’t shower. I almost died’ 

“A friend told me that when you retire, you get smaller. Small means old, so I fight it with a sword. I’ll be on stage, dancing around, thinking, ‘Now, let’s see… how old am I again? 110?’ And it blows my mind! But I would be so bored if I wasn’t doing this.”

• Stevie Nicks:  Mike Hosking radio interview 

“I just think it is such a very unromantic world now because everyone is either always on their phones, always on their computer, or always on their iPod. And I think, ‘Are you living your life? Living in the minute? Do you have to film everything? Take a breath and look at how beautiful it is around you.’”

• Stevie Nicks: ‘I Will Always Be That Gypsy’ 

“It’s really nice to know and people tell me that, and I feel a great amount of pride, but at the same time that person — basically the person I am onstage except in much better clothes and much better hair and with heels on — is really the same person I am sitting here right now. I’m pretty much the same person that I’ve always been. I’m nice part of the time and irritated part of the time; that’s really who I am, and I’ve never changed since I joined Fleetwood Mac.”
– On being called an icon.

Stevie Nicks reveals how she almost got kicked out of Australia for singing with Tom Petty

“Mick (Fleetwood) and I have actually adopted Harry Styles; he’s the very tall and handsome 23-year-old son we never had. We just love him; he’s really talented and he’s a nice guy with beautiful manners.”

• Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History 

“Part of me is feeling extremely old now, and part of me is feeling extremely young. Because I look at these pictures and realize I worried about things that I shouldn’t have been worrying about. Like the fact that I had little marionette lines around my mouth when I was 29, and I was complaining about them. I wouldn’t go out to the beach without a sarong from my neck to my ankles. Now I see a picture of myself from that era in a bikini and I’m like, “You looked great. And you missed out on a lot of fun vacations, because you were so sure that you were fat.” Spend more time in a bikini! All the little girls in their 20s, they’re terrified of looking like they’re not 16. And I’m like, “Oh, just get ready for what’s to come.” It’s going to be way harder for them. The world has become a much more vain place.”

• Stevie Nicks on the importance of being a romantic 

“To inspire people, to make people feel things—that’s why we do this. Maybe you want to make people sob the way we were sobbing the other night at the movies—me and two friends, all of us sobbing so hard we can’t even look at each other—that’s actually a really beautiful thing. If you can’t do that or if you can’t make somebody laugh and remember the first time they ever fell in love, then you should just stop. You should not destroy your former career by trying to keep things going if you don’t have it anymore and the work isn’t coming from the right place. You should just count your money and make investments in real estate and be done. That’s it. You should just go to do something else.”

 The ‘best’ is yet to come for Stevie Nicks 

“I write four or five times a week. I write a page or two and that’s where my poems come. If I have a day when all I do is drink coffee and read magazines and read Vogue and watch mindless TV that I love, I don’t write. I write the important stuff down.”

@siriusxm Radio: You might know the lyrics to …

@siriusxm Radio: You might know the lyrics to Rhiannon, but do you know the story behind the song? Stevie Nicks explained the inspiration for “the only song I’ve ever written about a celestial being.

Hear more on The Fleetwood Mac Channel (Ch. 30).

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks chall…

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks challenge! 

 ↳ Day 06. Favorite Interviews

“I like antiques, I love old things. I must be very old underneath because I love beautiful old things. I love dancing. I love most of all writing songs. I love animals!”

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks chall…

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks challenge! 

 ↳ Day 06. Favorite Interviews

An Afternoon With Stevie Nicks’ at the Hamptons Film Festival, 2012.

SiriusXM Streaming Radio: Listen Now | SiriusX…

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Silver Springs, Fleetwood Mac Live, Milwaukee,…

Silver Springs, Fleetwood Mac Live, Milwaukee, WI – June 24, 1976.

“There’s some really amazing songs on this album. There’s one called ’Silver Springs’ that has a lot in it about Christine and me. It’s very sad. It goes: “Your man is seeing another woman, did you say she was pretty, did you say that she loved you, I don’t want to know about it…” It’s really sad.
Then at the end it has a tremendous build up – “Time cast a spell on you, but you won’t forget me, I could have loved you but you wouldn’t let me, I’ll follow you down till the sound of my voice haunts you – you’ll never get away from the sound of the woman who loved you…"  That’s repeated over and over for about five minutes. By the end of it, you’re in tears, I’m screaming ”Give me just a chance, was I such a fool" and it’s just terribly sad.” 

It must be an extraordinary, cathartic experience to perform. 

“Yes, it brings me back always. But that’s good. When we did that once onstage, I almost did start to cry. When I wrote ‘Silver Springs’ I hadn’t written the part about “the sound of my voice”, and when I started doing a rough vocal, it just came out.
When I finished, everyone said, isn’t it strange that you would say that without thinking… 

Stevie’s voice wanders off, repeating the instinctively meaningful lyric almost to herself – “I’ll follow you down till the sound of my voice…“ rather than saying, you know, the memory of me, or my face, or something, I dwelt on the sound of my voice. 

“Because I suppose, as far away as Lindsey goes from me, he’ll never get away from the sound of my voice, ever. And John will never get away from the Christine’s voice. On a literal level. It’s very heavy.” – Sounds, October 1976.

Groupie Love: Lana Del Rey by Kim K, Stevie Ni…

Groupie Love: Lana Del Rey by Kim K, Stevie Nicks, Courtney Love, & More – L’Officiel:

Stevie: Dear Lana, are we planning on spending the summer in our fantastic apartments in the Hollywood sign? 

Lana: Stevie! Sweet angel! Yes don’t worry I’ve already began planning the summer but I was thinking we could spend half of our time on that boat we were talking (maybe shoot a video for “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.”) I was thinking we could kick it off on the Summer Solstice — what do you think? 

Stevie: Are we still going to have the fabulous dinners and parties? Long gowns required. (I realize no one will know what we’re taking about!) 

Lana: Yes to fab parties with long dresses, folk music, and all the most fun people in attendance. I started a guest list I’m going to send over to see what you think. (The men are the trickiest part.) Should we invite the local gossip columnists too or keep it low key? I was thinking open bar, but buffet-style only. Lots of twinkling garden lights on our shared deck. 

 Stevie: Have you enjoyed your new record Lust For Life and why, since it’s so different? 

Lana: I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed touring this new record and a lot of my happy feelings about it kicked off when I was talking to you and we were so on the same wavelength about how nice it is to turn a corner for the better. Obviously you have to really be changing to write a record that’s different from the rest of your discography, but it feels good to be slowly catching up in my personal life to some of the more cheerful sentiments I was writing about over the last two years.

Stevie Nicks Interview | Classic Rock Magazine

Stevie Nicks Interview | Classic Rock Magazine:

Stevie Nicks may appear to have a complicated and ambivalent relationship with Fleetwood Mac, but you’d be bard-premed to find a greater public proponent for the band. Since 1981 the writer and singer of Rhiannon, Dreams, Sara and many more has juggled a successful solo career alongside being in the group and has sometimes frustrated her bandmates with her priorities. But Nicks still swears allegiance to the Mac and is always ready to add a new chapter to the saga – when it fits. 

You maintain an active and successful solo career, as well as membership in Fleetwood Mac. What’s the agar of doing both? 

Solo work and Fleetwood Mac is a really great thing to be able to go back and forth to. You can do your own thing until you get bored and then you can go to the other thing and do that until you start to get bored, and then you can go back to the other thing. It helps you stay more excited and uplifted for what you do so you’re not just doing one thing year after year.

It keeps it fresh, in other words.
Basically, what we are is entertainers. When we go on stage we’re performers. That’s what we do. Even if this band had never made it big, we’d be playing all the dubs. So it isn’t a question of keeping it fresh, it’s that were doing what we love and we don’t have anything else, basically, to do. 

What’s the most difficult adjustment when you move between the two? 

From the very beginning, when I was seventeen, I wanted to be in a band. When you’re in a band you’re a team. When I’m in solo work, I’m the boss. I have gone back and forth about it in my head. I’ve decided I do like being the boss, but I’ve been in Fleetwood Mac for so long I understand how to not be the boss and be part of a team and a team player and it’s okay. Part of it knocks your ego down, makes you humble. So there’s a lot of good things about being in a band. 

Your solo commitments often seem to go on longer than they were initially expected to, which frustrates a lot of the band’s fans — and maybe your bandmates? 

A big band like Fleetwood Mac needs to get out of the spotlight, so that’s what we done. We should always be off the road for three years, because when we come back it’s an event. I think that’s very important. There’s a lot of famous bands and a lot of important people out, and you’re going to make a choice of which ticket to buy, and if you haven’t seen one of them for three years or more then that’s going to be at the top of the list. It feels more special. And being away from each other for three years is good. It really sets you up for a good time because everything’s new and everybody’s got new stories and everybody’s been doing crazy, different things, so when you walk into rehearsal that first day everyone’s really happy to see each other. If we toured every other year it wouldn’t be like that. 

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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘paid the same’ policy

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘paid the same’ policy:

(CNN) Rock icon Stevie Nicks believes the fight against sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the entertainment industry is going to require persistence. 

Everybody needs to not let this be a kind of big wave and just go away and say, ‘Oh well, you know, it’s over and nobody cares anymore,’” Nicks told CNN at the Recording Academy’s MusiCares event on Friday. “Everybody has to keep really fighting because otherwise women, we will be swept under the carpet yet again and it will just start over." 

The singer, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, said she and fellow bandmate, Christine McVie, did not experience much sexual harassment over the course of their meteoric careers. 

"I think I’ve been very lucky,”
she said. “And maybe it’s because when I joined Fleetwood Mac, Christine and I made a pact. We said we will never ever be treated like a second class citizen amongst our peers as we get more famous and more famous – and if we’re in a room with famous rock n’ roll stars that are men and they treat us that way, we will scream at them and then we’ll walk out." 

We’ve been a force of nature our entire career, so nobody has dared to step over that line to Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks,“ she continued. "I’m such a raging monster when I’m angry that it would have never worked, so I’m really glad I never had to run into that." 

As for the ongoing conversations about pay disparities between men and women in entertainment and across industries, Nicks said she’s in full support of those calling for pay equity.
"Fleetwood Mac has two women and we all get paid the same,”
She said. “And if we didn’t, Christine and I would be walking out the door.”

    ‘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.