Wednesday, March 25, 2015

24 Karat Gold: My Favorite Lyrical Gems From Rock & Roll Queen Stevie Nicks...

It's no secret that I love Fleetwood Mac. And/or that I love Stevie Nicks even more. So in honor of my soul sister's latest album, '24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault...' rather than bore you with 24 paragraphs on why I'm obsessed with the queen of rock, her music, and (most importantly) her lyrics, I'll instead post my favorite Stevie life quotes. There's even a handful of song classics thrown in there between all the words of wisdom. You're welcome. 

Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn’t how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.
You said getting revenge is one reason it's good to be a writer..." -- "Yes, but you also have to be kind. Just because a relationship ended badly, and shitty things happened, you cannot tell that to the world. But you can write a song about it, in three verses and a bridge and a chorus, that tells the really magical moments.
You usually don't write songs about being super happy... When you write a song or a book, it's usually when someone walks away. I think that's the first moment you start to think about it not working out and you start to write. 

…To understand that things are taken away from you very fast and there’s nothing you can do. And you should really take advantage of people while they’re here because so quickly they can be gone. And friendship. And what friendship means. And what real love and real friendship means.


There are dreamers and there are realists... I am a dreamer.”


What has Rock and Roll ever done for us? Everything.


If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good. Something that seems really bad today is going to be better next week. And things you think are never going to go away soften with time.


There is a part of me that has to depend on fantasy, because if you can't be somewhat of a fantasy person, then you can't write.

My generation fought very hard for feminism, and we fought very hard to not be labeled as you had to have a husband or you had to be in a relationship, or you were somehow not a cool chick. And now I’m seeing that start to come around again, where people say to you, ‘Well, what do you mean you don’t have a boyfriend? You don’t want to have one? You don’t want to be married?’ And you’re like, ‘Well, no, I don’t, actually. I’m fine.’ And they find a lot of reasons why you’re not fine. But it just seems to be coming back. Being able to take care of myself is something that my mom really instilled in me. I can remember her always saying, ‘If nothing else, I will teach you to be independent.’ 
If I’m not vulnerable, I won’t ever write any more songs about vulnerability and then what am I doing? I need to help people. I need to make people believe that it's alright to be vulnerable and to be a little na├»ve and to still be sweet and kind and good.


There were times when I was between twenty and twenty-seven  when I joined Fleetwood Mac  that my dad would say, ‘How long are you going to do this? You have no money, you’re not happy, you work constantly, you work at restaurants, you clean houses, you get sick very easily, you’re living in Los Angeles, you don’t have any friends, why are you doing this?’ And I would just say, ‘Because it’s just what I came here to do.’


I think if you are really into words and poetry and situations of life, there is always a little kiss of sadness on everything you do… It’s just the kind of person who I am. I always look carefully beneath the outward appearance of things. I want to know what’s really going on in somebody’s heart.”

If you listen to the words to Bella Donna, you will realize that I’m not writing about a beautiful woman, I’m writing about the possibility of any woman not being beautiful anymore... And the woman becomes tired and the woman disappears. And you never thought your face would become thin, but it did. And it scared me. And I didn’t like it.  And I decided that I had to go out and do something alone without everybody that had surrounded me for a long time. And Bella Donna is really the symbol of that and when you turn over the album and it says ‘come in out of the darkness,’ was telling myself to come in out of the darkness. And it was a decision whether or not to remain in the darkness or not. And that’s really the significance of Bella Donna.


People really lose it when you sing "I'm getting older too" in "Landslide." Yet you were so young when you wrote that song..." -- "I was only 27 — 
I wrote that in 1973, a year before I joined Fleetwood Mac. You can feel really old at 27.





*quotes/articles/images courtesy of: 
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6266329/stevie-nicks-interview-on-don-henley-fleetwood-mac-24-karat-gold-album
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/stevie-nicks-fleetwood-mac-twirling-drugs-lindsey-buckingham-20141002
http://stevienicksofficial.com/news/233183
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3667803/Stevie-Nicks-a-survivors-story.html
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