I seem to gravitate toward musicians who are great artists on their own, as well as in a band. One of those is Stevie Nicks, who is also one of the great members of Fleetwood Mac. She’s an artist that started at the bottom and worked her way to the top both professionally and personally. She’s an artist who never lost faith in herself. Many of the songs of Fleetwood Mac she wrote or had a big hand in creating. She wrote her own materials as well as working with others. When she wasn’t touring with Fleetwood Mac, she toured as a solo artist.
She started her career with Lindsey Buckinginham as Nicks and Buckingham. They signed on to Fleetwood Mac and while they didn’t hold their relationship together, they remain good friends. She was rumored to have many a Hollywood romance with several artists, of which I can’t say whether they are true or not, but they are the same people she went on to create beautiful music and hit songs with.
I remember as a little girl watching her on stage, mezmorized by her cat like movements, distinctive voice and unusual dress. I loved her costumes and enjoyed her singing. In my tweens I danced and sang to Edge of Seventeen and in my teens loved Stand Back.
Stevie Nicks has had duets with Don Henley (Leather and Lace), Kenny Loggins (Whenever I Call You Friend), Tom Petty (Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around) and more. Then of course if you’re a music fan you know all about Fleetwood Mac and their epic hits.
It’s no secret that Stevie Nicks struggled with various additions and checked in to Betty Ford for help. While she did get a wake up call to send her to rehab, she wasn’t forced into it like many of today’s celebrities who have gone off on tirades or been nailed for drunk driving. The driving force behind her recovery was herself and I find that commendable.
I have to admire someone that believes in themself enough to work hard, work to the point of exhaustion, but still achieve their goals. Living life to the fullest is a lesson we can all stand to learn.