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Song of the Day: Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”

Fleetwood Mac has been responsible for some great music over the years.  I’ve always been especially partial to the songwriting of Steve Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.  They are formidable talents in their own right, but together seem to raise the bar even higher.  It’s definitely a case of 1+1 =3. 

Stevie Nicks is more than a pretty face and her singing and songwriting prowess continues to stand the test of time as she continues to age gracefully.  Her voice may have become more strained through the years but her ability to infuse real feeling through her singing only gets better.

Lindsey Buckingham is not only an equally adept songwriter but his virtuoso guitar playing and producing abilities rarely get the credit they deserve.  He has the rare gift of being able to enhance upon other people’s ideas and make them better while also bringing his own superlative content to the table.  It saddens me that more people haven’t heard his recent solo efforts which are quite extraordinary.

The rest of the band isn’t too shabby either.  Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass create a great rhythmic backdrop to the music by creating a solid foundation on which the others build.  Christine McVie’s steady keyboard playing and songwriting skills are equally impressive.  There is a simple elegance about her and the way she contributes to the musical mix.

At times, the strong egos, frayed relationships, and passions have been too much for them to stay together but the group always seems to reunite and rekindle their past magic.  I guess they are smart enough to realize that they were lucky enough to find something special with and through each other as artists.  Sometime you can’t run from your legacy, so you might as well embrace it.

The songLandslide has always been a personal favorite.  Like all great songs it grows and changes with you as you do the same.  The meaning transcends any one point in time.  What this song first meant to me many years ago when it was first written is much different from how I view it today – it resonates on a much deeper level.  I am also a fan of the video which shows Lindsey and Stevie’ seemingly enjoying one another’s company and reveling in the moment in a very personal way.  It’s nice to think that they can still be friends after all they’ve been through together and put the pain of the past behind them.  Isn’t that what life is all about?


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