.Australian Music.

Stevie Nicks, the ‘Gypsy Chanteuse’ 80’s babe.

On a hot summers day, a phone call came for Stephanie Nicks directed from interstate to her college dormitory room. She was sitting on the floor by her bed leaning up against her lace bed runner; and paper flowers rested on her bedside table. She got up from the floor and walked over to the clanging telephone; and answered. Two things were little beknownest to her at this very second in time. The first is that the man on the other end of the phone was the founder of one the most influencial and successful bands to date – Mick Fleetwood. The second is that her scene, situation and recent caller experience would be the material for one of the most successful and longest standing songs on American charts ever. One week later, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac.

I have seen / heard Stevie Nicks live with Fleetwood Mac, and upon hearing her conversational sounding voice, i am much obliged to comment that she sounds as angelic as when she sings. If only i knew her personally so that i could tell her she is an angel. She had a style that was fresh and original; that of a Gypsy. She dressed herself in flowing clothes, and would pose with tambourines and birds. Her lyrics were symbolic, tantalising and sharp to a point. Her musicality was flawless, and her improvisation and technique was immaculate.

The mind of the musical genius is a maze to me. Hearing and recognising talent must be a God-given gift, because i have no idea how Mick Fleetwood knew that Stevie would be as successful as she has been in her solo career and suit Fleetwood Mac as well as she did.

Stevie has an unusal voice. It sounds as a violin being played tremolo would; it has that quivering element. As far as female voices go, the tone colour of her voice is quite dark – not so much as to say that it is ‘husky’ or ‘breathy’, but the timbre of her voice is quite ‘low’ and ‘cold’  in comparison to the norm of female vocalists. Songs like ‘Gypsy‘, ‘Dreams‘ and ‘Sara‘ by Fleetwood Mac show off her amazing vocal technique. Just for fun, you should check out her hit single ‘Edge of Seventeen’ by herself – it’s up there with ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper.





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