Monday, March 06, 2017

Monday Night Music


Margot Kinberg said...

I really like Fleetwood Mac - great choice, Patti!

Todd Mason said...

I certainly remember the first time I heard one of our endless summer car trips, it came on the radio station that was playing, and my father moved to cut it off, but I asked to let it play. Presumably 1977.

Todd Mason said...

2. Stevie Nicks wrote "Dreams" in Sly Stone's bed.

Sessions at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California could be tedious affairs, with little for Nicks to do. To keep the boredom at bay – and to keep friction with Buckingham to a minimum – she often sought refuge in an unused studio down the hall that had been built for funk renegade Sly Stone. "I would take a electric piano with me, and my crocheting and my journals and my books and my art and I would just stay there until they needed me," she remembered in the 1997 documentary Classic Albums: Rumours.
By all accounts it was quite an inspiring space, done up in full-tilt Seventies style. "It was a black-and-red room, with a sunken pit in the middle where there was a piano, and a big black-velvet bed with Victorian drapes," she recalled in Blender. "I sat down on the bed with my keyboard in front of me. I found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on and wrote 'Dreams' in about 10 minutes." The simple repeated three-chord riff cast a hypnotic spell over an uncharacteristically dance-y groove.
Aware she had something special on her hands, she returned to Fleetwood Mac's workshop. "I walked in and handed a cassette of the song to Lindsey," she told The Daily Mail in 2009. "It was a rough take, just me singing solo and playing piano. Even though he was mad with me at the time, Lindsey played it and then looked up at me and smiled. What was going on between us was sad – we were couples who couldn't make it through. But, as musicians, we still respected each other."
The song would be the second single released from Rumours, second to Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way." Nicks would call the pair "twin songs," as they both chronicled the struggle to untangle their toxic romantic partnership from their wildly successful professional one.
"Even though 'Go Your Own Way' was a little angry, it was also honest," Nicks wrote in the liner notes to the Rumours reissue in 2013. "So then I wrote 'Dreams,' and because I'm the chiffony chick who believes in fairies and angels, and Lindsey is a hardcore guy, it comes out differently. Lindsey is saying go ahead and date other men and go live your crappy life, and [I'm] singing about the rain washing you clean. We were coming at it from opposite angles, but we were really saying the same exact thing."
While "Go Your Own Way," reached a respectable Number 10, it no doubt pleased Nicks when "Dreams" sailed all the way to the top of the Billboard charts. It remains Fleetwood Mac's only Number One single in the United States.