• Twenty-two Twenty-eight

Throwback Thursday: "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

Landslide was written by Stevie Nicks in 1973. The song was first released as part of Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Stevie Nicks was in Aspen when she wrote the song. Stevie Nicks was at a crossroads with her career. She feared that all of her hopes and dreams of having a successful music career had ended—that she had failed at trying to be a successful singer/songwriter. During a snow storm, she wrote “Landslide.” She said that after writing “Landslide” she knew she had to keep on fighting for her dreams of being in the music business. Shortly after writing Landslide, she and Lindsey Buckingham were asked to join the English rock band Fleetwood Mac. (Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” by Lydia Hutchinson, May 26, 2013, performingsongwriter.com) Stevie Nicks also acknowledges that the song was about her father. Before her fateful trip to Aspen, she visited her father seeking his advice on whether or not she should continue to pursue a career in music, and he encouraged her to not give up but that he would support her no matter what she decided to do. (songfacts.com) The band The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song for their 1994 album Pisces Iscariot. They released it as a single where it rose to #30 on the U.S. Billboard chart. The Dixie Chicks covered “Landslide” in 2002 where it went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard chart. (songfacts.com)