I have existed for more than 24 years but I just recently became a fan of Stevie Nicks. This isn’t just a sign that my music taste has become better.
I couldn’t be more happier that her lyrics have caught on me now.
I have always liked the song Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems, which is Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey’s first collab on the latter’s album, Lust for Life. However, when I listened to Bella Donna, I just became… awestruck by Stevie.
And the woman may be awestruckStevie Nicks, Bella Donna
And the woman may truly care
But the woman is so tired
So the woman disappears
There was just something special in that song. It was like hearing a bird that took flight after being caged. And after digging in Google and reading her history with Fleetwood Mac, I was right.
Reading her interviews, I can’t help but feel amazed by her talent, her ideas, her poetry—the images she paints with her lyrics. I was enamored by her songs’ energy.
This woman clearly puts importance to creativity and to a life full of it.
However, her pragmatism awes me the most. Behind that image of mystic energy, witch goddesses, and frilly dresses, I see a pragmatic woman.
In one article about her by The Guardian, Stevie shared about the hurdles of Hollywood—in particular, navigating an industry dominated by men in the 70s. Nevertheless, it’s nice to hear that a woman can be unapologetically individualistic and feminine—and still give credit to her male peers.
On one hand, she reminisced the struggle of being your own woman in the male-dominated rock music industry. On the other hand, she acknowledged the advantage of being around men—the harmony of doing collaborations and exchanging musical insights.
And for that, I admire Stevie Nicks.
I am pretty fearless, and you know why? Because I don’t handle fear very well; I’m not a good terrified person.Stevie Nicks
She’s not one without flaws, of course; but you can never conclude that the woman is not living her authentic self.
That’s why, as a 24-year-old creative, I am more than happy to have become a fan of Stevie.
At this age, people will always have something to say about what I do with my life. They will say something about my career choice. They will say something about having a family. They will say something about my confidence.
They will say many things.
Their opinions can’t single-handedly water down my courage to pursue my vision; however, I can’t say that they don’t have the ability to poison my mind.
That’s why as much as I can, I surround myself with people who can motivate me to live my true potential. I don’t want to be held down by people’s projections of their insecurities, wrapped in advice and backhanded compliments.
Now, I believe that having an idol such as Stevie will help me protect my vision. Her being is an true inspiration to a creative like me.
Seeing her pursue her true calling without giving in to society’s pressures back then, I am motivated to do the same, too.