I tell people all the time that they should keep a journal, even if it’s just, ‘I had a terrible day today and I don’t want to talk about it, love Stevie,’ or 'I dreamt last night…’ Even if it’s just three sentences because at the end of five or six days, you would have created a habit and you will find that over a month that you have a whole story growing. Whether it’s just for your own memories, so you can go back at any age, or if you are a writer or a singer, or some part of the creative business. You can be creative, anyone can be creative if they want to, you just have to want to.
I think it’s really important that we work on challenging the current discourse that is built up around ageing, especially when it comes to women. When we find ourselves saying things like, “wow, she doesn’t look 66″ or “I can’t believe she’s still doing that at her age”, it’s time to reevaluate and think what that implies about our perception of getting older. How should a 66 year old look? What is it that’s wrong with looking 66? Why are we writing people off at a certain age and then acting like a handful of people are the exceptions? My grandma wears make up better than anyone I know. Jane Fonda is still protesting at 79. Stevie Nicks and Joan Baez are still rocking at 69 and 76. Hillary Clinton ran for president at 69. Iris Apfel is 95 and I’ve never seen anyone more stylish. Clearly it’s time to revise our stereotypes and acknowledge that age should not be the first thing we think about when we measure a person. Give everyone a break.
There is a part of me that isn’t available to the public, except in my songs. When I’m writing I really do strive to be totally honest. I never make up a song. They either come right from my journals or straight out of my head because of something that is happening. It’s always been important to me that people think of me as more than just a ‘tune-sayer’.
Anyone else have song in their head play like a playlist during assignments or exams to help keep them motivated or focused? Mine as of now are Seven wonders by Fleetwood Mack, Stronger sung by Britney Spears, Sissy That Walk by Rupaul, I’m a Hex Girl by the Hex girls, and etc.
Is Stevie ever going to publish her journals? Or are they available to read somewhere now?
Hey anon, I have no reason to believe she’ll ever publish her journals. Some years ago this is what she had to say about the type of book she could see herself publishing:
“I am not
ever gonna write that kind of book (a tell-all autobiography). If I ever write a book,
it will be vignettes, it will be, you know, the day I joined Fleetwood Mac, it
will be the day I met Lindsey, it will be the day I decided to do a record with
Dave Stewart. It will be the magical moments.“
This is from The New York Times magazine in 2014:
“So began a lesson in journaling: On the right-hand side of the page you write
what happened that day, and on the left-hand side you write poems, so when you
have an evening where you’re like, “I’m gonna light all the candles and I’m
gonna put the fire on, and I’m gonna go sit at the piano and write,” you can
dip into your diaries and instantly find a poem and begin. “You want your
journals written by hand in a book, because someday, if you have daughters — I
don’t have daughters, but I have fairy goddaughters, thousands of them — all of
these books are gonna go to them, and they’re gonna sit around just like we are
now, and they’re gonna read them out loud, and they’re going to be able to know
what my life was.”
Of course all I have is my own interpretation but I think Stevie likes hyperboles and by “thousands of them”, I believe she means her actual goddaughters and the many girls and women she’s lovingly taken under her wing, but not us fans.
You can find a few of her journal entries here, here and here.
“Once in a great while, a friend comes along, that perfect person that simply brings joy to your life and never asks for very much in return. Those friends think they give you nothing because what they do give you is SO precious that sometimes it can hardly ever be seen. And so it goes the way of all beautiful things, sometimes unappreciated for their souls, because after so many years there aren’t even words anymore. We simply wear tiny crystal antennae at all times. (I hope our Lily of the Valley understands this someday)”
‘If you are waiting for Lindsey to show up,’ Miss Nicks said to radio contest winners who asked if he would show up for the party, 'then you’ll probably wait a long time. Believe me, I know all about waiting for Lindsey.’
August 24, 1977. One more time, on the plane. As usual, Lindsey is his usual asshole self. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that Lindsey and I are at an end. So sad to see good love go bad. Seattle. Worried about Christine. Wishing some spiritual guidance would come from somewhere. Where are the crystal visions when I need them?‘
Stevie Nicks reading from her journal, November 1997