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Storms ( Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks Cover ) (Version Three) 10.29.09

Fleetwood Mac Rumours is in my all-time top ten albums, sitting at either number one or number two, depending on whether or not I feel like putting the Beach Boys Pet Sounds in the number one or number two slot on any given week. Having said that, their 1979 follow-up, Tusk, keeps rewarding me with every listen.

I was very aware at an early age that there were three principal songwriters in the definitive version of Fleetwood Mac, and I found it hard to decide which songwriter I liked better. But as a performer, Stevie Nicks ruled, and I absolutely adore her.

Storms was always my favourite song out of all the great songs Stevie Nicks wrote. It’s on the level of Landslide, Dreams, Leather And Lace, Edge Of Seventeen, Enchanted, and After The Glitter Fades. There is something raw about the emotions conveyed in the lyric. Someone was hurting, enduring the end of an emotional love affair gone wrong, trying to make sense of it all. I related to the sentiment. I never knew who she was writing about. Lindsey? Don Henley? I didn’t care. The song spoke to ME.

I don’t play guitar, but when I was playing this song on piano, I tried to approach my playing like I was finger-picking a guitar. I was thinking of Lindsey Buckingham‘s style of playing when I played this piece.

In this third version, I brought the register down by a full tone, from D to C. Makes a difference for me. I don’t have to strain as much in the high notes.

No scarf this time. Laundry night. lol

I noticed on YouTube that people were capturing Stevie do this song live on their current tour, so I hope more people get to know this song. It’s not as familiar to people as it should be, but it’s no less a classic than say Gypsy or Rhiannon.

I did two prior versions of this song, which frankly, were out of my range, but I’ve decided to leave them up for now.

STORMS ( FLEETWOOD MAC STEVIE NICKS COVER ) (VERSION ONE) 10.26.09

STORMS ( FLEETWOOD MAC STEVIE NICKS COVER ) (VERSION TWO) 10.26.09

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