It was just after she had seen the Twilight film New Moon while on tour in Australia. Stevie Nicks was so taken by the fated love story that she stole upstairs to her Melbourne hotel room and wrote a five-page essay about iconic love affairs.
She wrote about Bella and Edward, about Beauty and the Beast and about her own love story, between herself and her musical partner in life, Lindsey Buckingham, of Fleetwood Mac.
The similarities between their story and Bella and Edward's in New Moon were uncanny. A forbidden love. A love that cannot work, she describes it.
She went back to see the film to reflect on it again.
For this record, she worked closely with Stewart. "All the years of Fleetwood Mac, I would basically just give Lindsey a tape or a CD with a song on it and say you can produce it but don't change it," says Nicks. "I had never sat across the coffee table with a guy playing guitar in front of a fireplace and recited a poem and written a song in 10 minutes. This was really something new for me, and very exciting."
The fated fairytale began when a young Nicks met Buckingham at
“He was playing his guitar and singing and I walked up to him and started singing along with him, which is me being my brazen self,” she recalls. “And when it was over
Certainly Buckingham has not been the only love of her life but their relationship will always hold an exulted place for Nicks. When it broke down, a year after joining Fleetwood Mac, it was a devastating blow. That’s why Bella and Edward’s story resonated with her so much.
“I think, especially the New Moon story - the part when he left her, when he said, ‘I’m leaving you because you’re not good for me.’ And he was really leaving her because he was not good for her. And that really touched me, because that kind of thing happened to me. And in the movie when she’s sitting in the bay window and it goes ‘October, November, December’ and she’s still sitting there, I really went through that at one part in my life and it just brought it all back, flooding back.”
It’s a common story, to humanity and to fairytales.
“It’s just that forbidden love, love that cannot work. Whether it’s Beauty and the Beast - you fall in love with the noble and beautiful beast who is cursed, but no matter what he’s still a monster - or you fall in love with Edward, who’s beautiful and sensitive and sweet, but he’s still a monster. And when you really start looking at it that way, that’s the main underlying story in all fairytales. But sometimes it happens to you in real life.”
Being a songwriter, Nicks could filter her experiences through her art, but it also meant she would revisit it often, and she still had to see her ex-amour through work. Now she and Buckingham have a different relationship - one of good friends and collaborators.
“He came and played on my song, Soldier’s Angel, and he really saved the day on that one,” Nicks says. “And I think that really is a super tie between us because I think that song’s going to last forever. And it’s him and me. It’s as Buckingham-Nicks as we have been since 1973.”
Nicks is quite fatalistic, but says she could have seen her life on a different path. A mother in the suburbs on San Francisco, perhaps, had Buckingham-Nicks stayed there. But the unusual path her life did take, she considers was meant to be.
“I think that if in another world, if Lindsey and I had not moved to LA, if we had gotten a record deal in San Francisco, that it’s very possible that we would have gotten married and had kids and still been famous, and still done our music and been Buckingham-Nicks.”