Lindsey - M Music & Musicians (September 2011)

For most of the last decade Buckingham has focused on solo work while embarking on the occasional Mac tour (most recently in 2009). For his new Seeds We Sow, he embraced a true do-it-yourself approach, recording in his home studio and playing nearly every instrument himself. The result reflects the peace Buckingham has found with his wife of 10 years and the couple’s three children. “The whole experience of what I’ve done for all these years has had an element of strangeness,” he admits. “That was true onstage and off, until I was lucky enough to meet my wife. My personal life has never been more solid and grounded.” Buckingham spoke to us from his home in Los Angeles.

What was making Rumours like?

Stevie and I had just broken up, so I had to push certain emotions aside. It was an exercise in denial and in compartmentalization with regard to feelings. It was clear that the band had a calling—the album prior to Rumours had done very well [1975’s Fleetwood Mac], and there was a destiny we had to fulfill. We were poised for success and we had to follow through on that no matter what. Normally, when you break up with someone, there’s a requisite period of time apart. It’s not normal to have to see that person every day without having any sort of closure. But that was the situation Stevie and I found ourselves in. I had to do the right thing for her, when on some level I was actually helping her to move further away from me. That was difficult.

How is Fleetwood Mac doing?

One of the things you can say about Fleetwood Mac is that we always have interpersonal things to work on. And that’s probably because for so long we were in close quarters without having a chance to work on those things in a healthy way. That’s been true of Stevie and me for years. There are things that are still evolving and improving within the band, and for Stevie and me, those were a long time coming. Actually it’s nice, after all this time, to feel that there’s still somewhere to go.