Friday, October 28, 2016

Stevie Nicks - Edge Of Seventeen

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am crazy about Stevie Nicks. And believe me, no one is more surprised than myself, that I haven't built a Stevie Nicks video before now.
I first saw Fleetwood Mac in 1977 right after the release of their Rumors album. Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood,, John McVie, and Christi Mcvie all seemed to dissolve while Stevie Nicks seemed to keep illuminating more and more until I was convinced she was an angel. I was 16 years old, and I fell head over heals in love with her.
The Edge Of Seventeen is one of my favorite songs by Stevie Nicks, mainly because of the admiration and respect I have always had for John Lennon.
She wrote this song about the death of her uncle Bill and the death of John Lennon. 
I cut and edited a lot of clips from the original Edge Of Seventeen video footage, and then incorporated some vintage John Lennon clips I cut from various film footage to pay tribute to John Lennon, as the original video should have done to begin with. I also incorporated the scene where Stevie is "running up the stair and down the hall" as a respect for her Uncle as well. The end result is what I think is a very respectful tribute video, that I think Stevie Nicks herself would fully approve of should she happen to ever see the video.

The line about the "Words from a poet and a voice from a choir" refers to Lennon.
Speaking about the song in commentary for her Live In Concert video recorded on her Bella Donna tour, she explained: "I was in Australia when John Lennon was shot. Everybody was devastated. I didn't know John Lennon, but I knew Jimmy Iovine, who worked with John quite a bit in the '70s, and heard all the loving stories that Jimmy told about him. When I came back to Phoenix I started to write this song."

"Right when I got to Phoenix, my uncle Bill got cancer, got very sick very fast, and died in a couple of weeks. My cousin John Nicks and I were in the room when he died. There was just John and I there. That was part of the song when I went running down the hallways looking for somebody - I thought where's my mom? Where's his wife and the rest of the family? At that point I went back to the piano and finished the song."
Speaking further in her video commentary, Stevie Nicks spoke about the "white-winged dove" and what this song means to her: "It became a song about violent death, which was very scary to me because at that point no one in my family had died. To me, the white-winged dove was for John Lennon the dove of peace, and for my uncle it was the white-winged dove who lives in the saguaro cactus - that's how I found out about the white-winged dove, and it does make a sound like whooo, whooo, whooo. I read that somewhere in Phoenix and thought I would use that in this song. The dove became exciting and sad and tragic and incredibly dramatic. Every time I sing this song I have that ability to go back to that two-month period where it all came down. I've never changed it, and I can't imagine ending my show with any other song. It's such a strong, private moment that I share in this song."

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