This beautifully rich and luxurious song is one of the mainstays of that success. It stands among the most performed Fleetwood Mac songs and is a pivotal moment of their live show. Nicks wrote the song while staying in Colorado, Aspen and while the focus of the track can feel like a lost lover, Nicks is actually pining for a career she thinks may truly be lost. Neither of which posed much of a dream come true for the singer who had, in some small doses at least, seen the shining lights of fame and fortune. So they rehearsed and left, and I made a choice to stay in Aspen. We stayed there for almost three months while Lindsey was on the road, and this is right after the Buckingham Nicks record had been dropped. And it was horrifying to Lindsey and I because we had a taste of the big time, we recorded in a big studio, we met famous people, we made what we consider to be a brilliant record and nobody liked it laughs.
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Originally a blues band, the group was as famous for its revolving door of guitarists and vocalists as it was for its handful of FM hits, making it hard to develop a familiar signature sound. Nicks has said in interviews that the song was about her romance with Buckingham and their career struggles, as well as her relationship with her business-executive father. And one verse contains questions that most of us ask ourselves at one time or another:. Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love? Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life? In the Smashing Pumpkins, unlikely as it may seem, had a minor acoustic hit with the song. Chat in
It was first featured on the band's self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac. The original recording also appears on the compilation albums 25 Years — The Chain and The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac , while a live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot chart and 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Nicks says she wrote this song while contemplating going back to school or continuing on professionally with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Their album Buckingham Nicks had been dropped by Polydor Records before they could release a follow up.
I wrote it Landslide for Lindsey - for him, about him. It's dear to both of us because it's about us. We're out there singing about our lives. It was written in at a point where Lindsey and I had driven to Aspen for him to rehearse for two weeks with Don Everly. Lindsey was going to take Phil's place. So they rehearsed and left, and I made a choice to stay in Aspen. I figured I'd stay there and one of my girlfriends was there. We stayed there for almost three months while Lindsey was on the road, and this is right after the Buckingham Nicks record had been dropped. And it was horrifying to Lindsey and I because we had a taste of the big time, we recorded in a big studio, we met famous people, we made what we consider to be a brilliant record and nobody liked it laughs. I had been a waitress and a cleaning lady, and I didn't mind any of this.