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If we were having coffee today, on March 25th, I’d be gushing nonstop about who I saw in concert just Thursday night: Stevie Nicks! I can’t help it, it is so much on my mind and I was really impressed by it!
Never mind that the Pretenders didn’t show because Chrissie Hynde was ill. We were there on time and waited an hour as there was no other opening band. That was alright, though, once Stevie showed up on the stage. Was I impressed by her music? You bet! She sounded just as good as she did the first time I heard her when I was either twelve or thirteen, back in the early 80’s, which brings a serious wave of nostalgia washing over me.
I got my first radio when I was about twelve. Her songs were some of the first that I heard on that radio. I set my morning alarm to wake me with music. “Landslide” and “Leather and Lace” were a few of her songs I remember most. “Stop Draggin my Heart Around” was another, which, to my delight, she sang at her concert! I recall being an awkward 12 or 13- year-old who felt unattractive with unwanted baby fat. I remember Mom and Dad had been split up for about a year, and I didn’t feel too great about that. Dad married someone else, and I saw him as a betrayer for a while. Yet, I missed him. I have to credit him with something important, though. He bought me a set of classic books that Christmas, including Little Women and Great Expectations which I tore into right away. The love of reading has been impressed upon me forever and encouraging me to read such classics was such a wise move.
I hadn’t thought about these books in a little while, but Stevie Nicks took me back in my head to that time of my life. These classic books impressed upon me the selflessness of love. Stevie Nick’s music impressed upon me the mystery of love. “Leather and Lace,” in my opinion, was the perfect example of true love. One more thing I remember from that time era was the long sweaters. A few people actually wore such sweaters to the concert. Someone even wore a cape in true Stevie Nicks’ style. I love it, even though I am a slave to comfort and wore a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. I enjoyed the crowd, though; it too was very nostalgic. I’m sure people loved digging out their styles from 1980!
In between songs, Stevie gave us some back story to what inspired her to write them and what was going on in her life at the time. She has a sense of humor and a way with words! She played some songs for us that she calls part of “the sad, Gothic box of lost songs.” I feel just the same about some of my poems and writing. It was awesome to hear these songs! We got to hear a little about the cape she was wearing, a 35-year-old piece of nostalgia itself. Of course, she’d be dressed in her signature style. It was endearing to hear how Hurricane Katrina and even the second Twilight movie inspired her to write verse and then songs. Hearing of her writing process was a treasure. I respect this woman so much after seeing this show. I had never seen her live before. I’m so glad I did, and thankful to my boyfriend, Kenny for suggesting it.
After seeing her show, I feel so much more encouraged to write. To know that not everything I write will sell or be cherished by others, but I may cherish it just the same. To imagine myself someday telling stories about how it all started out. I am inspired!
As far as the rest of my life, it’s still going! My first self-published book is now in an independent bookstore. I am still blogging occasionally. I’m working on several other writing projects, but not at any urgent pace. I really need to get more focused. This week I responded to a prompt on Sue Vincent’s #writephoto. It is located here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/in-the-deep-writephoto/ I’m trying to send stories to different publications to earn $100-$200 each. It’s work, but I have to fund a concert-going lifestyle. It has become evident that this is not the year to travel, with all that has happened in my life. So, I’m going to invest in shorter, more frequent musical getaways. We all need an escape!
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