New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Singer's view of life is fuzzy as her lyrics
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - For singer Stevie Nicks, her success as a songwriter could be attributed to her faulty eyesight.
“I definitely perceive the world differently than most people do,” says the most visible member of the rock group Fleetwood Mac, who was in Phoenix to promote an upcoming benefit concert and her second solo album, “The Wild Heart.”
“I have really bad eyes and I never wore glasses, you see,” Nicks explains. “Then all of a sudden, I got contact lenses — soft ones which don’t make you see great but make you see better. Now, I’m completely confused. I used to see nothing. Now I see sort of.
“Everything is either a blur or ifs psychedelic or more acid-like. Street lights sparkle, colors run together. But because I can’t see the world clearly, I look at it differently. I see it like in a dream.”
Most of her songs reflect a reverie-like quality, such as “Gypsy," “Sara,” “Rhiannon” or “Dreams.” And whether they’re for a Fleetwood Mac album or her own, all her efforts sell well — like in the millions.
Her first solo LP, “Bella Donna,” was released in October 1961 and rose to the top of the pop charts. A 35-city tour through August coincides with “The Wild Heart.” The Modem Records album was No. 5 and climbing on the best-selling chart of July 30. Her single, “Stand Back,” was No. 13 and climbing on that date.
The gravel-voiced Nicks says, “The Wild Heart’ is wild. Ifs Bella Donna’ only less fragile.
“If s me being stronger with who I am and what I have to say. I just
sang what I wanted to and did it the way I wanted to, as crazy as it was. Ifs my masterpiece as far as I’m concerned. It’s very much a story.”
An avid reader, Nicks based another of her new songs on author Jean Cocteau's “Beauty And The Beast.”
“It ends the album. It's an orchestrated piece — a string arrangement — and ifs a beautiful, beautiful thing,” she says. “It was at AAR Studios in New York City where they do all the Dionne Warwick and Frank Sinatra things
“Neither Fleetwood Mac nor Stevie had ever used a string arrangement in their lives. So it was very strange to walk in to sing for these 30 little old men with their violin cases who had no idea what in the world I was doing there in a long, black dress, with champagne.
“These guys hadn't done a session like that in IO years. But for two hours, they played this swig and ifs just beautiful. It’s very
Tom Petty and Prince also contribute to “The Wild Heart,” but Nicks says she’ll shy away from such collaborations in the future.
“It causes me a lot of grief to work with men who love to come in and sing on my albums because it’s cool,” she says, referring to Petty and ex-Eagles drummer Don Henley, who sang backup on the respective “Bella Donna” hits “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and "Leather and Lace.”
“I’ll be out on the road and everybody will be saying, ‘Where’s Tom Petty?’ and ‘Where’s Don Henley?’ It causes me a lot of arguments and it gets to the point where I just want to do my own record and not hassle anyone.”
The 35-year-old Phoenix-born singer also plans to make two videos just as elaborate — and expensive — as “Gypsy.”
“After ‘Gypsy,’ we’re up against the wall. You can’t make something that’s as wonderful as ‘Gypsy’ and then do something that doesn’t even hold a candle to it,” Nicks says. “So I told my record producers: ‘You either give me enough money to make two films — basically little movies that I will be proud of forever — or I would rather not do any.’ I don’t feel a bad video is better than no video at all.”
She takes similar pride in her lyrics.
“My songs are running commentaries on my life. They’re journalistic,’’ she says. “At night, I write down what's happening in my life in somewhat of a formal prose way. And then I go back and I put anything that I think is important into rhyme. It’s not work to me. It comes incredibly easv.”
Yet her continuing solo aspirations don't necessarily signal the ultimate disbanding of Fleetwood Mac, as many music critics believe.
“Fleetwood Mac is like Hailey’s Comet. It always comes back. I will, too, if they’re nice to me.” she says. "They are... sometimes.” However, she has not spoken to her ex-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham since her recent marriage to Rim Anderson — a former Warner Brothers worker and the widowed husband of her “cloaest friend since childhood.” Robin Smder Anderson, who died late last year of leukemia Buckingham, who met Nicks at San Jose State in 1966, was the only member of Fleetwood Mac absent from the wedding.
“Lindsey wants to go and do his own thing. It’s important to him.” Nicks says. “He’s making an album right now. I tried to get everybody else I know to call him, but... Married life has been treating me wonderfully, though. Ifs perfect ”
Murray at midnight
Summer is almost over for those going to school in the fall. But there's still time for some laughs tonight, when Bill Murray stars in the midnight special Stripes at the Cine ma Theatres in Walnut Square
Dancing "4" dollars
Heidelberg Halle will host the annual *-H Club benefit dance from 9 tonight until I a.rn Saturday, with music by the popular band. Morning Proceeds will go toward activities of the Comal County 4-H Clubs
Next Wednesday, Heidelberg will see a mid-week performance by Fast Forward. This rising south Texas group has country, rock and New Wave music in its repertoire
Double-header at Palace
Bluebonnet Palace will have two bands on stage tonight Darrell McCall A Little Bit of Texas will be back in town, backed up by Texas Pride On Saturday, the Bluebonnet bandstand will swing to the sounds of crowd-pleasing Clifton Jansky from 9 pm to 2a rn.
Bands of crumhom. viol and recorder players will present a quieter sort of concert tonight in the Recital Hall of the Southwest Texas State University Music Building, as the Texas Early Music Festival gets underway.
Medieval music enthusiasts are
gathering for a whole weekend of fun and classes in San Marcos. Tonight’s concert (starting at S p m ) is open to the public, and will feature groups from Austin. Houston and Kerrville.
Antiques and oddities
Dealers specializing in glass, quilts and early Texas art will set up in the Greene Mercantile Building this
Saturday and Sunday, marking the last of four summer market weekend
rn this historic town Booths will be open from ll am. to9 p.m. each day
On .Saturday night. Austin on Tap. one of the state's newest dance troupes, will perform four shows on the main floor The first will start at 8 pm
Fun in the sun
Hie March of Dimes and Strop Brewing Company invite everyone to Canyon I^ke this weekend for two days of sailing, sport and live music at Jacob s Creek Part
Fast F orward Trax, Voyager and Renegade are among the groups scheduled to play from IO a rn until dusk Saturday and Sunday The San Antonio Hobie Cat Club will have 50 sailboats, offering rides for a nominal fee There will also be water-skiing demonstrations — and best of all. there s no cover charge to get into this party!
Refreshments. T-shirts, hats and other items will be on sale at the scene. AU proceeds wiU go to the March of Dimes’ fund to prevent birth defects.
In search of roots
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This small hula dancer entertained guests at the Texas Folklife Festival last weekend.
GLASGOW (APt — Scots with an interest in their family trees may find their roots in a computer here by the summer of 1964 Details of some 15.000 Scottish surnames will be put into a data bank at a Roots Center to be established here soon. The information, which will cover the last 300 years, will be available to descendants of Scottish
emigrants and overseas tourists “While it wont be possible to provide a family tree in 30 seconds.'* says Dr Michiel MacDonald, museum director, the center may be able to match the derivation of names to our records of shipping companies who took Scottish families to the New World from Glasgow We also have comprehensive grave stone recordsf
Country artist farms when not singing
When John Conjee isn t in a recording studio, there’s a good chance of finding him down on the farm.
The singer who made “Common Man” a hit may be earning better than a common wage, but he's genuine gpunlry. He grew up on a 200-acre farm in versailles. Kentucky. On his present homestead just outside Nashville. Coulee raises livestock, poultry, fruiLs and vegetables and assorted cats and dogs He and his wife Gale, and daughter Rebecca, do most of the chores themselves, often mowing has with a team of mules.
During his years rn the music business.
Conlee has been nominated twice for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association His Rose Colored Glasses.” for which Conlee co-wrote the title song, was a nominee for Album of the Year. He’s done four other albums, and enough successful singles to fill a “Greatest Hits" album in April, featuring ‘Common Man."
Conlee has appeared on Hee Hew Backstage at the Opry, Dtnsh and numerous other television shows But he’s got a strong road show, too And he’s bringing it to the Crystal Chandelier, here in New Braunfels, on Aug 20,
John ConleeBrieflyArt for Okies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Five years ago when parents in Oklahoma sought summer arts training for their children, the people of the state responded Government, business and private
contributions gave birth to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, which brings together aspiring teenagers and respected professional artists for a two-week program of instruction at Quartz Mountain State Park camp
The students are selected from a nationwide audition for intensive training in the arts The camp's purpose is to spark a desire for a professional career, or to enable the students to return home to become cultural leaders
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