How do you feel about #ThisSong ?

#ThisSong Landslide from Fleetwood Mac means a lot of things to a lot of people

December 3, 2018
Stevie Nicks

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Voltaire said, "Anything too stupid to be spoken is sung", which is true of some songs. But one thing that's also true is that every song evokes some sort of emotional response from us. I've always been curious about why we love, hate or are even indifferent to certain songs so I've decided to put it out to you, one song at a time. It's a new feature I'm calling #ThisSong. I'll feature one song and, hopefully, you'll take a moment to share your feelings about it. If you love it, tell me why. If you don't love it, tell me why. Sometimes the song will mean one thing to you and something entirely different to someone else. 

Listen to #ThisSong Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" here: 

Here's what some of you are already saying about #ThisSong, "Landslide" from Fleetwood Mac. 

Fred: We make choices to hitch our wagons to the ones we love. We wake up one day, somewhere down the timeline, closer to the end than to the beginning, and ask the question, "Are we fulfilled?" And, "Is our commitment to another's agenda limiting our achievement or our happiness?"

Peggy: I feel like I played this album 100s of times in HS and I would get up to SKIP this song. It was too slow. Or too deep. or quite possibly made me feel something back then that I didn't have words for, or if I had the words, I didn't dare voice them.
Now it's one of my all-time favorite FM songs. Why? I can feel the chill of sitting in winter, looking at the mountains and feeling. Just feeling. Feeling the fears of building a life around someone who didn't really exist the way I wanted them to - or maybe they weren't capable of or maybe I held them to something that wasn't real?
I hear the song and see my patterns that have caused me pain and helped me heal. There is an alignment between the lyrics and the music that just slips me into a moment that isn't in this black chair with fraying armrest. 
I know now that much of the music that moves me in some way is music that scared me when I was younger - feelings were dangerous things!

Diane: When I was in high school, for some unknown reason, we did pantomime to a few of Stevie Nicks songs. This was one of them. Picture some queer, 16 year old, theater kids doing really terrible pantomime on stage to this song. At the time I had no idea what this song was about. I probably thought it was "deep". Today, if I turned on the radio and this song came on my first reaction would be to smile. It would take me back to my young innocent days. Before I knew just how quickly the whole world could tumble down around you.

Michelle: Holy $&!t you started with a heavy...... 
This song for me is all about growing apart. The loss of a dream. Loss of innocence. Loss of connection. 
I never paid much attention to it until the past couple of years. I don’t think she wrote it at midlife but it sure feels like it!

Randy: Ok I'll play. Great lyrics, maybe Stevie's best that tapped into a fleeting childhood and adulting in the 70s for those who are now in their 50s and 60s who wondered where the heck the time went?

Pam: Always loved it, but wrestled w wtf it meant.
Then I grew up. 
Who am I in relation to my father?
Who am I as my boys are grown? 
Now I fall apart whenever I hear it. 
The harmony on the Dixie Chicks version is everything...but nothing gives the feels like Stevie.

Renee:  I love this song and it always made me a little sad but in a good way and makes me think of my grandma and my childhood and how much I miss her and all she did for me and my siblings and now when I hear it, I still get a little sad but can never turn it off and need to hear it till the end. It's like it takes me back in time. Makes me think of my kids growing up too fast and how I want them to stay young and innocent forever

Terrie: This song always makes me think of my youngest sister. The memory has nothing to do with the lyrics or how I feel when I hear it, it is because I know she loves Stevie Nicks.

Lucretia: Great song-easy to listen to-fun to sing to in my youth. 
Never thought of the lyrics when I was young. 
Love the strength it offered me, not in my youth but as I grew older. With age and maturity, an understanding of the lyrics evolved and “ah ha” moments came to me.
The biggest changes in my life were like emotional avalanches. I could quit, kick and stomp...but to no avail. As powerful as the words were-the soft flowing melody almost eased the effect of them (just as time, age and experience eases their impact)
Changes...the one constant in life! 
Great song choice to begin this journey with since it seems to be more appreciated as we journey through life ourselves.

Jack: I first heard this after a breakup with a girl I was crazy about when I was 20. I always felt it was a very introspective song, and most definitely one of Stevie’s most personal and vulnerable moments on record. Other songs of hers aren’t as transparent. Clearly, she had a lot of questions about love and life at the time as did I as I was entering adulthood. The live performance from 1997’s ‘The Dance’ is the first version I ever heard of this song, I think her singing it as an older more seasoned woman gave it that reflectiveness and realism that made it such a huge radio hit. Probably my favorite song of Stevie’s.

Karen:  I never really paid much attention to the song, though I always liked the music, but the lyrics never touched me or meant much. To me, it sounded like another broken-hearted love song. 
Until I woke up one morning to the news that my husband was found dead in his bed in our home. The call came to me at my mom’s house, miles away from him. After his death, I stopped listening to music (with the exception of my kids’ cds) for a year. Music was a big part of his life and almost all music just hurt my raw heart way too much. During that hiatus, I was known to have abandoned more than one half-filled cart in a grocery store, simply because I couldn’t handle the music being played in the store. 
All that said, when I finally healed enough to let music back in, when I heard this song again for the first time, it almost broke me. To me it speaks about the fleeting, capriciousness of life. The beauty and fragility. The temporary. It made me think of the loss of the love of my life, of my kids’ dad.
It’s been 11 years now and when I hear it (like just now), I find that it’s a more comforting than painful listen. It’s almost—almost—-soothing and healing. --