MACTITUDE: LANIE GARDNER – DREAMS

The members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals while recording "Dreams". Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. Christine McVie was separating from her husband John McVie. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship; Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood had just started an affair. What made it more complicated and worse was that all the band members were so addicted to cocaine during the production of the album, Rumours. Hard drugs, bad romances, excellent album.
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Here’s another Fleetwood Mac’s motivation. I don’t know who this beautiful young girl is. Just came across her YouTube channel, Lanie Gardner, yesterday. Oh-so impressed with her faux-Stevie Nicks voice (except her voice is a bit smoother yet slightly more velvety) and the way she sings it, you’d think it’s Stevie Nicks!

Gardner didn’t do much when covering “Dreams”, not really. Well, you don’t have to. There’s nothing much you can do. The song is awesome already. A perfect staple of adult contemporary music.

“Dreams” is the second single from Mac’s eleventh studio album, Rumours (1977). In the US, “Dreams” reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the band’s only number-one single there; it sold over a million copies.

The members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals while recording the Rumours album. Mick Fleetwood (drums) was going through a divorce. Christine McVie (electric piano, backing vocal) was separating from her husband John McVie (bass). Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, backing vocal) and Stevie Nicks (lead vocal) were ending their eight-year relationship; Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood had just started an affair.

“We had to go through this elaborate exercise of denial, keeping our personal feelings in one corner of the room while trying to be professional in the other,” explained Buckingham to Blender magazine.

What made it more complicated and worse was that all the band members were so addicted to cocaine during the production of Rumours. Hard drugs, bad romances, excellent album.

As the old saying goes: “If Fleetwood Mac could write Rumours on a wild months long cocaine binge while they were all breaking up with each other then I can make it through today.”

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Source text: Wikipedia, Rolling Stone.

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Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
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