The I'll Tumble 4 Ya, the 80's crush blog fest.
Growing up in the 80s was actually kinda cool. We got videos games, MTV, and I got to play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons.
An obscene amount really.
One thing that will always be linked for me in those early years was playing D&D at my buddy Jon Cook's house and watching MTV.
We got to watch MTV when it was good and at an age to really enjoy it. Music seemed to explode in a variety of styles. Plus it opened up the world of women to my young mind.
But unlike many of my friends though, my first crushes were not models or even actresses (though Brooke Shields holds a special place in my memories). No my first crushes were rock girls. Singers, musicians or any of them. I loved Joan Jett (I still love Joan Jett!), Shelia E., Terri Nunn, Dale Bozzio, and others long forgotten.
But none of them could hold a candle to Stevie Nicks.
Not only did I love how she looked, I loved (still do) her voice. I have been known to still blast "If Anyone Falls" in my car while driving home. I am not ashamed to admit it.
I think I wore out two copies of "The Wild Heart" on cassette and at least one (maybe two) copies of "Belladonna". That's not counting the Fleetwood Mac tapes I'd make to feature her only. Well except Mirage and Tusk, they are kind of perfect as they are. (Interestingly two of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs "Hold Me" and "Don't Stop" don't even feature Stevie).
Plus, and lets be honest here, look at those pictures. What do you see other than an incredible woman? Yeah, a witch.
Now lets be 100% clear, Stevie is not a witch. At all. She likes to dress like that and she calls her production company Welsh Witch. But in my 13 year old mind (and before the internet) I didn't know any better. So my first witch character was loosely based on Stevie Nicks. I am not the only one who did that either.
That first witch of mine, whose name by the way was Stephanie (yes Stevie's real name), later came back to life in a way as Megan Maclay, nee O'Kelly, the mother of Tara in Season of the Witch. My first Witch book has a ton of spells that involve voice or singing in some way or another. All because I expected my witches to be able to sing. Maybe too much D&D and MTV at the same time.
I even used Stevie Nicks as part of a "casting" for a write-up I did for an older Sabrina the Teenage Witch. My friend Thom Marrion did the teenage version (actually in her 20s) and I did the older version. I should post those here sometime.
I think though the first video I ever saw of her was "Nightbird" on "Solid Gold". What I liked was that it was obvious she was not lip-synching like everyone else had been. Plus the song is amazing.
Anyway, here are some of her videos from that golden age when Stevie was on MTV while I was working on my first witch character.
She still looks and sounds great today.
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