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- Stevie Nicks refuses to play her song “Mabel Normand” live because it is difficult to sing and one missed note can ruin the entire performance.
- Fans believe that “Mabel Normand” is a hidden gem in Nicks’ solo career and appreciate its haunting melody and tribute to Normand.
- The inspiration behind “Mabel Normand” came from Nicks learning about the struggles and drug addiction of Mabel Normand, a silent film actress who died from tuberculosis. The song also played a role in Nicks’ own journey to sobriety.
Throughout her career, Stevie Nicks faced several ups and downs. Among the downs included fear after she was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Thankfully, Stevie is okay, and fans will continue to enjoy her music all these years later. Nicks has a deep songwriting process, and fans continue to uncover the real meaning behind certain hits like, Landslide.
In the following, we’re going to take a closer look at the deep meaning behind the song Mabel Normand, and how it impacted Steive Nicks’ career. We’ll also reveal why the artist refused to play the song all these years later.
Let’s get started.
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Stevie Nicks Refuses To Play Mabel Normand Given That The Song Is Too Difficult To Sing
Throughout her career, Stevie Nicks has released so many songs with strong emotions attached. According to Far Out, one personal song in particular, Stevie Nicks refuses to play live. That song is none other than Mabel Normand. The song has a deeper meaning for Nicks. However, that’s not the reason she refuses to play the song. According to Nicks, the song is difficult to sing and if one note is missed, the entire song is ruined.
Nicks revealed, “If you take a breath, you get off the beat. You’re one word too late, you can never get back on, and you’re dead in the water.”
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Fans are in agreement that the song is difficult to pull off. However, it is clear that the fanbase truly believes this is among the hidden gems of Nicks’ solo career.
One fan wrote, “I love this song! A haunting tune! Stevie really sticks to her roots! Thank you, Stevie for all the music.” Another fan comments, “What a great tribute song to a wonderful movie star, unknown to most people now.”
As great as the song is, writing it was an emotional process for Nicks.
Stevie Nicks Had A Deeper Reason Behind The Song, Mabel Normand
For those that aren’t aware, Mabel Normand was an iconic silent film actress, director and screenwriter. Despite her success, Normand ran into health issues and passed away from tuberculosis.
When Nicks learned about Normand’s story, she was inspired to create the memorable song.
“Mabel was an amazing actress and comedian from the ’20s, and she was a terrible cocaine addict,” Nicks explained.
“She eventually died of tuberculosis, but it was really her drug addiction that killed her.” She added, “I saw a documentary of her in 1985 when I was at my lowest point with the blow. I was watching TV one night, the movie came on, and I really felt a connection with her. That’s when I wrote the song. Less than a year later, I went to rehab at Betty Ford.”
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The song and story helped Nicks in her own life, and encouraged her to get sober. Unfortunately for fans, it isn’t a song Nicks sings on a regular basis.
Stevie Nicks Likely Won’t Play Fleetwood Mac Songs Either Following Christine McVie’s Passing
Speaking of other things Stevie Nicks won’t do again, one of them is playing alongside Fleetwood Mac. Nicks says Fleetwood Mac won’t tour again after the death of Christine McVie.
Nicks revealed alongside Vulture that replacing McVie is simply impossible and not going to happen.
“We had a really great time and it was a huge tour. That was there in the realm of possibility. But when Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her. You just can’t. Without her, what is it?” Nicks said.
“Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ? When she died, I figured we really can’t go any further with this. There’s no reason to.”
In a separate statement, Mick Fleetwood agreed that the band’s days may have come to an end.
“I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris. I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before.”
McVie meant a lot to Nicks, who detailed her close relationship with her bandmate.
“She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my best friend. When I think about Taylor Swift’s song You’re on Your Own, Kid and the line ‘you always have been,’ it was like, that was Christine and I. We were on our own in that band. We always were. We protected each other.”
It seems like for the time being, Fleetwood Mac is keeping the memories in the past.