What the hell do you mean, the chick "rings like a bell through the night"? What the fuck does that even mean?

>> Sunday, September 04, 2011

The bad news is I've had a song stuck in my head for days now, and I can't seen to get it loose. The good news is the song is Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". Best news is this live version from '76:


Tony McDaniel Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 7:56:00 AM EDT  

I *love* Stevie Nicks, but have no idea what the hell that line means. LOL.

Megan Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 11:32:00 AM EDT  

You're just goading me, aren't you? I haven't been posting on your blog often enough? You think you have to pretend not to know what that song's about to get me to show up and pay you some attention? Is that it? IS THAT IT?

Eric Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:15:00 PM EDT  

So the song is about the mythic Welsh witch, I get that. But I don't remember her ringing like a bell in the night. What, she plays wineglasses as a hobby? She has a bell? She's bell shaped? She runs around going "dingdingdingding"?


(And I love the song, yes, make no mistake.)

Megan Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:57:00 PM EDT  

It's a bit more than that. It was written about a Welsh witch without knowing about the legend. Stevie wrote the song and later matched the details up to an existing legend she'd never heard of. She talks about this as an interesting coincidence.

The legend is not really about a witch at all; Rhiannon is more of a good goddess. But in the '70s, Stevie would talk about Rhiannon as a good witch. She wrote the song, so she gets to decide what the character is, but after realising she'd written a song that was so close to an existing legend, she stopped using the word "witch" to describe Rhiannon. This was also about the time people started saying that Stevie herself was a witch.

Ringing like a bell...like a songbird that takes away your pain. This is one of a set of Stevie songs about Rhiannon and the birds (scroll down).

Jeri Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  

Never, ever post Stevie Nicks or Rush. Icky ca-ca poo-poo. Bad Eric!

Now, if you want to get that HIDEOUS song out of your mind, go to your previous post, crank up the Social Distortion song to the point that your ears almost bleed (the way God intended it to be heard), and listen to that a couple times. Ahhhhh.

Eric Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 2:15:00 PM EDT  

You will never see Rush posted here, Jeri. Ever. But Stevie? Yeah, I loves me some Stevie. And Lindsey Buckingham is one of the greatest guitarists in history, so there's that.



Megan Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  

In a few weeks, I am flying to Boston for my brother's wedding, but really so I can get to Baltimore to see Lindsey in concert. SQUEEEE!

Dr. Phil (Physics) Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 5:24:00 PM EDT  

Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

So there. (evil grin)

Dr. Phil

Jeri Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:03:00 PM EDT  

Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala - I can't hear you! - lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala...

Dammit! Too late. Now it's burned into my brain and looping infinitely. You're a cruel, cruel man.

Jim Wright Monday, September 5, 2011 at 2:58:00 AM EDT  

I always thought Stevie was the weaker lead singer of Fleetwood Mac. I liked Christie on lead better, with Stevie as the backup. I know, I know, heresy. Perhaps I'll be cursed for a witch.

On a side note: thanks for enabling Blogger's tablet/phone display mode, Eric. SOTSOGM looks great on both my HTC Merge and my new Flyer.

Jim Wright Monday, September 5, 2011 at 2:59:00 AM EDT  

cursed by a witch.

Still not used to typing on the Flyer

Eric Monday, September 5, 2011 at 10:19:00 AM EDT  

After saying such obviously untrue things about Stevie Nicks, Jim, I'm questioning whether you deserve mobile mode, Jim....

I kid, I kid. A serious response, actually, is that I prefer Nicks' raw vocal power, but the Mac Version 2.0 was blessed to have three talented and distinctive lead vocalists whose voices overlapped in ways that made for excellent harmonies. It's worth mentioning because there aren't too many rock bands that packed that kind of vocal firepower: The Beatles and CSNY, among a few others, sure (and, predictably, I'm a fan of Roger Waters' raw, nasal delivery counterbalanced by Gilmour/Wright's harmony leads on some of Pink Floyd's best cuts), but most rock acts have been stuck with one lead vocalist. (Folk acts, of course, and a lot of country acts, have been more likely to deliver the polyphonic vocals.)

Anyway, points being (a) it's a cool and distinctive thing about Fleetwood Mac that one can pick a favorite vocalist (and songwriter) and (b) wonderful (and distinctive) that those particular voices could blend and contrast the way they did.

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