I just like this song. Stevie Nicks famously wrote Landslide in the 1970s, after a fight with her boyfriend and bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac recorded it in 1975, on the brink of stardom, but this particular song didn’t actually become a hit till years later.
I still have the record, but I like the version in this video, filmed at a concert in the 2000s. There’s a different resonance thirty years later. Nicks survived hard times with drugs and difficult relationships, and I can’t imagine not rooting for her. I like seeing Nicks and Buckingham playing together now, each seemingly in a happier and more peaceful place. If we’re lucky, we all get through uncertain or hard times.
That said, the most moving version I’ve ever heard of this song was when my older daughter’s high school chorus performed it when they were seniors. It was an incredibly moving song from young adults, on the brink of so much that’s exciting, but also challenging and uncertain. “I’ve been afraid of changing / ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you / But time makes you bolder / Even children get older / And I’m getting older too.”
Stevie Nicks dedicates this version to her father. That’s part of getting older, too. “Can I sail through the changing ocean tides / Can I handle the seasons of my life?”
I like seeing this video, because its answer is “yes.”