The band Fleetwood Mac is powerful.
I first discovered the band during the summer before my Sophmore year of high school. Ever since nothing has been the same. The drastic change from how my playlist looked my Freshman year to my Sophmore year is quite astonishing. It didn't matter though; I had discovered something truly special. The first song I heard by Fleetwood Mac was Landslide. This song struck something deep inside me. It literally changed me. The moment Stevie Nicks voice came blaring out, I knew I had found a goldmine.
When Stevie's voice sang out the following verse from Landslide, "But time makes you bolder, Even children get older, And I'm gettin' older, too" Tears were pooling in my eyes. Although I was young at the time, I understood what Stevie meant. That we as human beings will experience this feeling, that our youth will come and go and before we know it, we'll be old. Out of time. It's important to let the years of your youth to go to waste; we should take advantage of it. Be brave to pursue your goals, to fall in love, be weird and have fun with it, to dream the impossible.
During a time when I was dealing with self-image issues, I drew strength from Stevie Nicks powerful artistic presence. Song's such as Gold Dust Woman, The Chain, and Edge of Seventeen, played a major role in confidence building. Sixteen-year-old me imagined walking down the school hallways, dressed in all black, with a black cat walking beside me. My arms splayed out in front of me, a whirlwind of elemental powers gathering at the tips of fingers — such an imaginative scenario. The creativity I had repressed when I was younger had resurfaced, causing my writing to grow vivid and colorful.
It was like I morphed into a better version of myself. The closest another artist has come to impacting my life is Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, but that's a story for another day. I stumble upon new artists daily, each one of them leaving their mark on me. Just as film and literature are influential in one's life, music plays a big role as well.
Everyone has that one song or artist who has the power to greatly influence them. These artists are who I call heroes.