5 Essential Tracks Of Fleetwood Mac Any Fan Needs To Hear

5 Essential Tracks Of Fleetwood Mac Any Fan Needs To Hear

Celebrating over 40 years of timeless music.
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My all-time favorite band, Fleetwood Mac's career has spawned over 40 years, consisting of many acclaimed albums and countless hit songs. Founded in 1967 by Mick Fleetwood, the group underwent many departures and additions before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined with Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie to form their famed lineup in the early 70s. Fleetwood Mac is probably best remembered for their ever-evolving sound as well as the tumultuous personal relationships that were going on behind the music. Fleetwood Mac is not only my favorite band but is also one of the most iconic groups of the 70's. Much of their music wasn't about a broken heart or scorned lover but about simpler concepts, growing older, and learning life's lessons. To celebrate their lengthy and decorated career, I've picked five of my favorite songs.

1. Landslide - 1975

Landslide is one of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits. This song was featured on The White Album, their very first collaboration with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after the duo joined with them. Landslide was orginally a Buckingham Nicks song, and is featured on Stevie and Lindsey's solo album Buckingham Nicks (1973). Landslide, is about time, and how fast it slips away. While Fleetwood Mac made this one of their first hits, Landslide will always be Stevie and Lindsey's. Every night on tour, it is Stevie and Lindsey that preform this song, just as simply and stripped down as it is on their first album together. It's an amazing thing to see live.

2. Dreams - 1977

Found on their second and probably most famous album, Rumours, this song was written at a time when each of the member's personal lives were falling apart, Mick Fleetwood and his wife were going through a divorce, as were Christine and John McVie. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were also in the middle of a breakup. This song is famous not only for being a smash hit, but for the message behind it. Written and lead by Nicks, Dreams was directed at Lindsey. It was a soulful and rhythmic answer to Buckingham's more aggressive creation You Can Go Your Own Way.

3. Storms - 1979

This is one of Fleetwood Mac's lesser known tracks. Written by Stevie Nicks for Fleetwood Mac's third studio album Tusk, Storms is rumoured to be about an affair she'd had, one that ended quite painfully. Storms is beautifully tragic, and is rarely done live or on tour. Storms is a bit of an undiscovered gem hidden among all the songs on this double album. It's also my favorite Fleetwood Mac song. It's simplistic yet timeless beauty never gets old

4. Gypsy - 1982

Gypsy is another one of Stevie's greatest creations. This song can be found on the band's fourth studio album Mirage. This album was a new sound for Fleetwood Mac, featuring a much more 80's pop vibe, a stark contrast to their more folksy 70's sound. Gypsy reflects on Stevie's youth, formed from the memories Stevie had from growing up and wandering around in LA. It's arguably the most notable piece from the album and is one the band's biggest hits

5. Seven Wonders -1987

The final track, Seven Wonders is from Fleetwood Mac's fifth studio album Tango In The Night. It would be guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham's last album with the band before returning 10 years later for The Dance (1997). Seven Wonders is a special piece because it really incorporates and showcases each members contribution the group. Something that after years of fighting and heart break they came to value and cherish. Today, Fleetwood Mac is still playing together, writing music, touring (an amazing experience by the way), and amazingly, finally, getting along.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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