Through other articles and rock n roll urban legends, I had heard of the Stevie Nicks parade of lovers like Buckingham, Fleetwood, Kenny Loggins and Don Henley. I really dislike Don Henley. I always liked Frey's vocals over his in the Eagles, and his solo albums always had 2 good songs and then 10 crappy-self-righteous-hippie-california-condescending songs on them. That is a catalogue of great 70s music right there in Nicks' little black book. Hat tip to Stevie. Sara was one of those songs I had listened to in the past and associated with a certain person or certain moment in my life (I'm a hopeless romantic so fuck off). Now, I'll first think "Don Henley is a self righteous dick... I can't believe he screwed over Stevie Nicks", then proceed to think for 15 seconds about my original association with the song, and then just enjoy the song for what it is: a beautiful, emotional song.
Sara is over 6 minutes long and does not feel bloated. If you listen closely, there's a progression in the lyrics as the singer becomes more desperate to maintain contact with their loved one. Plus, a straight woman singing a love song about another woman is truly weird. Knowing the meaning of the song now, it makes sense, but is even wilder than thinking it could possibly be lesbian in meaning. I can't stress this enough, but Stevie Nicks really holds back that power in her voice and the verbrado (sp?). Current Stevie Nicks really ruins songs with her non-stop verbrado. Sometimes I fear she has early onset Parkinson's, but then I recall Cher's vocal style. Cher turned "time" into a 3 syllable word: "ti-heeem-ma".
Favorite Fleetwood Mac Songs:
"You Make Loving Fun" - If they play this at my wake, I will be happy.
"Sara" - We established this awesomeness.
"Landslide" - Original recording, not the lame-o live version where she sounds like Lambchop.