But Fleetwood Mac’s unsung heroine just might be their real MVP.

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Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood onstage in Tulsa in 2018 (Photo: flickr)

In a Billboard chart twist no-one saw coming (at least I didn’t), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is top ten again, more than 40 years after becoming one of the best-selling albums in history. Although a viral Tik Tok video featuring the band’s “Dreams” led to the resurgence of the 1977 album and sent its number-one single inching toward the top 10 once again, Fleetwood Mac’s popularity has never waned.

Myriad line-up changes haven’t dimmed FM’s star power (Lindsey Buckingham was fired in 2018 and replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) nor the perception that they owe it mostly to Stevie Nicks, who sang lead on the band’s only US chart-topping single. While Nicks and Buckingham might appear to be the core of Fleetwood Mac’s long-running success, we shouldn’t underestimate the creative and commercial might of Christine McVie. …

You can’t change the world while you’re sitting on the fence.

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Photo: Pikrepo

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

My sister sent me this quote the other day, and as I read it over and over, 401 years of history flashed through my mind. The words are usually credited to the Irish philosopher Edmund Burke (as they were by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a 1961 speech before the Canadian Parliament), but there is some disagreement over whether Burke actually said them or if anyone said them at all.

It doesn’t really matter. It’s the thought that counts, and the idea is as relevant today as it was in 1961 or when the first African slaves arrived in the United States. Good people who did nothing helped make America the bastion of racism and White supremacy it is today. …

What do you say to a friend who wishes he were someone else?

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“Can I talk to you about something important?”

I’ve always welcomed questions from gay men that fall outside the predictable range — “Where are you from?” “What do you do?” “Top or bottom?” — and I’d do anything to help a friend, but I can’t think of eight scarier words in the English language. They’re right up there with “We have to talk.” When has “Can I talk to you about something important?” ever been followed by anything good?

At least I knew my friend wasn’t about to dump me. But after a dramatic brace-yourself-for-a-whopper build-up that had him apologizing in advance over what he was about to say, what he revealed may have been as heartbreaking to hear as “I want to see other people” or “Let’s take a break.” …


Jeremy Helligar

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj

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