Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snowball & Stevie

On the cover of her first solo album, Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks is dressed in a long, white, flowing gown with gossamer-wing sleeves. She is pictured next to a bouquet of white roses, holding aloft a beautiful, majestic cockatoo.

That album (which I love, by the way) includes the song "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)." Not only are birds often mentioned in the lyrics of her songs, but ever since her Fleetwood Mac days, Stevie's wardrobe has had a distinctive "creature-in-flight" aesthetic. Here are a few early examples:

And here are some from the Bella Donna era:

All in all, there are some pretty clear indications that Stevie finds winged things to be inspiring.

So what, you say?

So, here's Snowball, y'all! This bird really needs no introduction, since he is a world-famous dancer and beat keeper, and has even been studied by Scientists. Though Snowball's list of accomplishments is long and impressive, it may be argued that his greatest achievement is his impassioned performance to "Edge of Seventeen." Yes, indeed: the very same song mentioned at the beginning of this post.

But, but... what does it all mean? Well, having intensely pondered the deeper significance of it, I humbly suggest that The Universe is sending a message. It seems that the inspiration has become the inspired. Just watch how this mess of feathers gets down to Stevie's classic, and behold the hardcore rocking that is unleashed at 1:45 -- "Well I see you doing what I tried to do for me..."

It is the Cosmos telling us that we are all one, freaks.