The pairing of Fleetwood Mac’s twirling goddess Stevie Nicks and sister act Haim is a perfect cross-generational match, and The New York Times‘s T Magazine brought them together for a new feature by author Sheila Heti, which resulted in a collaborative rendition of “Rhiannon.” The grouping was Nicks’s idea. Heti explained that Nicks picked Haim when asked which band she wanted to meet for the story. And it makes sense: Haim’s rhythmic songs have drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, and even though Nicks has been in the business for far longer, both she and the sisters have won praise for not just their music but also their unique style.
Nicks not only regaled the sisters with gifts of gold moon pendants—”You have to have your moons. So you’re our sisters of the moon,” Nicks said—but also counsel. Here’s some of her wisdom.
On dressing for the stage: Nicks told the Haim sisters, “Whatever it is that makes you feel fantastic and free — you need to get three copies of that.” (After her first tour with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks told a designer friend that she wanted to look like “like a Dickensian character that walks the wharfs of London,” Heti reported.)
On journaling: Nicks showed Haim how to keep a journal, explaining that the right side should include events of a day and the left should be saved for poems, which will then be easily accessible for songwriting. “You want your journals written by hand in a book, because someday, if you have daughters — I don’t have daughters, but I have fairy goddaughters, thousands of them — all of these books are gonna go to them, and they’re gonna sit around just like we are now, and they’re gonna read them out loud, and they’re going to be able to know what my life was,” Nicks said.
On success: Danielle Haim asked about “when Nicks knew it was going to ‘happen’ for her,” Heti wrote, prompting Nicks to explain that when she heard Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Rock & Roll Woman” she knew that was her future. “I believe that if you close your eyes and see yourself up on that stage, being bigger than life, you become that person with that big, really good attitude,” Nicks said. “You’re gonna be that rock ’n’ roll woman that’s gonna make people happy and take them out of their miserable lives for two hours . . . and they’re going to want your music. And then, girls . . . at 66 years old, you can be starting a year-and-a-half tour that sold out its U.S. dates—in the first week.”
Now, listen to their rendition of “Rhiannon.”
Nicks’s new album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault is due out Oct. 7.