Stevie Nicks wrote this song when she quit using cocaine

A lot of things inspire the music of Stevie Nicks. The songs of other artists inspired her, as did love and death. Nicks’ own experiences also inspired her. However, not all of these experiences are good. A tragically deceased silent movie star inspired Nicks to write a song. But if you read between the lines, you’ll notice that Nicks doesn’t just sing about the movie star; she sings about herself and about what could have been.

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In 2014, Nicks released the album 24k Gold: Songs from the Vault, with songs written between 1969 and 1987. A song called “Mabel Normand” is about the silent movie star of the same name, who died of tuberculosis after years of cocaine abuse in 1930.

In a video commentary, which debuted on HuffPost Entertainment, Nicks explained that a documentary about the star forced her to write the song. “She really walked on the edge for a lot of her life,” Nicks said. “And I was walking on the edge too.” Nicks wrote the song in 1985, “A Dangerous Year in My Life”.

Stevie Nicks at a photoshoot in Los Angeles, 1982.

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Doctors told Nicks she would end up like Norman if she didn’t stop snorting cocaine

After watching the documentary, doctors told Nicks that she had a hole in her nose from heavy cocaine use. They told her that if she sniffed cocaine once more, she would die of a brain hemorrhage. It was a scary thing to be told after learning of Normand’s existence.

“The documentary really scared me, because I saw this beautiful girl come down so fast,” Nicks told Billboard. “Sometimes you can’t see it in yourself, but you can definitely see it in someone else. I am basically a happy person. I was a happy person at the time. I just got hooked on coke, and it was a really bad drug for me. It was obviously a very bad drug for Mabel too.

Nicks said everyone at Fleetwood Mac was on drugs, like many other rock stars, but she was the worst of the bunch. What prompted Nicks to seek medical attention were his frequent blackouts.

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Nicks wrote ‘Mabel Normand’ then checked into Betty Ford

Seeing the “connection” between her and Normand, Nicks wrote the song and enrolled in rehab at the Betty Ford clinic, which Normand did not have the chance to do.

“Mabel Normand” is Nick’s favorite song on 24 karat gold. After years of trying to make the song, Nicks finally did, and it’s special to her. “It was really important for me to release this song,” Nicks said during the video commentary for HuffPost Entertainment. “It’s really about what drugs can do to you. »Watching the documentary on Normand and writing the song were Nicks’ first steps to save himself. “I, unlike Mabel, managed to grab it. “

Nicks says every song on 24 karat gold “Is a life”. Each of them has a soul, a purpose and is a love story. They “represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearts and the survivors.” But “Mable Normand” will not be content to remind Nicks of his namesake. Underneath the lyrics, it will remind her that she survived.

How to get help: In the United States, contact the Administration of Addiction and Mental Health Services helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

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