-By Charlie Logan
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday morning in Vegas, college hoops muted on the TV and iTunes playing on random when Fleetwood Mac comes on. "Dust" from their classic "Bare Trees" album.
I had to hear more.
I started having so many memories.
For many years I had a very large framed Fleetwood Mac concert poster from a show in the Netherlands I believe. It was a cherished possession… Marriage, kids, many radio moves and it somewhere along the way left my life. But the music always stayed with me.
I was such an early Fleetwood Mac fan when I was younger. That first handful of albums and their constantly changing configurations made them more compelling album to album. The brilliance of the "Kiln House" and "Future Games" albums was only exceeded by "Then Play On".
Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch and Christine Perfect-McVie all blended in and out of the band which was always anchored by the rock solid playing of founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
"Then Play On", that was an album you had to play if you were tripping in the 70's. "Rattlesnake Shake" and then the long trippy jam "Searching for Madge" were the perfect companions.
My female friends at the time all gravitated towards the "Future Games" album while I was enamored with the diversity, subtlety and laid back nature of "Kiln House". But that all changed with the release of "Bare Trees". This album brought it all home and all of sudden I noticed that everyone liked The Mac. I didn't have to turn them on to the band anymore, they all knew.
"Child Of Mine", a Danny Kirwan song. This is a great driving tune. That backbeat just propels you forward. Lee Abrams used to say "… you know, top down in a convertible driving down the highway, wind rushing by and the radio LOUD ..."
"Homeward Bound" … When I was younger I wanted to be so far off the grid as not to be found. The thought of everyone knowing my business didn't strike me as a positive. Living through the assassination 60's, then the 70's Nixon era and a family divorce I was not a trusting sole of the government, corporations or authority in general, parental or otherwise. I had no phone, no way for my family or others to contact me other than by mail and I liked it that way. So I was always perplexed by this song and why it always got to me.
Both this song and Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" made me reflect heavily on reconnecting … Made me think of Mom and Dad and my 3 older sisters and always made me melancholy which then led to an uplifting peace of mind. This was usually followed by a collect call home or a note to Mom.
The lasting emotions that "Homeward Bound" brought I think were amplified by the next song "Sunny Side Of Heaven". It's a mellow 3 minute instrumental that always allowed me the time to reflect on the feelings generated by the previous tune.
Then the title track "Bare Trees" comes through the speakers and I have a smile a mile wide.
"Spare Me a Little of Your Love" is a rocking tune that is placed perfectly after the hit "Sentimental Lady" and "Danny's Chant".
The "Bare Trees" album cover was a John McVie photo of a fogged engulfed winter tree that perfectly suited the mood I always seemed to be in when I originally was obsessed by this album but it was also the exact opposite of how I felt after listening.