A ‘Landslide’ of appreciation

Stevie Nicks performs in concert with Fleetwood Mac in Newark NJ, 4/24/13. (Brian Killian / Getty Images)

Stevie Nicks thanks New York Magazine’s Jada Yuan.

When New York magazine reporter Jada Yuan went to see Stevie Nicks at Jones Beach last weekend, she got more than a concert T-shirt. During the show, Ms. Nicks dedicated “Landslide” to the journalist, who had recentlywritten a profile of the singer.

“I would like to dedicate this song to a girl, a lady. Her name is Jada and she wrote the most beautiful article about me,” the Fleetwood Mac singer said.

“She got something that nobody that has ever written about me before has ever gotten,” continued Ms. Nicks. “And I just wanted to tell her how much I appreciate that.”

“I’ll never, ever forget it. Her name is Jada, and I want to thank her so much.”

Ms. Yuan, who was in the audience, was stunned. “I cried through the whole song and don’t even remember at least the next five,” Ms. Yuan told OTR.

Weeping, even without having Ms. Nicks dedicate the song to you, is apparently a common reaction to “Landslide.”

In the profile, which ran in the June 17 issue of New York, Ms. Yuan wrote of the song: “Chances are, you or someone next to you was weeping during ‘Landslide,’ with that chorus you might casually dismiss as cliché until you find yourself singing it in unison with 15,000 fans: ‘Time makes you bolder / Children get older / I’m getting older, too.’”

Ms. Yuan spent about four months working on the 5,823-word feature and saw multiple concerts. Most profile writers say that after spending so long with a subject—during both the interview and the writing process—the illusion of familiarity often fades once the piece is published.

“Anyone who writes profiles knows you end up spending a lot more time with the subject than they do with you,” Ms. Yuan said. “For them, it’s an hour or two out of their lives, but you spend days or weeks with this person rattling around in your head, and you can get pretty invested and then never hear from them again.

“It’s rare to get any feedback, let alone that they thought you got it right. So to hear it from Stevie Nicks, who’s such a beautiful writer herself, was a really special honor.”

Ms. Yuan, who was at the concert with a friend, went backstage afterward and got to follow up in person with the singer.

While the mandate of a magazine profile isn’t to please the subject, Ms. Yuan’s article wasn’t a puff piece by any means—it tackled Ms. Nicks’ battles with drugs, her weight and relationships.

The singer’s honesty about her struggles is one reason she has so many fans. Her gracious reponse to the article, said Ms. Yuan, “says a lot more about Stevie than it does about me.”

Video below (be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for at least 24 hours):

Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer / Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Stevie, Lady Antebellum perform ‘Landslide’

Bryan DeSena has posted a clip of Stevie and Lady Antebellum singing “Landslide” for CMT Crossroads. The rock icon and the country trio taped the show before a live studio audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on January 29. The program is scheduled to air later this year.

Stevie performs with Lady Antebellum at the CMT Crossroads taping. (AP Photos)
Stevie performs with Lady Antebellum at the CMT Crossroads taping. (AP Photos)

Stevie Nicks graces the set of Glee

February 10, 2011 7:30 AM ET

Oh. Em. Glee!!!!

Of all the times we’ve dream of visiting McKinley High, never have we ever wanted to be there more than yesterday.

According to the cast, Glee was visited by Stevie Nicks yesterday, as they were shooting scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow. Apparently, her visit was a surprise to the kids as Dianna Agron raved on her Twitter that it was a “wonderful and unexpected day.”

The gang is rumored to be singing “Landslide” with Gwyn in a future episode, but don’t expect Stevie to jump in the chorus. We’re told Stevie didn’t film any scenes during her visit and there are no plans for her to in the near future. (Boo!)

But fear not! When her rep was reached for comment, he gave us a glimmer of hope. He told sources, ‘We can of course hope and dream of a day when that could happen.’

Wishing, hoping, praying and dreaming for that every day! But we understand; she has an album and a tour coming up. Stevie is very busy.

But never forget, Ryan Murphy, she’s game for it! Make sure to revisit this sometime soon! Very soon!

Clark student honored at memorial

Worcester Academy paid tribute to a charismatic alumnus with a memorial service for 20-year-old Clark University student Joseph Venincasa yesterday.

By Mary Kate Dubuss
Metro West Daily News
Monday, September 20, 2004

WESTBOROUGH — Worcester Academy paid tribute to a charismatic alumnus with a memorial service for 20-year-old Clark University student Joseph Venincasa yesterday.

In honor of Venincasa’s passion for music, the memorial service held in the academy’s theater included songs by his favorite artist — Stevie Nicks — and music and readings by Worcester Academy faculty.

Westborough resident Venincasa had been missing since Sept. 9 and was discovered Sept. 15 in his car on an abandoned Worcester road. Police are still awaiting a toxicology report, but have ruled his death a diabetic seizure.

About 15 friends made sure Venincasa’s Stevie Nicks obsession was not overlooked. They wore navy blue headbands the way Venincasa had done in homage to Nicks.

Three Nicks ballads, “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You,” “After the Glitter Fades,” and “Good Bye Baby,” were all played during the hourlong service.

“Joey always wore a Stevie Nicks blue headband,” said friend and classmate Jasleen Anand of Shrewsbury. She had known Venincasa since they both were 5. “He was a big fan.”

“It caused a lot of fights, having to listen to Stevie Nicks all the time,” said Beth O’Neil of Worcester.

“He was a great friend. We had a lot of adventures. I’ll miss singing to ’80’s music with him a lot,” said friend and classmate Kate O’Brien, of Shrewsbury.

After the service, more than 300 friends and family surrounded Venincasa’s immediate family in front of Worcester Academy’s Lewis J. Warner Theatre, where Venincasa had performed in plays as a student.

Symbolizing the close of the service, the family released monarch butterflies into the air.

“The butterflies were special. It was meaningful, nice to see,” said friend John Flaminio, of Worcester.

Flaminio said he remembered his friend as “a bubbly person. He was very nice, always in a good mood. Joey was a person who would be there for you.”

“Even if you hadn’t talked to Joey in a long time, he was always willing,” to catch up, O’Neil said.

Flaminio also remembered Venincasa as a stellar musician.

Along with a penchant for Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston, Venincasa enjoyed punk-rock and played the heavier stuff with his band, Tyger.

The academy’s gymnasium was turned into a reception hall with a photo collage and pastel portrait of Venincasa. The collage included photos of his life from childhood to formal dances to live guitar performances.

A picture of Venincasa on the beach as a child was framed by messages from friends and family such as, “Thanks for rockin’ out in my studio,” “you shaped my world and made me the person I am today,” and “Love you always – Nana and Papa.”

“We hung out every day, went to lots of shows, Joey was such a great kid,” said Ben Karr of Worcester.

Venincasa’s friends, mostly college students, flew in from around the country for the memorial service.

“My sister evacuated New Orleans for the hurricane and then flew from Texas for this,” said Bridgette Kane.

Others flew from Canada and Washington.

His friends have set up a shrine on Beaver Brook Parkway, where Venincasa was found dead in his 1991 blue Mercury Sable on Sept. 15.

“We go there every day,” O’Neil said. In memory, the group has left Diet Coke, Venincasa’s favorite drink. They have spent so much time there, they even ordered pizza to the rural, unpaved road.

“Since he was diabetic, he would drink five Cokes a day,” O’Neil said.

Friends remember him bringing bottles of Diet Coke everywhere he went.

“He even used to drink my dad’s,” O’Neil said.