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Stevie Nicks shares what inspired new solo album

Stevie Nicks shares what inspired new solo album

May 9th, 2011 by NATALIE ROTMAN, Associated Press in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stevie Nicks found inspiration everywhere before digging into her first solo album in 10 years.

She sat down at a piano in an Australian hotel and declared: "I'm ready to make a record now."

"I really don't care if anybody buys it, and I really don't care if everybody steals it," she says during an interview at her Pacific Palisades home. "What I need is to make a record for me, the artist. I need to create something now. So I am going to close my eyes to the music business and its problems, and go forth with a good heart and great belief and make a record."

The result, "In Your Dreams," was released this week.

The album features a song Nicks wrote in 1975, right after joining Fleetwood Mac. She never shared it with the band, "which is crazy because this is a very easy, simple, precise song that Lindsey Buckingham would've loved, and Fleetwood Mac would've loved," she says. "I put it away right after I joined the band, and for some reason, I never put it on any of my records either."

Last year, she remembered the track that she'd stuffed into a box in her parents' Phoenix home: "Something in my head, I saw the cassette in my head with the little ink that said, "Secret Love.'"

It's the first single from "In Your Dreams."

Another song on the album was co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (also a producer of the album) and titled by Reese Witherspoon.

The actress offered her Nashville home to Nicks and Stewart for a brief stay, noting that nothing is "cheaper than free."

"Cheaper Than Free" is the album's closing track. Sharing the writing process was new for Nicks, and also a happy surprise.

"I really had that light, epiphany, where I realized why people wrote together," says the 62-year-old, who previously considered songwriting a solo pursuit. "I suddenly understood why (John) Lennon and (Paul) McCartney wrote together. I understood why other famous songwriting teams wrote together, because they each had something that the other person didn't have. For Dave (Stewart) and I, I have books of poetry and he has thousands of chords."

Nicks was forced to cancel recent promotional appearances in New York after coming down with pneumonia and flu, but she plans to join Rod Stewart for the 16-city Heart & Soul Tour, which is to have its first stop on March 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this story.