Is “Dreams” relevant in 2020? What a silly question! The whole “Rumours” album from Fleetwood Mac will always be relevant in music , as it is one of the greatest albums ever released, a music gem that we keep listening again and again throughout the decades.
The song, that was recorded in 1976 and was Mac’s biggest 70s hit, received a massive appeal through the TikTok platfrom after a video created by Nathan Apodaka, showed him skating while drinking Ocean Spray cran-raspberry juice and lip syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”. That promotion clip made “Dreams” re-enter the Top 10 Global chart. In the digital platforms it went sky high in numbers and most of the radio stations accross the world put it on their playlist.
The story of “Dreams”(from wikipedia)
The members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals while recording the Rumours album. Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. Christine McVie was separating from her husband John McVie. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship. “We had to go through this elaborate exercise of denial,” explained Buckingham to Blender magazine, “keeping our personal feelings in one corner of the room while trying to be professional in the other.”
Nicks wrote the song in early 1976 at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California. “One day when I wasn’t required in the main studio,” remembers Nicks to Blender magazine, “I took a Fender Rhodes piano and went into another studio that was said to belong to Sly Stone, of Sly and the Family Stone. It was a black-and-red room, with a sunken pit in the middle where there was a piano, and a big black-velvet bed with Victorian drapes.”
“I sat down on the bed with my keyboard in front of me,” continues Nicks. “I found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on and wrote ‘Dreams’ in about 10 minutes. Right away I liked the fact that I was doing something with a dance beat, because that made it a little unusual for me.”
When Nicks played the song to the rest of the group, “They weren’t nuts about it. But I said ‘Please! Please record this song, at least try it’. Because the way I play things sometimes… you really have to listen.” The band recorded it the following day. Only a basic track was recorded at Sausalito. Recording assistant Cris Morris remembers that “all (they) kept was the drum track and live vocal from Stevie – the guitars and bass were added later in Los Angeles.” Christine McVie described the song as having “just three chords and one note in the left hand” and “boring” when Nicks played a rough version on the piano. McVie changed her mind after Buckingham “fashioned three sections out of identical chords, making each section sound completely different. He created the impression that there’s a thread running through the whole thing.”
“Rumours” for me is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It brings me the chills everytime i listen to it. So… why not choosing the Tune Of The Week to be a tune i love listening to all my life? This is Fleetwood Mac. The classic Stevie Nicks in the heart-breaking “Dreams”.