Why Christine McVie Considered Herself Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Mother Teresa’
Christine McVie was a songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, also earning the reputation of the rock band’s Mother Teresa. The “Songbird” songwriter didn’t care, however, later saying she “enjoyed the storm” of the group.
Christine McVie starred in Fleetwood Mac with John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
Although not a founding member of the band, Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as a vocalist and keyboardist. She appeared on albums like Rumors and Defense with her then-husband, John McVie.
The two officially separated in 1976 while Fleetwood Mac was on tour, which Christine later admitted was “irresponsible”, according to Showbiz Cheatsheet. The couple remained on good terms, with McVie gaining the reputation of Mother Teresa of Fleetwood Mac.
Christine McVie ‘enjoyed the storm’ of Fleetwood Mac – even though she was the band’s mother Teresa
Even decades after the Rumors drama, McVie maintained his reputation as a peacekeeper. She commented on her role as the voice of reason in “Eye of the Hurricane” during an interview with Rolling Stone.
“That’s apparently true, but I didn’t realize it at the time,” McVie said. “Yes, I was supposedly like mother Teresa who hung out with everyone or just tried to [keep] all nice and cool and relaxed. But they were great people; they were great friends.
Nicks and Buckingham have often detailed their complicated relationship through music – the pair officially split when Rumors published. Nicks briefly started a relationship with Mick Fleetwood. McVie said at the time she hadn’t thought about her role as Fleetwood Mac’s honorary “Mother Teresa.”
“I enjoyed the storm…” she added. “Even though I’m a pretty peaceful person, I enjoyed this storm. Although it’s said that we argued a lot, we actually spent a lot of time laughing. So that must have been forgotten. Great sense of humor.”
Even though there was drama between the band members, they remained musically bonded, coming together for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. The five musicians played a role in the creation Rumors’ “Chain.” McVie and Nicks, in particular, shared a close relationship, with Nicks even writing in a diary about her friend.
“Seattle. Worried about Christine,” the “Edge of Seventeen” singer wrote. “Wishing spiritual guidance came from somewhere. Where are the crystal visions when I need them?
Christine McVie wrote “Songbird” for Fleetwood Mac
In addition to her role as a keyboardist and vocalist, McVie has written songs for Fleetwood Mac. This includes “Songbird”, which currently has over 85 million plays on Spotify. Later, she released solo music, including “God a Hold on Me”, “Love Will Show Us How”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind”.
Fleetwood Mac music remains available on most major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
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