Monday, May 23, 2011

Music Monday ~ Musical Maturity - in the '90s stars? + Stevie Nicks

Was there something in the air, or more significantly in the planetary line-up, during 1993 and 1994, when today's 16 and 17 year-olds were born which endowed them with a certain maturity of talent?

Surely there was.

Consulting my 20th century ephemeris, I find that throughout those years, 1993 and 1994 Uranus (the unexpected) and Neptune (creativity) were conjoined and transiting through.....CAPRICORN! Capricorn, ruled by Saturn - aka Old Father Time/Cronos, represents (among other things) age and maturity. I immediately see a connection here to young people who display a level of creative maturity entirely unexpected for their age group.

Take these 5 examples for starters:

The three lads who make up the Italian group Il Volo - two aged 16 one aged 17. These teenagers, "more popular than pizza" in their native Italy, are ready to make a name in the USA and world. Their debut album has already been certified platinum in Italy.

Listen, please:

Then, the two American Idol finalists, Scott McCreery (17) and Lauren Alaina Suddeth (16). Listen again, please: these two video clips are from the early auditions last summer. Since then these two have battled through a dozen or more rounds to become the last 2 standing and will fight for the title on Tuesday/Wednesday this week.

Scotty, now aged 17

Lauren, now aged 16

I rest my case. However, as I rest it on the astro point, I'll raise another. Both Scotty and Lauren sing country. Country music can be fun, can be emotionally moving, can be sickeningly maudlin or dangerously nationalistic. In whichever guise it presents, the best renditions, I find, are always by artists who can actually relate to the lyrics and situations described in the lyrics. Lyrics are the core of country. For singers who are 16 or 17, however mature their voices, there are very few sets of lyrics which embrace, engagingly, the life and emotional experiences of a teenager. It's a bit like being given a sweater by your Gran - it's 3 sizes too big, but you wear it anyway. You grow into it though - in time. As for Il Volo - as only the Italian speaking among us can interpret the lyrics - the lovely lads can get away with 'most anything - and get away with it superbly!

And now for something completely different:

Stevie Nicks. Her birthday is later this week - she was born on 26 May 1948 - Sun in Gemini, Moon in Capricorn.

Two of the best known songs written by Stevie, and performed by her with Fleetwood Mac are Rhiannon and Landslide. These two songs might be said to reflect Air and Earth, Gemini and Capricorn, her two astro "trademarks".

Airy Gemini:

Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night
And wouldn't you love to love her?
Takes through the sky like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you've never seen a woman
Taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you Heaven?
Will you ever win?...........

Earthy Capricorn:

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Happy Birthday, on Thursday, to Stevie Nicks!


anyjazz said...

Like I said before: That's a brilliant observation.

Twilight said...

anyjazz~~~ You mean the bit about the over-large!