I love classic rock and roll. One of my favorite artists is Stevie Nicks, with and without Fleetwood Mac.
Recently I went to an outdoor concert to watch her perform live. Packed in with 14,000 other people, I waited in anticipation, knowing she would deliver not only great music but great entertainment. The beginning of the concert started off perfect, with her singing many of her famous songs. The crowd sang every word with her.
The band was playing the intro for “Edge of Seventeen.” My friends and I were standing up clapping and dancing; ready to “rock out” to one of our favorite songs. When it came time for Stevie to start the first words to the song ‘Just like a white winged dove . . . sings a song,” she missed her intro! The crowd went quiet, the band started the intro again and she missed the intro again! Stevie rushed to catch up to the band and when she was caught up it was amazing. She sang with more heart, more soul than I have ever seen her perform before. When the song was over the crowd went wild.
After that moment the concert was almost magical. Stevie Nicks never apologized for her error. She corrected her mistake and then gave the crowd all of what she had to offer as an artist. Sure there were some folks in the crowd that said as a professional and as many times as she has sung “Edge of Seventeen” there was no excuse for the mistake. I say, sure she stumbled, but look how great she recovered!
As one verse in the song says
“And so with the slow graceful flow of age
I went forth with an age old desire to please.”
When I was recounting this story with a friend, I was touched with the memory of how one person could stumble in front of thousands and yet recover so well. I can only pray that when I falter in my simple life that I can recover, especially in God’s eyes.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.