Stevie Nicks Heard a White-Winged Dove Sing (For the First Time) and Shared the Moment with the World

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“Just like the white winged dove/Sings a song/Sounds like she’s singin’ …” sings Stevie Nicks in her iconic solo song “Edge of Seventeen,” taken from her 1981 solo debut Bella Donna.

It’s a legendary lyric, one made even more powerful matched to the song itself, a powerhouse anthem that helped cement Nicks’ place in history as one of the most formidable musicians of her generation (and beyond). You might think it was inspired by a real-life episode with a dove, but … nope.

In fact, thanks to Stevie Nicks herself on Instagram, we now know that she had not ever heard a dove sing in the manner she referenced in the song until this week. It sounds remarkable, but it’s apparently true.

The caption in full, in case it didn’t format properly on your screen:

In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, “The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her…” As you well know, I was very taken with that whole picture and went on to write “Edge of Seventeen.” But over the last 40 years I can honestly say, I have never heard a dove sing~ until now. Several days ago, outside my room, I started to hear the sound of a bird singing the same thing over and over. One little Ahhh~ and then three OOH’s~ over and over again. I thought it was an owl, but a friend said, “No, that’s a dove!” I started to cry. This dove had come here to watch over me.

So we filmed her singing her song and I am sending her out to you. With love, Stevie Nicks

p.s. She has been here for days. I think she’s here for good.

Thank you to Stevie Nicks for this glimpse into what she’s up to right now, remaining at home during the coronavirus pandemic like the rest of us. Previously, Nicks updated fans with another Instagram post indicating that she’s feeling especially creative, inspired by the new Harry Styles album and more as she devotes her time to paintings, drawing and more:

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