Stevie Nicks has opened up about some of the artists that inspire her musically. When it comes to songwriting, she’s learned some valuable lessons from Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Still & Nash (CSN).
Particularly, she’s inspired by CSN’s 1969 self-titled debut, and Mitchell’s 1972 album “For The Roses.” Why? Because the releases showed her how to fit complex poems to music to make song lyrics.
“The way [CSN] phrased, and the way Joni Mitchell phrased her words and could get so many words into one sentence,” she explains. “[She] could really write formal poetry and still stuff it into a song, whereas most people were more simple.”
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock