Lay Down For Free - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

from the album Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (2017)

A central postulate of this blog is that the two critical elements of all great songs are superior songwriting and vocal performances.  Within this framework, one can clearly understand why the music of Fleetwood Mac endures.

As songwriters and vocalists, the trio of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie are as formidable as any group in popular music.  Add to them Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, a rhythm section for the ages, and they become nearly impossible to match.

It is fun listening to the new, self-titled record by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.  It offers us a glimpse into how two pieces of the puzzle interlock, into the common language they have developed, and into how great musicians apply their craft in the latter stages of their careers.

The song I am digging most is Lay Down For Free.  A Lindsey Buckingham composition, the song has all of his familiar elements.  Relaxed tempo and groove, intimate vocal delivery, signature guitar tones.  But when the chorus kicks in, and Christine McVie's harmonies enter, the song becomes magical, its pieces interlocked, delivering on its promise to the listener.  Her keyboard riffing is icing on the cake.

Even if you are not a Fleetwood Mac fan, check this song out.  It is a lesson in craftsmanship.

Click Here to watch Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McView perform Lay Down For Free last month in Nashville.

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