And the answer: dove.
Released on her 1981 debut solo album, Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen'' quickly found massive popularity. In a 2020 Twitter post, Nicks revealed that the "white-winged dove" lyric was inspired by a 1980 flight. "I was handed a menu that said, ‘The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh," Nicks tweeted.
From a young age, Stevie Nicks has drawn her inspiration from unlikely sources to create some of the most memorable sounds of the 20th century. Nicks purportedly wrote her first song at 15 years old, after receiving her first guitar from her parents. Even before that, however, her grandfather had pushed to involve Nicks with music. At just 5 years old, grandfather A.J. Nicks even tried to get Stevie’s parents to allow the young singer to join him on tour. Naturally, they refused, but it was only a matter of time before Nicks would take her own place on center stage.
Nicks describes that she often finds songwriting material in everyday life. In 2016, the star reported to The Creative Independent that witnessing romantic moments or watching powerful movies inspires her to write. Nicks goes on to describe:
“I can be sitting in a parking lot … and I see a couple walk by and I can see their fingers gently touch … and then I can go home and write a song about them.”
Thankfully, this has led to some incredible music. Nicks’ debut solo album, Bella Donna, peaked at No.1 on the U.S. Billboard chart, and received multiple platinum certifications. Over the course of her career, Nicks has more than solidified this star status by earning not one, but two inductions into the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame—one with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and again as a solo artist in 2019.
Learn more about Stevie Nicks’ life and career here.