Kate finally gets her big break on the latest episode of This Is Us when a house band's regular lead singer falls ill and she is tapped to sit in with them. If you were wondering what the beautiful song is that Kate sings in the episode, it's called "Landslide," and its lyrics are particularly poignant for the Pearson family.
The song was written by Stevie Nicks and released as part of Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album. She has said that the song is about both her then-relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, her singing partner and fellow Fleetwood Mac member, and her relationship with her father. It was written while Nicks was in Aspen, CO, looking out at the Rocky Mountains.
"I realized then that everything could tumble, and when you're in Colorado, and you're surrounded by these incredible mountains, you think avalanche," Nicks said on In the Studio with Redbeard in 1992. "It meant the whole world could tumble around us and the landslide would bring you down. And a landslide in the snow is, like, deadly. And when you're in that kind of a snow-covered-surrounding place, you don't just go out and yell, because the whole mountain could come down on you."
On This Is Us, the song's repeated stanza "Well, I've been afraid of changin' / 'Cause I've built my life around you / But time makes you bolder / Even children get older/ And I'm getting older, too" has particular meaning for all the characters, which makes "Landslide" a perfect choice for Kate's big break.
For Rebecca, who would have been about 25 years old when "Landslide" came out (and was therefore probably a huge Stevie Nicks fan), the song cuts right to the heart of what it was probably like for her in the wake of Jack's death. Her whole life was built around him and their family, and suddenly he was gone. And she is now shouldering the burden of everything that used to be carried by two people, so it probably felt as though a landslide could take her out at any moment.
But Rebecca also tells Kate after the performance that Kate and her brothers are her whole life. They're now adults, with families and lives of their own, and perhaps Rebecca still isn't quite sure what to do with that. It certainly feels at times like she's still figuring out how to be a mother to her adult kids.
For the three Pearson children, it's also a time of scary change. Kate is trying to lose weight and pursue a singing career; Kevin is trying to distance himself from The Manny and be a more serious actor; and Randall is shaking up his family by fostering a child, something he is terrified he won't be able to do well. It's a lot to handle, especially since it seems like all three children are still dealing with their father's death some 20 years later.
If you liked Kate's rendition of "Landslide," definitely check out the Fleetwood Mac version.