The soundtrack to my life lost a voice and composer yesterday. I was shocked to learn that Glenn Frey, one of the base-members of The Eagles, had died. From the first time I heard:
“Well I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine sight to see,
It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”
I was hooked. Upon hearing those lyrics, voices, accompaniments and harmonies, I knew that The Eagles were a group I was going to pay attention to, and they didn’t disappoint.
Frey was the guy doing most of the singing on “Take it Easy” --he and Jackson Browne had written the song. Through the years, I sang along with Glenn and The Eagles from my records, tapes, CD’s, and downloads. I followed their music through ballads, hard guitar rock, blue grassy and country songs, through love songs, failed relationships, and angry social commentary. I wondered about “Hotel California” and learned that in a ‘New York minute’ everything can change. The Eagles, as a band, had amazing depth and exceptional talent in song writing, musicianship, and alway tight harmonies. Frey was a core part of it all.
The Eagles, because they became so popular, where overplayed on the radio and saturated the media, which led to a backlash by many, but not by me. I continued to follow them and, their music just got better and better. The last album I bought was that of another Eagle: Don Henley’s “Cass Country” (Henley was the Eagles’ drummer and co-wrote most of the later Eagle songs with Glenn Frey.)
I can’t believe that Glenn Frey’s voice and guitar have been silenced.
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