This past MLK Day was a sad one .. this was the day Glenn Frey, one of the founders of the Eagles, passed away. It came as a big shock to many, and I still think about his brilliance.
They were the first real band that I followed closely, and I grew up listening to them. I fell in love with their harmonies, the fusion of country rock, and even though none of the were originally from Southern California, us Angelinos adopted them as our own.
One of these Nights was probably what attracted me first, followed by Lyin’ Eyes … but I think I really became a fan when we got the 8-track version of the Eagles’ Greatest Hits . Yes, you heard it … 8-track. I love it … there was not a bad track on that. But then, Take it Easy really caught my ears, and it just captured the sound that we all know and love.
Then, they had the Eagles Live album. I remember the passage in Take it Easy “Well I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine site to see” … and they replaced that with “well I’m standing on a corner in Southern California, such a fine site to see” … and the crowd erupted (concert recorded at Universal Amphitheatre, I think). When I heard that, I yelled “yeah!!!!”
It’s been a full day now, and I’m still listening to my Eagles Spotify playlist. When’s the last time you were such a fan of an artist, that their passing away has pre-occuppied your attention so much? I think the last time for me was John Lennon … Now I’m not going to make the comparison of Glenn Frey to John Lennon, but to me, he was that important.
So to Glenn Frey, we will all miss you. You are such a talent, and you will be missed dearly. Take it Easy.