Why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences
For so long now
Oh, you’re a hard one
But I know that you’ve got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow
Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know, the queen of hearts is always your best bet
Now, it seems to me some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get
~Desperado, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the passing of Eagles co-founder, Glenn Frey. I was introduced to the Eagles’ music at the tender age of 14 years and listened to them well into my twenties. Of course, their songs will live forever on classic rock stations. Like so many other iconic bands, their songs are woven into the fabric of our culture’s music, and will endure for generations to come. For sure, their genre will outlast some of today’s music trends.
For songography, I chose lyrics from Desperado. On the surface you may envision a hardened man who lives the rough life of a Wild West Outlaw. A man who is running from love and commitment. I’ve always read into the lyrics the message of desperation (desperado, get it?) and confusion about life and how difficult it is to recognize the direction to go in order to achieve lasting happiness. All too often we chase after the “pleasures” of this world and find that, in the end, they are nothing but empty promises. We tend to overlook the blessings we’ve been given in lieu of chasing after shiny, new things that catch our eye. We want to chase after the Queen of Diamonds and her tempting promises of fame, fortune, status, prestige and wealth instead of focusing on the Queen of Hearts who offers loving relationships that will outlast any bank account or title.
From Take It Easy to Hotel California, the Eagles became synonymous with those intense, self-indulgent teenage years of the 70s, along with Bob Segar, Journey, The Beach Boys, Bad Company, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Credence Clearwater Revival just to name a few. Like any other band, they had moments of brilliance, mediocrity and downright trash. But for many baby boomers, they were part of the music scene that defined a generation.