The Eagles framed the soundtrack to my high school years.
My friends and I used to sing "Desperado" with the radio on the way home from school. We added harmonies and passionate joy that only comes when teenagers invade the back of a Volkswagen Beetle drinking glass-bottled cokes popping peanuts inside.
I was a freshman and my boyfriend had a car. It was a yellow 1966 Ford Mustang convertible with a stick shift and I loved to drive it. We sang "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (1972) .... "Take It Easy" (1972)..."Lyin' Eyes" (1975 Don Henley/Frey)...so many times in my friend's Volkswagen or in my yellow love bug machine flying down back country roads fifteen minutes past my eleven o'clock curfew. Turning down the music was always the best option when trying to sneak in the driveway unnoticed. It didn't help that the headlights would always shine directly into my parents' bedroom window. Why is it that his music always brings back memories of carefree high school days with friends....when all that mattered was which song was on the radio?
The music was loud in my generation. But this man's musical soul was gentle.
His was the voice of soft rock. And we will miss him.
These lyrics are timeless. And they speak to me strongly on this day in 2016. The Mustang and the boyfriend long gone. But the message ever poignant to me -
"Your prison is walking through this world all alone.... You better let somebody love you before it's too late."
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it's too late
Full lyrics HERE
We will miss the stories in your songs and the music in your soul.
Posted by Mimi Lenox on Monday, January 18, 2016
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