I deliberately left the Eagles out of Montauk Madness, but now I feel a little guilty about it.
I’ve always considered myself an Eagles hater, based mostly on my dislike of their signature album, Hotel California. But last September I took a dive into their whole catalog and realized I’m actually quite fond of their earlier, more country-folk songs.
In fact, lately I’ve been playing the hell out of ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling,’ ‘Desperado,’ ‘Already Gone’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ to name a few.
This will sound silly, but I think it has something to do with my recent realization (after trips to Los Angeles and Hawaii) that while I’ve lived my whole life within minutes of the Atlantic Ocean, I’m a Pacific Ocean guy at heart. That explains not just my new-found affinity for the Eagles but my love of Lana Del Rey and even Moana.
Starin’ slowly ‘cross the sky said goodbye
He was just a hired hand
Workin’ on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by
Every night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she’s out runnin’ ’round
She wasn’t just another woman
And I couldn’t keep from comin’ on
It’s been so long
Oh and it’s a hollow feelin’ when
It comes down to dealin’ friends
It never ends
Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It’s another tequila sunrise, this old world
Still looks the same
Another frame, mmm
It’s funny that you tend to like the more Glenn Frey influenced Eagles songs and dislike the more Don Henley/Joe Walsh songs to which I gravitate. Frankly, I would have put Henley up in the competition as a solo artist, but I think the Eagles arguably deserve to be there as well.