Song of the Day #4,568: ‘Life on Mars? (Live)’ – David Bowie

Continuing the chronological presentation of my 25 favorite songs…

Life on Mars?‘ – David Bowie (1971)

This is the first of six songs from the 70s to make my list (tying that decade with the 80s for most represented). I guess that makes sense, given that those two decades made up my first 18 years, and isn’t that when music makes its biggest impact?

That’s one theory, but a deeper dive reveals that half of those 12 songs — including both of today’s featured tracks — didn’t find me until much later. So maybe they were just good musical decades.

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Song of the Day #3,025: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ – The Eagles

eagles_one_of_these_nightsThe Random iTunes Fairy is amused that I bought an Eagles album after years of dissing the band. Specifically, I downloaded their extended greatest hits collection after discovering that it’s really just Hotel California (the song and the album) that turns me off. I’m actually pretty fond of the earlier, more country-flavored songs.

‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ from the 1975 release One of These Nights is a good example. Written, like so many Eagles hits, by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ won a Grammy and reached the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Country charts.

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Song of the Day #1,649: ‘Desperado (Live)’ – Linda Ronstadt

eagles_desperadoOur 40th birthday cruise was a celebration of both my birthday and my wife’s (both of which fall in December) but her actual birthday fell during the trip.

Yesterday’s Schooner Bar clip was from the night of her birthday, after we had enjoyed a lovely dinner in one of the cruise’s “premium” restaurants. I tend to think it’s a scam to make people pay extra for food on a cruise for which all of the meals are supposed to be included, but the ambiance (only five other tables in our dining room as opposed to a hundred) made it worth it.

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