I can't believe that in my posting about my top ten songwriters I didn't include Don Henley, Glen Frye, Joe Walsh, and the Eagles, et al. This group has been on my favorite list since the '70's. They've just released a new double-CD album that is completely fabulous, Long Road Out Of Eden. For songwriters, this is a must-have. Completely captivating melodies mixed with graphic and meaningful lyrics that actually communicate messages worth hearing will keep you interested.
Oh, don't think think this is a concept album where everything begins to take on the same flavor - it's not. The group is, in typical Eagles fashion, all over the musical spectrum: upbeat, downbeat, ballads, hard rock, country-folk.
My pick hit is "Do Something," a fine ballad with a good piece of advice that we can all identify with. That's followed closely by "Waiting In The Weeds," a song about how life changes and that there's always hope.
For us songwriters, there are plenty of why-didn't-I-think-of-that-line moments. And the melodies -- oh, my! I have to describe some of them as truly innovative. You have to listen to these songs!
OK, OK, here's a lyric clip from the chorus of "Do Something:"
But when I feel like giving up
And I'm ready to walk away
In the stillness, I can hear
A voice inside me say
It's too late for saving face
Don't just stand there takin' up space
Why don't you do something?
It's not over
No, it's never too late
The melody and harmonies that go with this lyric will blow your mind. Really. Go buy the album and give it a listen.
You won't regret it. Hell, it may become one of your most-listened-to CDs.