Amy Mantis


The Eagles

As I have said before, I am not cool enough to not be an Eagles fan in this day and age.  They're too good to dislike as far as I'm concerned.

There was a brief period when I was too cool to admit that I liked them.  No, loved them.  I don't know why.  Maybe they weren't heavy enough, but then they have a song like "Those Shoes" with that talk box and that groove.  I don't know, but what I do know is that I am a student of the Eagles.  Why?

Because they're REALLY REALLY GOOD.

All of them.  I'm partial towards Don Henley and Joe Walsh, but after seeing them live, my respect for Glenn Frey went up tenfold.  He has charisma and knows how to handle a crowd.  He's far looser than Don Henley as a frontman.  I love Don.  I love his songwriting, I love his drumming, I love his voice, but there's a reason Glenn's up front most of the time and Don isn't.  And that's okay.  It works.  It works really well.

And I love Joe Walsh for obvious reasons.  I aspire to be like Joe Walsh in that he is 100% true to himself.  And he plays a mean guitar.  He also seems to not care what anyone thinks of him.  He does Joe Walsh and if you don't like it, well, you don't have to listen.

I think that's what I love the most about the musicians from the 60s and 70s.  While they wanted as many people as possible to hear them, if you didn't like them, they weren't going to try to please you.  They did their thing and they did it damn well.  Everyone from the Beatles to Hendrix to Janis Joplin to the Eagles to Cream to Led Zeppelin - if you didn't like it, go find something else.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to continue listening to the Eagles.

Actually, I'm gonna go practice, which is what Don Henley would do.