One of These Nights (1975)
I thought I’d take a step back from the political back and forth. The anger of politics, religion and even from gray hair and creeky joints. J Who knew there would come a day when playing a guitar would be painful. (No, I’m not talking about those that have to hear me) J I mean my joints and hands not being comfortable and having to stop in the middle of a song to get feeling back in my hand. So, this is a little memory lane trip. Back when I had long hair and no belly and though old age was something that only happened to old people. J
This is the turning point of the Eagles. The old band was here. Henley, Frey, Leadon, Messiner along with Felder. This was the last of the classic Eagles and the preview of the band to come after when Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Scmidt replaced Leadon and Meissner. I’ve often said the Eagles wrote the soundtrack of my youth. I remember this one between my junior and senior years of high school. I’m thinking about looking back at old albums and things from back in the day. I’m a natural introvert and sometimes as a social worker I have to step back from all the noise and drama. Not making light of other’s journey and experiences but sometimes the social worker needs a social worker. A counselor. I find mine in meditation, prayer and sometimes by gazing into my own belly button. J So, here’s my thoughts and memories from a time in my misspent youth.
I spent most of my money and time on Wine, women and song. The rest I wasted…J .Paraphrase of an old quote.
1. One of These Nights: Now, I can’t tell you what the boys in the band were thinking as they cranked out this throwback to Witchy Woman sounding song. I can tell you what I remember of my own thoughts about it. I was young and full of teenage angst. I was still pretty sure that “one of these nights” the girl I wanted would magically be mine. I was still torn between the romantic notion of “trew luv” and the lust of my youth. J
2. Too Many Hands: A little faster and a little more convoluted. I could read into whatever I needed to read at the time from this one.
3. Hollywood Watlz: I really like this one. Easy to play on an acoustic guitar. Also, the theme of love once given never, being taken back.
4. Journey of the Sorcerer: Really good instrumental. Starts off slow and then speeds up to a cool finish.
5. Lyin’ Eyes: Classic Country Crossover: Faded love and memories of the one that got away. You can almost see the girl as she regrets some of the decisions made and longed for better times.
6. Take It To The Limit: Beer soaked nights and sobering up to the neon sign of the next bar. Wondering if “She” might of loved me if things were a little different.
7. Visions: Fast paced and of course it’s kind of introverted in it’s own way. After all visions are always personal.
8. After the Thrill is gone: See Lyin’ Eyes and faded love.
9. I wish You Peace: Soft little collaboration between Bernie Leadon and Patti Davis his then girlfriend and daughter of a future president of the United States. Nice thoughts and I remember listening to the warm lyrics on a cold winters night.
So there’s my review of one of the albums of my youth. It’s not the best album of all time. Not the absolute favorite of mine. But, it is one of my favorites if just because it’s an Eagles album and the particular time in my life I came to it.
I wish you Peace. J