Cramming select lyrics into leadership and life lessons
NOTE: This was originally published here on January 20, 2016.
The recent death of Glenn Frey, co-founder, co-front man, guitarist, keyboardist, coach, and “glue” of The Eagles, is another in a series of recent deaths in the legendary musician community. Frey’s death hit me particularly hard, because I grew up on The Eagles’ music. My dad loved them, and so I do too.
We’d listen to Eagles records, 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs. My dad and I had an Eagles guitar tab book, and we’d huddle around it with our acoustic guitars, strumming as best we could while singing falsetto to match the vocals of Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit (Frey and Joe Walsh are a little easier to sing).
Over the summer, while moving out to California, my family and I even stopped off in Winslow, Arizona to see “Standin’ on a Corner Park.” Well worth the visit if it’s on your way.
The Eagles have played such an essential role in my life, and it pains me that the band is done. (Even if Henley rallied the surviving members, it wouldn’t be the same.) So I wanted to write about them by forcibly cramming select lyrics into leadership and life lessons because I can.