They're dropping like flies! It's an eerie feeling you get when all these artists you grew up with start popping off with what appears to be increasing regularity. Oh dear, a sign of our own ageing selves.
Glenn Frey and the Eagles, for me, were the evolution of the Gram Parsons sound. Gram Parsons was a genius and one of my favourite musicians of all time. He created that hybrid rock-country harmony sound. I think one of the founding members of the Eagles used to play with Parsons (Bernie Leadon?) and the Eagles continued to develop that sound and brought it right into the mainstream with huge commercial success. I loved the Eagles, especially the early songs and Glenn Frey made a huge contribution. RIP Glenn Frey.
Yes, old eras die, new ones (not necessarily better) are born. R.I.P. dearest Glenn – made wonderful iconic music that millions of people loved like personal treasures.
And speaking of Gram Parsons monumental influence on the Eagles sound, here's an early example of Gram's and the Byrds' jangling guitar and vocal harmonies – close your eyes and you could easily be hearing an Eagles number in an earlier incarnation:
Though I believe that the song itself was penned by Bob Dylan – the musical arrangements are pure Gram.
Give Roger McGuinn a bit of credit for The Byrds' sound, as well.
What feature do Gram Parsons, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg share? — they are all Harvard dropouts. Parsons died in 1973 at the age of 26.
You’re absolutely right, Sean. Here’s to appreciating a small taste of Roger McGuinn:
My favorite Byrds song from Easy Rider — "I Wasn't Born to Follow":
Note the sudden psychedelic transition/warp at around 1:00 — that's probably an expression of Roger McGuinn's sensibility — it's intense — and mined from the same rich seam as "Eight Miles High."
I love that song too, Sean – originally penned by Carole king – covered beautifully by the Byrds and their refreshing, sparkling arrangements. Great Lyrics, great music – classic song.
Very different memories here,
Beirut during the civil war … My parents' balcony was as long as the whole flat , I used to wait for the calm to set in , take my radio out and put Radio Liban that played the music of the '60s ,70's , 80s which I loved , (except those I didn't !) and jog up and down the length of said balcony , until I was ready to drop or until the bombs & shooting started flying overhead .
I'd pack up my radio pronto and go back indoors … …
When someone important was killed or died a natural death … Radio Liban would go into mourning for 3 days by putting La Musique Classique …which included many happy tunes by Mozart, Bach , Strauss , etc… I would still jog till I drop.
Pity the children who passed those years being conditioned to believe Bach, Haendl , Haydn, Mozart's was music to only grieve and mourn by !
"…which included many happy tunes by Mozart, Bach , Strauss , etc… "
If only it was just that ….
Sadly I can't begin to count the faults, foibles, failures, flaws,
fissures , etc… in our most beautiful Lebanon. ….
i just watched a video of glenn saying his most defining song (or something like that) was "one of these nights" so here it is. a great song indeed.
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