For My Sunday Song #59, I have to go with Joe Walsh’s classic song “Life’s Been Good”. The song is off his 1978 album ‘But Seriously, Folks…” and was released as a single in May of that year. The song has two versions, the album cut which is an epic 8:56 and the radio edit which is only 4:35. The radio edit is great, but the full version is where all the magic happens.
“Life’s Been Good” is song that speaks to the excess of the rock gods of the 70’s. Lyrically, it paints a beautiful picture of how everyone thinks the huge Rock Stars live and probably resonated because everyone wants to be that Rock Star. The song hits all the high points, the mansion, the exotic sports car, the hit records, the fans and the money. What’s not to like.
The song is a mid-tempo beat with almost a reggae feel to it. It has a great guitar riff throughout and includes a bizarre little inside joke about 10 seconds after the song ends. Walsh very humorously goes “uh-oh, here comes a flock of wah wahs” followed by a chorus of duck or geese noises. I have no idea what the inside joke was, but it is quite funny regardless. I wonder what they were smoking?????
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My Sunday #50 is “Hotel California” by The Eagles. When you add on 2 special edition weekends, this is the 52nd week of My Sunday Song. One full year!! Each 10 weeks I have been switching up the theme, but I am enjoying going through my favorite songs so much that I will continue with this theme for a lot longer.
I had to choose a very special song to celebrate a year’s worth of My Sunday Song so I chose what just might be one of the songs ever written or ever played. “Hotel California” is pure magic in songwriting. Musically it can’t be beat and lyrically it conveys a mastery of storytelling.
“Hotel California” is the title track to the album of the same name. The single was released in February 1977 and went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won the band a Grammy (which they did not attend because Henley didn’t believe in contests or something like that). The song was written by Don Felder (who wrote the music), Don Henley (who wrote the lyrics) and Glenn Frey (who contributed some lyrics, but mostly helped with the outlining of the story).
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