Monday, July 19, 2010

Listening to the details at sunset

We were driving home from visiting my mom and step-dad at their summer cottage in BELLEVUE, IOWA last night, marveling at a pink-and-purple sunset and singing along to THE EAGLES.
"You can't hide your lyin' eyes, and your smile is a thin disguise. I thought by now you'd realize there ain't no way to hide those lying eyes."

It was memorable because the sunset was so beautiful and the country rock of The Eagles has never been bettered -- although far too many contemporary country artists have certainly tried.

"LYIN' EYES," in particular, is such a well-arranged song, that's it's worth paying close attention as it plays. I listened closely last night.

The mandolins appearing briefly but effectively and the chords changing right at the end of the word "realize" in the chorus are among the tiny details that lend this 1975 single it's classic feel.

What's more, The Eagles are a great band to hear when the sun goes down. Of that, there can be no dispute.


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