Song: The End of The Innocence
Band: Don Henley
This one's one of the more recognizable tunes I'm ever likely to cover. I’m not a huge Eagles fan per se but I have to salute Don Henley for this anthemic song from his third solo album of the same name from 1989. Actually it was Bruce Hornsby who wrote the music; Henley wrote the choice lyrics but essentially claimed co-ownership of the song with his bittersweet, ambivalent reflections on nostalgia, regret and the complex colours of adulthood. Pretty damned fine bit of songcraft. The signature measured, timeless cadence of Hornsby’s stepping piano phrasing and the Henley’s vivid, poignant poetry of the song's theme are classic. Plus there's Wayne Shorter’s haunting soprano sax solo: economical yet elegantly graceful, it just stabs me in the heart.
Click here for a Vimeo link to the official video for the song. Fun fact: the video was directed by David Fincher, pre-fight Club and Se7en.
Posted by Max MacDonald