I grew up hearing The Eagles and Don Henley constantly as my mother literally still might be their biggest fan. You'd think, like most kids, that would have caused me to hate that music but instead it sort of made me appreciate good songwriting early. Some of that stuff just can't be ignored, the harmonies, lyrics, songcraft. The whole time I was in LA I couldn't help but imagine what it was like down there while Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Tom Petty, CSNY, Jackson Browne, ect. were on the scene and making records.
There was a record store called Vacation Vinyl just down from my place on Sunset Blvd and every other day after coffee I'd grab a few new records out of the .99 cent bin. I found stuff like Joe Walsh's "So What", Jackson Browne’s "Lawyers in Love", David Crosby's "If I Could Only Remember My Name", Don Henley's “End of the Innocence", ect ...found myself remembering these records from my childhood and how much that music really stuck with me.
I chose "Heart of the Matter" because I think the lyrics are so honest and anyone my age or older can relate. Talking about failed relationships and forgiveness. Hearing about your ex moving on. Topics that will never go away and that I see all around me constantly. I think this is one of the greatest songs he ever wrote and as soon as I put it on I still somehow knew the lyrics...which means my mother probably put it on repeat 300 times while I was strapped in a car seat as she drove around Boise, ID or up highway 55 to our house in Donnelly, ID. Windows down, stereo cranked up, screaming every word. So thanks for that ma and here's a mellow rendition of this month's cover, Don Henley's "Heart of the matter". Hope you enjoy. - JC