Eagles – Hotel California (Leaping Ahead #62)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #62: 160302

[Song from a band beginning with E]

Written by Don Felder, Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey, the title track of the  similarly named 1977 album has most certainly earned its place in music history as truly great song. Much has been written about it over the years, but nothing beats going back to the roots.

Having mixed the rudiments of the melody to a demo tape, Felder passed this to Henley and Frey to work on the lyrics. Later in 2008, Felder had this to say about that…

All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about.

And in the 2013 documentary ‘History of the Eagles’, Henley said simply that…

…the song was about a journey from innocence to experience…that’s all…


2 thoughts on “Eagles – Hotel California (Leaping Ahead #62)

  1. I wasn’t a particularly big Eagles fan. Then this song (and album) came out. This song is, IMHO, a masterpiece. I love any song that ends with a great guitar solo. But the chord progression, the lyrics – everything. I just re-watched that Eagles documentary which they re-broadcast on Glenn Frey’s death. Good stuff. I’m still not what you’d call a massive Eagles fan. But I do like a lot of their stuff. And I think adding Joe Walsh gave them an edge that prior to that they’d lacked.

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