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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Song Lyric of the Day (Don Henley, on Love in ‘A Graceless Age’)
“We all need a little
tenderness How can love survive In such a graceless age?”—American
rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter Don Henley, “The Heart of the Matter,” from his
CD, The End of the Innocence (1989)
The Eagles’ current "Long Goodbye" retirement
tour—and the advancing age of the band’s surviving members—means that, though we
may continue to hear from Don Henley at the occasional concert or even
CD, our opportunities to hear his unique perspective on the world will inevitably
Even aside from Henley’s essential
contributions to one of the most successful bands of the rock ‘n’ roll era, his
solo work from the Eighties will continue to reverberate in our minds—including
the question he posed in the quote above.
Sadly, not merely love,
but also friendship and even elementary courtesy, face increasingly dire
prospects in the “graceless age” already far along when Henley wrote these
lyrics—and even worse now.
(The image of Don Henley accompanying
this post was taken Dec. 2, 2008, by Steve Alexander.)
I'm a librarian (no, NOT a "cybrarian" or "information scientist" or any of the other trendy terms the profession has come up with), as well as a freelance writer/researcher; my political leanings are contrarian, much to the dismay of friends on the left and right, and so I will give anyone looking for my vote exactly what they deserve -- the back of my hand