When I liked an album, I used to play it non-stop, every day, every chance I got, over and over and over….
Hotel California by the Eagles got one of these treatments, I even had a version on cassettes so I could play it in the car, a Renault 5 at that time. For some reason I associate the song with driving around in this car… And my friend Antonio, il postino.
A little trivia: Hotel California touched on many themes, including innocence (and the loss thereof), addiction in general (and to drugs), death, the dangers, temptation and transient nature of fame, shallow relationships, divorce and loss of love, the end results of manifest destiny, and the “American Dream.”
Members of Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album’s release, Don Henley said:
“ This is a concept album, there’s no way to hide it, but it’s not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It’s more urban this time (. . . ) It’s our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say ‘We’ve been okay so far, for 200 years, but we’re gonna have to change if we’re gonna continue to be around.’ ”
Today I am grateful for good memories