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Take It Easy

by awbvious

Cover of The Eagles, all vocals and instrumentation by awbvious, a Californian who has had his spirit here since 1979.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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“Take It Easy” was the first song I tried to cover from the album “The Very Best of The Eagles.” It’s the first song on the album, thus the first song I tried to cover from the album. It was also the first song on the Eagles’ first, eponymous album and their first single. However, it’s the second one I’m putting online as a “single” as “Peaceful Easy Feeling” which finally got through the steps of distribution is no doubt the best one. Of the rest I can’t say immediately which I like best. So, I plan to just release them in the track order of the “The Very Best of The Eagles” in what could be called “(Not) The Very Best of The Eagles.” Almost all the takes of the 19 songs I covered were recorded in February of 2019, but I did a few preliminary vocal takes on 1/31/2019 (some were used) and some touch-ups in early March.

Now, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” was definitely “easy,” but this “easy” song was probably the hardest. I have five previous versions/mixes of this song, five not-so-easy pieces that lead up to this final piece. The original “Take It Easy” is such a wonderfully produced song, and this is, well, not. I’m nowhere near as talented as Glyn Johns, the original producer.

Further, it’s very much a low production deal. I don’t have a drummer like Don Henley, heck, I don’t even have a drum. I literally made the percussion using the closest things I could reach for that were even passably suitable (namely, a cooking pot, which I turned over, and a chopstick). I’ve sung each of these Eagles songs countless times, and for all of them the vocals were definitely the easiest part, but I’ve never played a single one before on guitar and had to look up chords. Often there were multiple online chord variants, and I had to guess as to which sounded best. Sometimes I wouldn’t know and just layered multiple chord versions together.

I had a number of vocal takes, more than any other I think, some came out more “Countrified” than I like, some surprisingly not enough. No, I don’t think Eagles are Country, but to quote Henley: “As long as we’re on the charts. Any chart will do.” (Translation: Give me money and you call my music whatever you like—which I can agree with.) This line I read from Wikipedia when I was writing the description of “Best of My Love” probably sums up the sound of “Take It Easy” and others from the time: “Despite the success of their debut album the Eagles (Frey specifically) were unhappy over Johns' preference for country rock and toning down their own rock aspirations.” It’s a tension in their music that is hard to replicate sometimes, and probably why my vocal tracks would vacillate on the spectrum between takes.

I did two vocal tracks while listening to a previous, more-Country, vocal track in my headphones. Those two new tracks sounded very similar, close enough that I thought they complimented each other nicely. If you notice what I sing in that first verse in both sounds kind of like “four that want to own me / two that want scold me”—which of course doesn’t rhyme. The reason is I always thought the lyric was “four that want to hold me / two that want to scold me” (where “hold” is actually pronounced without the “h” sound), but the lyrics I found online were “four that want to own me / two that want to stone me.” Hearing it in my head, all I can definitely say I hear is “four that want ah-oh-me and two that wan-ah sss-ooh-me.” I decided that “own” is definitely more likely than “hold” because I don’t hear an “h” but I couldn’t bear to say “stone” instead of “scold” because I definitely don’t hear a “t” (I more hear some kind of soft glottal sound that could probably be either, and “sc” is softer than “st”). I later tried to include a not-funny-to-any-one-but-me joke where I record both “four that want to hold me / two that want to scold me” and “four that want to own me / two that want to stone me” at the same volume so that you’d hear either version depending on what you’re listening for. But while it achieved the effect, it didn’t sound good, so I wisely didn’t include it.

I decided to just use those two close-sounding tracks, decided not to use the rest, and just sprinkled in some harmony in a few places, mostly paralleling when it was done in the original. While this song was hard to make, hopefully it is easy to take.



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