Don Henley is one of those rare artists who has achieved huge success as part of a band – The Eagles, and as a solo artist. He is truly blessed with exceptional talent. While the music is always good, I’ve found it to be more of a backdrop of what he wants to communicate. Very few artists write lyrics that are this thoughtful and deep. It also usually easy to hear and understand what he is saying which is an underappreciated talent especially from someone who is obviously so well read and intelligent.
Rod’s work has had many phases and I’ve always enjoyed listening to where his muse is taking him next. This particular song, “Never Give Up On A Dream” isn’t well known, but is one of my favorites. It was written in 1980 and celebrates the gallant efforts of Terry Fox – a young man with cancer who attempted to run across Canada on one good leg as he struggled with his disease. Sadly, he passed away shortly thereafter. As always is the case you can hear when Rod is truly inspired (as many of us rightfully were at the time). He is truly in his element. Like all good songs, the lyrics transcend the original motivation and resonate on a higher level. Continue reading