Don Henley Releases Music Video for ‘Take a Picture of This’
Don Henley's upcoming album, Cass County, is scheduled to hit the streets on Sept. 25, and during the wait, he's been giving fans glimpses of the songs on the new project. The founding member of the Eagles recently revealed a video performance of one of the tracks, "Take a Picture of This."
"Take a Picture of This" is co-written by producer Stan Lynch, and while at first it seems to be a bittersweet and nostalgic remembrance of earlier years, from growing up ("A long, long time ago / When we were young and pretty / We ruled the world / We stopped the time / We knew it all / We owned the city") to watching the years go rushing by, it becomes clear that there's a twist to the song.
In the music video, Henley sings about a joyful wedding day, raising a family and having kids grow up and leave the nest, all while encouraging the recipient of his words to "take a picture of this." It sparks a feeling of capturing moments and looking back at them fondly -- but then, Henley sings of packing a suitcase and buying a ticket because "I don't know you anymore," and "There's no one here to talk to / No reason to remain."
In just a couple of lines, the song turns from reminiscent to a cautionary tale of living in the past, always looking back instead of forward: "Take a picture of this / This is me leaving / Take a picture of this / This is me walking away," Henley concludes.
The music video captures Henley doing what he does best -- performing -- and the words of the song paint a picture that won't soon leave listeners' and viewers' minds.
"Take a Picture of This" is just one of many new songs from Henley. His new record features several guests, including Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe, Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams and Trisha Yearwood, along with rocker Mick Jagger.
“I chose people that I respect musically. People whose work I respect, whose voices I like, who are all great, authentic singers who can really sing when called upon to sing,” Henley explains. “Some of them are friends of mine, and some of them I had never met before. I was flattered and flabbergasted when all of them said, ‘Yeah.’"
On Sept. 17, according to ABC News Radio, Henley will be part of an hour-long keynote interview as part of the 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference, and he'll also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards.
Cass County is Henley's first solo record since 2000′s Inside Job.