One of my favorite songs of all time is Don Henley's "Boys of Summer." Hands Down. The song's sound of synthesizers and drumbeats will haunt anyone after hearing it. Images of beaches, sunsets, convertibles fill my head as I listen to lyrics like "the sun goes down alone" and "I never will forget those nights, I wonder if it was a dream." I'm listening to this song right now and I have the sudden urge to book a flight to California just so I can ride down the West Coast in a convertible during sunset. Over the summer I was lucky enough to see The Eagles in concert and I was able to hear "Boys of Summer" (Along with what are possibly the other two in my top three songs, "One of These Nights" and Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good.") and I must say that Don Henley sounded just as good, if not better, live.
This song causes me to long for summer, and the people in the music video seem to feel the same way. Shot in black and white, it shows many people going back to their normal lives after a summer of fun. The video begins showing people running on the beach, but then takes a turn as it begins to show a somewhat empty town except. Henley appears on the screen and begins to sing. As he sings it shows a montage of people returning to their everyday lives. A boy playing a drumset, a woman sitting on her back deck, and a man at a desk all seem to be longing for something and it is easy to tell what it is as the same clip of people running on the beach from the beginning of the video play in the background.
Originally written September 26, 2008.