Over here, on the mantlepiece... here's Glenn's Grammy Awards!
Here's one from 1975 for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus which
the Eagles were awarded for Lyin' Eyes; and two from '77, namely Record Of The Year for
Hotel California right alongside Best Arrangement For Voices, which they
won for New Kid In Town. One more, sez here it's Best Rock Vocal Performance
by a Duo or Group, and that's for Heartache Tonight.
He'd better make room for one more . . .January of 1998 The Eagles will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, their very first year of elegibility. This mantelpiece is getting crowded!
Here's the Reebok From The Heart Award, presented to Glenn in 1990 in
honor of his fundraising efforts to find a cure for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.
And over here is the Detroit Music Awards Distinguished Achievement Award,
presented to a native boy who's done the city proud.
Well, okay, that does it for the mantlepiece, but hey, what's the funny
statue over there behind that potted palm? Why, it's the ancient Scandinavian God, Frey!
Yes, 'tis true. According to the book Norse Magic by D.J. Conway,
The Vikings worshipped Frey as the God of the Sun, the weather (Strange Weather?)
crops and... Sensual Love. (Is anyone surprised?)
As one of the central figures in the Viking Pantheon, Frey ruled
over a great many things and is regarded even today as a good
luck figure in the Scandinavian region. In fact, the first Swedish kings
claimed to have been descended from Frey.
The Viking alphabet, more
precisely called the Elder Futhark, begins with Frey's rune. This Futhark
was used not only for purposes of communication and record keeping,
but was also used to foretell the future. The first eight of the
twenty-four runes are referred to as Frey's Aett, and pertain to
beginning projects, good luck, and having the gods on your side.
As a fertility god, Frey was seen as a benevolent force, and was called
upon to bless and protect new marriages. Rituals in honor of Frey
involved handclaps... which incidentally is how Heartache Tonight got started, one night in Glenn's livingroom. Coincidence? Naaaa!!!!
Freysblot, the feast day
in honor of Frey, was celebrated on July 31st, when the first harvests were brought in.
On this night, revellers would party all night in the fields, with bonfires
and all sorts of hedonistic behavior the norm. Sounds like a good excuse to
mix up a Tequila Sunrise or two. Anybody know a big field we can take over?
Hey, go get a
Frey statue of your very own...
buy two, and use 'em to prop up your CD collection...