In 1974, I met Jane in San Jose, CA while we both tried to get our dogs off from on top of the roof at apartment complex where we lived. Truly, it was love at first sight for us both even though we were still teenagers. We laughed over the incident and I somehow coaxed her back to my place where she saw my acoustic guitar on the couch and asked me to play a song. I thought, “Crap, what should I play? Beatles, Stones, Dylan?” I fumbled for an idea, an appropriate tune, for a few minutes to try and impress the heck out of her. Nothing came to mind and I felt like a complete idiot! I was at risk of humiliating myself by stalling and maybe having her laugh at me and leave, or worse, to see her walk out of my life when we had just met.
She sat across from me on a chair by the open door, her auburn hair began to sway from the summer early evening breeze, eyes sparkling and smiling, staring outside at nothing in particular. A few stars began to appear toward the desert mountains and all was quiet. I thought hard and struggled for a good song to impress her. No words were spoken.
And then, without realizing it, I played the first chords to an Eagles song that I learned a year or so earlier. I couldn’t, didn’t stop and just continued playing to the groove, and when I sang the first verse…”I like the way your sparkling earings lay, against your skin so brown…” I was subconsciously describing how beautiful she looked to me, and she knew it. She never took her eyes off me while I sang, and when I finished she walked over to me and kissed me softly. I was now hopelessly in love…doomed.
Throughout our 5 years together I sang “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to her on a regular basis and as we would lay outside at night “…with a billion stars all around”, we would sing lines from the song.
30 plus years later, we finally reconnected again recently by phone, and she asked if I still sing it. I told her not since we broke up, but when we do get together again, I promised her I will, for her. I think I heard her cry a bit, I’m sure she was smiling.
So someday soon, a promise for Jane, whom I still love, we might get that Peaceful, Easy Feeling once again… as though back in time. -Michael M.