The Hotel California

You can Checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave...

This is back to the Mission Series. Our goal is to visit, study and shoot every Mission up the California Coast. This one is the first and oldest and resides in Mission Valley, San Diego. This is an early morning from the back garden with the sun breaking through. Check out some of the other Mission shots on the blog to get some perspective. This also serves as a tribute of sorts to the song by The Eagles, “Hotel California”….recall “I heard The Mission Bell, and I was thinking to myself, “This could be Heaven or this could be Hell””

“Hotel California” topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold  1,000,000 records shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year for “Hotel California”  in 1978.

The lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” On the surface, it tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles”[ and later reiterated “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”

3 responses

  1. Jose Vazquez

    Awesome shot Erik! I really like these tributes you do because you’re combining my two passions – music and photography. This is such a great song, and the photo goes perfectly with it.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:03 am

  2. Nice Erik. Love the song and the location. I’m fascinated by the CA missions as well and this is one of the best.

    July 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

  3. Absolutely profound today, Erik. I love that song, it’s one of my all time favorites, and your image today really accentuates the feeling! GREAT composition and framing in this one!!

    July 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

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