Track of the Day: 'Desperado' by The Langley Schools Music Project

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Mike Kludt recommends a sweet and pathos-tinged rendition of a classic Eagles song:

This came to my attention years ago. It’s from The Langley Schools Music Project, a compilation of 1976-77 recordings by a Canadian music teacher of elementary school kids singing contemporary pop songs. (Yes, you read that right. Look it up. It’s a cute story [’Tis].)

It’s a solo rendition by a young girl of “Desperado.” She does a very nice job, but to me the key is to imagine that she’s singing about her dad. This gives it an emotional edge that is almost startling to someone like me who remembers when the original came out and who frankly didn’t give it much thought.

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