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As a songwriter, The Fray frontman Isaac Slade lives for the freedom that comes with writing his own material based on his own life experiences – but there’s just something about a good cover of a classic song that scratches that itch deep down in your soul, the one that longs to show the world what artists that came before you mean to you and how their creations have changed your life for the better.
From Kanye West’s “Heartless” to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” he’s done it all, reimagining your favorite songs in ways you’ve only ever dreamed of, but it’s ultimately Isaac’s impromptu take on the Eagles’ soaring “Desperado” that we find ourselves coming back to over and over again, an intimate performance filmed from the comfort of his car as he cruises down a lonely stretch of highway with only his thoughts, some music, and a camera to keep him company.
Fun Fact: Although “Desperado” is one of the Eagles’ best-known songs, their recording never charted on Billboard until the death of Glenn Frey, when it reached No. 20 on the Rock Digital Songs chart.
A fun little moment that gives a great glimpse into the music that’s helped shape and mold Isaac throughout the years, this a cappella take on “Desperado” is exactly what your soul needs right now and as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, you’ll love it just as much as we do. Happy viewing!
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