Peace in a bottle

The man who wrote the Eagles hit 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' and many other songs now has a wine line. Come taste and listen.

March 25, 2014|By Michael Miller
  • Jack Tempchin.
Jack Tempchin. (Steven Pereira )

It only takes a brief online search to reach an undeniable conclusion: Jack Tempchin is quite at peace with having written "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

The songwriter who penned the Eagles' 1972 hit posts on his website an image of the lyrics' original, handwritten draft — complete with notes in the upper-left corner indicative of a fledgling songwriter's bills, listing prices for paint, heat and electrical wiring.

Another section of the website, titled "My Peaceful Easy Feeling," displays stories from fans about how the country-rock ballad affected their lives. Tempchin, like a proud papa cradling his bundle of joy, notes in the page's introduction that he "solely composed" the tune and that the original lyric sheet appears at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

In short, Tempchin seems intoxicated to have written such a modern classic. And now that a Southern California winery has a brand named "Peaceful Easy Feeling" ... well, some punch lines just write themselves.


Those who enjoy "Peaceful Easy Feeling" in both its musical and fermented forms may stop by April 3 at the Wine Gallery in Laguna Beach, where Tempchin will perform with a small band and bottles will be for sale. As for Tempchin's set list, he has one tune lined up for sure.

"I'm not a guy that goes and shows up and doesn't do my hit song," the Encinitas resident said with a laugh by phone last week. "I'm not that guy."

That's not to say that Tempchin is a one-hit wonder. Along with "Peaceful," he co-wrote "Already Gone," "The Girl from Yesterday" and other Eagles tracks, and contributed material for Tanya Tucker ("Somebody Trying to Tell You Something"), Johnny Rivers ("Slow Dancin' [Swayin' to the Music]"), George Jones ("Someone that You Used to Know") and many more.

Still, when Tempchin found himself talking about potential rock-themed wines one day with Michael Langdon, the wine and spirits buyer at Whole Foods Market in Encinitas, it didn't take long to pick a title. South Coast Winery, based in nearby Temecula, had already named a line after Warrant's song "I Saw Red," and when Tempchin expressed interest in a "Peaceful" offering, Langdon phoned his contacts and made it happen.

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