By Linda Kor
In what was likely a once in a lifetime opportunity, the legendary Jackson Browne performed Saturday night at La Posada in Winslow along with an eclectic mix of artists and performers as part of the Station To Station nomadic experience.
Browne stood before an audience of approximately 200 performing his latest songs, as well as classics such as Running On Empty and Take It Easy. In between songs he spoke about being in Winslow many times before, but always in the middle of the night. “I would be sleeping on my tour bus and be woken up by my band members so that they could get a picture of me by the statue, but I’ve never been here during the day,” he said. “It’s a real pleasure to be in Winslow, it’s a dream come true, really.”
He also laid to rest any debate over who penned the hit song Take It Easy, now such an integral part of the identity of Winslow. He explained that he wrote the song after his car broke down in Flagstaff, and several more times after that before he was offered a ride by some travelers in a panel van. He began writing the song and wrote it over an extended period of time. “It was about the whole Southwest experience,” he explained. He was making an album that didn’t have room for the song, so Glenn Frey of the Eagles persuaded him to give the song to them. “I just want you know I wrote standin’ on the corner, and I want to thank Glenn Frey for his contribution of Ford, Lord…girl, Ford, Lord,” he said jokingly.
Browne’s performance was part of Doug Aitken’s Station To Station nomadic art experience, a train which stops at 10 locations coast to coast bringing art out of the museum and into everyday living spaces. Winslow was the only appearance for Browne, but the event included other musical performances by artists such as THEESatisfaction, Chan Marshall, Cold Cave, and legendary songwriters and producers Giorgio Moroder and Bruce Sudano. Also participating were visual artists, craftsmen and dancers. From Winslow, the train made its way to Barstow, Calif., bringing with it a new group of artists and an entirely new experience for visitors to that event.
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By Linda Kor