By Linda Kor
Winslow has long been known for its association with the Jackson Browne song Take It Easy. In fact, a good portion of the city’s identity is based on the concept of “standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”
Although the song was made famous by the Eagles, it was Browne who penned it after traveling through the area. Adding validity to the connection of the song with the community was Browne’s performance at the Station To Station event held last year at La Posada in Winslow. While he sang the much anticipated song for the crowd, he also performed for the first time a song about riding the rail that he had yet to name.
That song is now featured as the No. 4 tune on the play list of his new album, Standin’ In The Breach, set for release in October. Leaving Winslow carries a similar message as Take It Easy, but instead of hitching a ride with a girl in a flatbed Ford, in this song Browne sings of traveling on the rail and disappearing from the life that plays out on social media and television.
Whether this song will further add to Winslow’s identity remains to be seen, but it seems likely that soon you will not only want to take your picture standin’ on a corner, but also catchin’ a train in Winslow, Arizona.