Take It Easy

thYGUI2XO0  Download    It is not my intention to turn this little blog into an obit column, but we’ve lost several giants in the music industry in a relatively short period of time.  In recent days, Natalie Cole and David Bowie have been taken from us.  Now, Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, has passed away.  If you’re under the age of 70, you grew up listening to the many hits of this band:  Best of My Love, Lyin’ Eyes, Heartache Tonight, Already Gone, Hotel California, Tequila Sunrise – just to name of few.  Glenn Frey had a hand in writing and performing all of those songs – he’ll be sorely missed.

“Take It Easy” was recorded by The Eagles in 1972 with Glenn Frey singing lead vocals.  It was their first single and was the opening track on their debut album.  Jackson Browne (another super talent) actually began writing the song but never completed it.  Our Mr. Frey finished it for him by adding more lyrics and got permission to record it with his new band.   The most memorable verse is “Standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona – such a fine sight to see – It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford – slowin’ down to take a look at me”.

Because that second verse got so famous, the city of Winslow, Arizona erected a bronze statue (life-size) and mural commemorating the song.  The statue stands near a lamp post, the male figure holding an acoustic guitar.  Above his head there is a sign with the words “Standin’ on the Corner”.  The mural behind the statue is of a storefront with a window that reflects a red flatbed Ford pickup driven by a blonde-haired woman.  If you look closely at the picture above, you can see an eagle sitting on the upper left window.  Very cool.

As a singer, you should have some “Eagles” in your repertoire and this song is a good place to start (download my backup track on the Pop/Rock list).  Easy to sing, a good solid rock beat, and now you have a story to tell as you introduce this great tune.

Watch Glenn and the boys do this song on the link below:



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