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The Spirit and the Song

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 Winslow has The Corner. The Corner sits, as far as anyone can tell, at the intersection of East Kinsley, and North Second, on old Route 66 where it passes through town. If this was not the actual corner, it is now, or it will do. Perhaps there never was a "Corner" in the literal sense; but there is one now.
 

 So what is, "The Corner"? It is as much a state of mind as anything else, and certainly meant nothing thirty five years ago, when the idea was first phrased. The whole thing centers around one line, from the Eagles song, Take It Easy:
"I'm 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."
 

 The song, Take It Easy, may have been inferred, to be about a number of things; but it was essentially about a young man hitchhiking from Texas to Los Angeles, sometime in the sixties, and his reasons and attitudes along the way. Upon it's release in 1972, it was a reasonably popular song, making number 12 on the charts; but it has retained it's popularity quite well, and is still often heard.

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