We may lose or we may win, but we’ll never be here again. That’s the lyric that stands out among all those enduring “Take It Easy” lines Bruce Springsteen sings — real, real slow — at his January Chicago show (see below). But it isn’t even Bruce’s singing, for once, that’s so moving: it’s the audience, swaying to a song that the whole world knows and recognizes as a gem, be they big Eagles fans or not.
Runnin’ down the road tryin’ to loosen my load, got a world of trouble on my mind — hell that’s why half the people are at the Springsteen show in the first place: to convene, to loosen that load, to push away the troubles and — when it comes to honoring Glenn Frey — to sing. The rock world lost Frey right on the heels of Bowie — Bruce toasted Bowie too, with “Rebel Rebel.” But it was Glenn Frey’s (and Jackson Browne’s) song that made ’em sing. As Natalie Johnson says in the comments: “What a beautiful version, and such a great way to honor a man who has given us so much. Take it easy, Glenn.”