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The Emotional Impact Of Glen Campbell
For Freedom Galatians 5:1 ^ | February 13, 2012 | Michael D. Day

Posted on 02/16/2012 10:36:38 AM PST by WXRGina

Last night, before going to bed, I took a peek at the Grammys just in time to see Glen Campbell performing Rhinestone Cowboy. They announced that although he suffers from Alzheimer’s, he finished another album last year and is currently doing a farewell tour. His performance was exhilarating, with all the celebration of a victory lap. He kept pointing his mike at the audience as they sang along with him, blurring the difference between those on stage and those no longer seated in the audience. Everyone there seemed truly connected, more like a party than a performance.

Glen showed no sign of being affected by his disease until the number was over, the lights dimmed and his voice could be heard asking someone where he should go now. But at 75 years of age, that kind of temporary disorientation isn’t at all unusual.

75 years old? The idea is a bit shocking. The older I get, the faster the world seems to change. I remember Glen Campbell as being so young. That’s how I think of him. This whole process of aging still amazes me. I don’t think of myself as old. But everyone around me is getting so old. Why is that? Paul McCartney was in the audience (with his young wife #?) and he’s really old, too.

Glen Campbell is an incredible musician. During his career he has played with a who’s who list of super stars. But the biggest emotional impact he had on my life didn’t have anything to do with his music. In 1969 he just happened to be in the movie, “True Grit” with John Wayne. I had just gotten out of the Army. As soon as I saw it, I wanted my 60 year old father to see it. Something about the character of Rooster Cogburn made me think of my father. He drank too much, smoked too much and had the rough edges of someone who, though educated, never lost the tough, country character of his youth.

When my sister and I were kids, he’d tell us stories about summers he and his twin brother spent on his grandfather’s ranch. What he and his brother learned was a mixture of the “wisdom” of his grandfather’s hired hands and how to survive in a world of rattle snakes, mountain lions and wasps. It all sounded idyllic to a child of the suburbs.

I phoned my father and told him I wanted to take him to a movie. I was sure he’d like it. “Go to a movie?” he asked, with the same intonation he would have used if I had suggested he take up knitting. He was real uncomfortable with the idea. His voice squirmed. He cited not being able to smoke or drink as proof of how distressing it would be for him — sort of like having to go to church. He definitely wasn’t a church goer. So, I suggested going to a drive-in theater, and he gave in. It was one of the few times I convinced him to do anything.

Drive-in theaters are pretty much a thing of the past. But 43 years ago they were still a big deal. This was long before Netflix. There were no movie rentals, no DVDs, no DVRs, no VCRs, no video streaming. Cable TV was in its infancy. The only movies on TV were old re-runs. The only place you could watch a current movie was in a theater, and drive-ins provided the “privacy” option for those not wanting to sit around a bunch of other folks.

I was the designated driver. We found a spot, hooked up the speaker, Dad opened his bottle and started to relax. Almost halfway through the film there was a sweeping panorama of the countryside. My father exclaimed, “God! That’s beautiful. Looks like good fishing country.” I don’t think either of us realized True Grit was filmed near Bishop, CA, not far from where we had gone on several fishing trips.

When I was 18, my father and I spent a week fishing the lakes and streams above the McGee Creek Pack Station, north of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierras. We rode in on horseback, packing our gear on mules. It took half a day to ride up there. The guide dropped us off at a camp site, and came back a week later to pick us up. It was the only time in my life that I got to spend exclusively with my dad. Something about that trip seemed to stir in both of us as we watched True Grit.

My father didn’t know who Glen Campbell was. I explained that he was a popular singer, and that he sang the movie’s theme song. His one comment was, “He’s a nice clean-cut kid. Not like those hippies.”

That was the only time I can ever remember seeing a movie with my father. My sister tells me our whole family saw Song of the South together when I was two, but my memories of that is pretty sketchy. It’s when I think of Glen Campbell that I remember watching True Grit with my father and a fishing trip we made north of Bishop.

I pray for the Lord’s continued blessings and mercy on Mr. Campbell and his family as they deal with his progressing disease.


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1 posted on 02/16/2012 10:36:44 AM PST by WXRGina
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To: WXRGina

Great story. Thanks for the post.


2 posted on 02/16/2012 10:43:41 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: WXRGina

Glen Campbell is performing at a nearby Indian casino on March 2nd - I think I’ll get some tickets.


3 posted on 02/16/2012 10:47:18 AM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: jonno

I thought is was really nice, too.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 10:50:32 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: jonno

Wonderful story. Thank you!! Your father sounds like a great man.

I always liked Glen Campbell. Every word he sang was crystal- clear. Nobody can sing “Witchita Lineman” like Glen. He recorded that, and several other songs written by Jimmy Webb-and every one is pure magic.


5 posted on 02/16/2012 10:52:09 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: dainbramaged

It would be good to see Mr. Campbell while he is still performing.

My husband and I were thrilled to see Gordon Lightfoot last year (or maybe the year before) in concert. He did a great job, stood and sang and played guitar for 90 minutes. He’ll be 74 this year.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 10:53:46 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina

He’s just plain good...and that’s really all there is to say.


7 posted on 02/16/2012 10:53:51 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: WXRGina

Wonderful story! Thanks for posting!

For those who have Fathers still alive: use your time wisely to really get to know him and appreciate him. Tell him you love him for what he has done for you while you still can and as often as you can.


8 posted on 02/16/2012 10:55:36 AM PST by texson66 ("Mr Obama, tear down this wall of bureaucratic opression of freedom!")
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To: WXRGina

His performance starts at about 7 min.
http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/glen-campbell-grammy-awards-tribute/


9 posted on 02/16/2012 10:56:27 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: WXRGina
"Meet Glen Campbell," Glen's album from a few years back. Just plain great, and highly recommended!


10 posted on 02/16/2012 11:05:06 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: svcw

Nice! Thank you!


11 posted on 02/16/2012 11:05:29 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina

Dennis Miller has been talking alot about Glenn lately too.


12 posted on 02/16/2012 11:07:19 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Radagast the Fool
Nobody can sing “Witchita Lineman” like Glen.

Wichita Lineman is a great football song.

13 posted on 02/16/2012 11:16:04 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: WXRGina
My husband and I were thrilled to see Gordon Lightfoot last year (or maybe the year before) in concert. He did a great job, stood and sang and played guitar for 90 minutes. He’ll be 74 this year.

Here's one of my favorites from Gordon Lightfoot and I hope you'll like it as well: Summertime Dream.

14 posted on 02/16/2012 11:19:20 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: WXRGina
Glen's 75? Wow! I was in my early teens, and my Mama and Daddy were big fans of his music, so when the University for which my Mama worked brought him to my hometown, they brought me and my two little sisters along to the concert.

Glen was the 'star' of the show, and was really terrific, but he was almost eclipsed by his opening act, a lovely Mississippi girl by the name of Bobbie Gentry, who, a few months later, would hit the charts with her plaintive "Ode to Billy Joe".

15 posted on 02/16/2012 11:23:33 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: re_nortex
"Summertime Dream" Great song! Sweet video, put with it, too!

It's hard to choose a favorite Gordon Lightfoot song. He has so many great ones. Canadian Railroad Trilogy is a really fine one, too.

16 posted on 02/16/2012 11:27:08 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: mamelukesabre
He’s just plain good...and that’s really all there is to say.

It's my understanding that Glen Campbell's early musical influence came while growing up in the small town of Delight, Arkansas and the acapella singing at the church of Christ.

His performance, at age 70, of Galveston is an example of his amazing talent, vocally and as a guitarist. Some have said this is an anti-war song but I perceive it quite differently, it's a pro-soldier song.

17 posted on 02/16/2012 11:28:36 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: JennysCool

Very agreed!


18 posted on 02/16/2012 11:31:30 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Fiji Hill; WXRGina
Yes, Wichita Lineman is the quintessential Glen Beck. Here's my fave version, from 1969.

His latest CD is as hauntingly wonderful.

19 posted on 02/16/2012 11:34:41 AM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Fiji Hill; WXRGina
Yes, Wichita Lineman is the quintessential Glen Campbell. Here's my fave version, from 1969.

His latest CD is as hauntingly wonderful.

20 posted on 02/16/2012 11:35:19 AM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Jane Long

Ooops...do not know where Beck came from....sheesh.


21 posted on 02/16/2012 11:36:28 AM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Jane Long
Ooops...do not know where Beck came from....sheesh.

It was funny and provided a much-needed laugh today. Let's see, maybe we start a Glenn Miller thread, too! :-)

22 posted on 02/16/2012 11:38:54 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

Early on, he played rythem and sang back-up for the beach boys.


23 posted on 02/16/2012 11:43:19 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Big Giant Head

Wichita Lineman ping.


24 posted on 02/16/2012 11:44:17 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: WXRGina

Thanks for posting this wonderful story.

I’ve always loved Glen’s songs - Wichita Lineman, Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Rhinestone Cowboy, etc.

This is the first video from his final studio album, “Ghost on the Canvas.”

“A Better Place” - very poignant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4mylwPMPhM

Godspeed, Glen.


25 posted on 02/16/2012 12:01:08 PM PST by Texas Deb
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To: WXRGina

I’ve always been a big fan of Glen as a singer and, especially, as a guitar player. I’d say he’s one of the five best pickers ever on that instrument. His version of GENTLE ON MY MIND is a classic.


26 posted on 02/16/2012 12:20:34 PM PST by Argus
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To: WXRGina

What a career. One of, if not the best, studio session guitar players ever and one of the Beach Boys who filled in for Brian Wilson.


27 posted on 02/16/2012 12:36:17 PM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: WXRGina

Here’s a good one with Jerry Reed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=nqxv3DbXO4k&NR=1


28 posted on 02/16/2012 12:41:37 PM PST by logitech
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To: JennysCool

Ghost on the Canvas is very good too. Hard to listen to it without tear-ing up.


29 posted on 02/16/2012 12:46:34 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Harley
Great musician and not a half-bad actor either. He did a great job playing the Texas Ranger in the original True Grit, a role for which he was selected by the legendary John Wayne.

I still rate it as one of the best movies ever made. The recent remake, while excellent, wasn't in the same league as the original. John Wayne wasn't the only reason.

30 posted on 02/16/2012 12:48:28 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: WXRGina
I don’t think either of us realized True Grit was filmed near Bishop, CA, not far from where we had gone on several fishing trips.

Not quite. Most of True Grit was filmed in and around Ridgeway, Colorado.

31 posted on 02/16/2012 12:52:24 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: logitech

That’s some righteous guitar playin’! :-)


32 posted on 02/16/2012 12:55:45 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Radagast the Fool

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston” were all Jimmy Webb songs.

If there are any aspiring songwriters out there, get and read the book “Tunesmith” by Webb.


33 posted on 02/16/2012 12:58:03 PM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: freedomlover

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” doesn’t mention the point of origin of the sojourn described in the song. I figure it’s probably Sonoyta, Sonora, or Los Algodones, BC, Mexico.


34 posted on 02/16/2012 1:24:56 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: onedoug

ping


35 posted on 02/16/2012 1:26:59 PM PST by windcliff
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To: Texas Deb

Great song from Glen. One of my favorites, A LADY LIKE YOU, dates back to the mid 80’s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChiG_QeeViQ


36 posted on 02/16/2012 1:33:33 PM PST by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: WXRGina

Well watching Song of the South is a thing of the past, I’ll warrant.


37 posted on 02/16/2012 1:52:58 PM PST by ichabod1 (Mr. Gingrich)
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To: Jane Long

He’s from a bakery near Seattle. Beck, that is.


38 posted on 02/16/2012 1:56:31 PM PST by ichabod1 (Mr. Gingrich)
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To: Argus
GENTLE ON MY MIND

Written by the late, great, lamented, and unparalleled John Hartford. Oh, I miss him so. Along with Steve Goodman.

39 posted on 02/16/2012 2:01:21 PM PST by ichabod1 (Mr. Gingrich)
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To: WXRGina
Sometimes I hate these trips down memory lane. If only things were as simple as they were in the days of my youth when I listened to him on the radio. Sadly, nothing stays the same and time always marches forward.

He's had some truly beautiful music and great songs over the years.

40 posted on 02/16/2012 3:14:43 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: mamelukesabre

Yep, real True Grit.


41 posted on 02/17/2012 5:31:06 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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