Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Like a Rhinestone Cowboy....

I heard something recently and I had two realizations: one, I'm getting old.  :D  The other realization shouldn't be shocking but somehow it always is - other people get old too!

I'm referring to the news that Glen Campbell is embarking on a Farewell Tour, and the reason is a sad one - he's recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

This is the part where I said to myself, "What?!  That can't be!  He's got to be only, what, in his 50s?"  But then I started thinking about it - "Rhinestone Cowboy" came out in 1974, when I was in kindergarten.  "Southern Nights", the song of his that I remember most, followed three years later.  And this was near the end of his major stardom!  So instead of guessing, I looked it up and good heavens - Glen is 75!  That just boggled my mind.

I'm writing this post today because Glen will be honored with a tribute tonight on the CMA Awards.  No doubt "Gentle on my Mind", "Wichita Lineman", "By the Time I get to Phoenix" and the aforementioned two will be just some of the songs that will be resurrected tonight.

I'm not a country music fan at all, but Glen's music had crossover appeal.  "Rhinestone Cowboy" happens to be one of my earliest musical memories.  I remember singing it with my best friend Jodie in her basement - we may have even made up dance moves to it.  It's also responsible for my first misheard lyric; the part that goes, "And offers comin' over the phone", to me sounded like, "And old folks comin' over at home".  Made sense to me when I was five...  :D

Recently, my wonderful friend Alyce graced me with this pile of sheet music and (kismet time!) a couple of them feature Glen Campbell!  Both pieces are songs I've never heard before, but one is from 1968 and the other from 1970 - and that's how I remember Glen, with his groovy side-part and his hip turtleneck/suit combo.


2 comments:

  1. I recently saw him on some show and was shocked to see how old he looked. I thought about the sheet music and wondered how it feels to be a celebrity who is way past their prime and to see themselves on television when they were young and in their prime.

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  2. I've often wondered the same thing, Alyce! It must be nostalgic, tinged with sadness, and topped off with (hopefully) good memories. :D

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