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.