I've been in rock and alt radio for what seems like ever but I am a classic country girl at heart. My mama was a Pioneer Days Rodeo queen who grew up on a Shoshone Indian Reservation.
Country music is in my blood and Glen Campbell is number one on the soundtrack of my life. He has been struggling with his health and last year was moved into a facility for people with Alzheimer's. His music will live forever.
Wichita Lineman was written by Jimmy Webb (check out this beautiful 2006 interview with Robert Wilonsky & The Dallas Observer) and was originally called Washita Lineman because he saw one when he was driving thru Washita, Oklahoma and was captivated by the rows and rows of telephone poles and this single solitary lineman on top of one. Jimmy put himself in that mans shoes and wrote the song from that perspective. The song is a metaphor for loneliness and of a love that was never meant to be. Glen frequently & graciously made it a point to mention Jimmy as the writer when he performed this song on television and in live performances
He once recorded a mesmerizing updated chill inducing version of Wichita Lineman with Stone Temple Pilots at their studio.
His version of Foo Fighter's Times Like These is very nearly perfect
And this version of Sing (originally by Travis) is another one of my faves.
Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age plays a bartender, spookily reminiscent of the one in The Shining, in Glen's haunting video for A Better Place which features a breathtaking look at his magical musical legacy
Thank you Glen Campbell. You are a beautiful and awe inspiring talent and your music made this world a better place.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.