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R.I.P. Glen Campbell
Posted by Larry Jordan on August 8, 2017, 6:39 pm
Edited by board administrator August 8, 2017, 6:47 pm
I was honored to spend time with Glen on at least seven occasions on the golf course (he would even sing songs to me and YODEL as we rode around in the golf cart), and we last spoke a few years ago in Texas when I did a feature on him for our magazine, Midwest Today. He was an authentic man, without pretense, who loved music and excelled at it both vocally and as a guitarist better than most. He loved to laugh but was deadly serious about his music. I remember him telling me "I spent all last week getting my voice on four tracks...and I wasn't happy with any of them, ya know?" Glen got his start very young and was in areas of the country where Jim Reeves also performed. It is possible their paths crossed. I know Glen respected Jim, because we talked about it. He also loved Marty Robbins. Glen would always hand me his beer when we came upon fans (on the greens), he sometimes drank Scotch and milk (which I never could understand!), he smoked Newport cigarettes, he told me all about salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. He was humble. And in the latter years of his life he came to know the Lord. The first thing he asked me when we spoke again was if I had a relationship with Jesus. Glen wanted to know all about my life and asked a lot of questions. He was a deeply spiritual man and we talked at length about God and our human existence. My condolences to his wife Kim and children. I know full well what it's like to see someone you love recede behind the gauge curtain. I took care of my dear Mother, Olga, in my home for 9-1/2 years when she was afflicted with Alzheimer's (which is what Glen suffered from). Now Glen is finally at peace.
This is my favorite Glen Campbell song because not only is it beautiful musically, I think it also reflects Glen's perspective on life -- "Come Harvest Time." In fact, I remember Glen sent me a CD-R dub of this before it was released. RIP Glen.
Link: "Come Harvest Time"
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