Blog – Glen Campbell – February 5, 2012

Feb 05 2012
By: chimarx4
Categories: News
152 Comments

We’re always good at celebrating the work of artists a day or a week too late. Nearly always immediately following their death. And a big part of that is the universally possessed frailty of “Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” I’m writing this now because I’ve spent the last few days listening to Glen Campbell’s latest, and apparently last CD, “Ghost On The Canvas,” and I want to say this now..to anyone listening…while Glen’s still around.

I grew up on Glen Campbell. He had a tv show when I was a kid, and his records were played in constant rotation on the radio and on my family turntable. My parents loved him, my grandparents loved him, and so did I. It wasn’t until I became a professional musician that I not only found a true appreciation for his masterful guitar skills, but realized that his singing, which I took for granted, was out of this world amazing. I also learned about his dues paying background, and was further astounded. This guy played guitar on “Pet Sounds.” He played on “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers, and “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees, among many others. He was a studio badass.

Then his solo career exploded in the 60s with songs like, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman,” followed by another huge wave of hits like “Southern NIghts” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” But then, as will often happen with music careers, his success on the charts diminished. This didn’t stop him from continuing to tour, but by that time, I was one of the fans that sort of “moved on” and didn’t keep up with him. I’d hear about him in the tabloid press once in awhile when his private demons became public, but those headlines only bummed me out because I wanted to think of him as I remembered him from my childhood.

I was on a long concert tour about a dozen years ago and was flipping the dial on my hotel room tv when I spotted Glen singing live on a church stage somewhere. It was a Christian program and Glen was singing mostly gospel songs and hymns. It was live, and this was way before Autotune (not that Glen ever needed that) and I sat and watched and listened as my jaw fell further to the floor. His singing was sublime. It was deeply soulful, and true and yet vocally challenging. I’m not talking about “American Idol” style acrobatics that are designed to fake the listener into thinking you’re actually interpreting a song to get to the next round. I’m talking the “real shit.”

Witnessing this sparked a new interest in Glen that never waned. I kept up with what he was doing, even though much of the last decade there had been little to keep up with. When I started having some success as a writer-producer at Country radio I began asking various record company execs about me doing a new album with Glen. It became my pet dream project. I wanted to write songs for that voice which, even into his sixties then, was only, if anything, better. No one seemed to share my enthusiasm but many were eager to see if I had songs for their latest teen-pop-country-crossover act. If I’m honest, I could have knocked on more doors…and harder…to see if I could find someone interested in a new Glen Campbell album, but life and ongoing career got in the way. Besides, I didn’t even know the man. Had never met him and didn’t know anyone in his inner circle. It was simply a musical fantasy.

Within a couple years, another man who shared my fantasy turned it into reality. Julian Raymond got Capitol Records to release, “Meet Glen Campbell” in 2008. With Julian producing, he made an album with a much smarter concept than what I’d have done. Instead of original songs, he had Glen cover mostly hit songs by some of our finest contemporary and classic songwriters, but managed to turn them all into tracks that sounded like Glen invented them. Part of me wanted to hate the CD for my own insecure reasons, but I couldn’t. I loved it. And Glen was singing just as I wanted to hear him. In the now. How grateful I am to Mr. Raymond, envy and all.

Last year, Glen announced he was battling Alzheimer’s Disease and was releasing a farewell album, “Ghost On The Canvas” and doing his last round of concerts. The news made me so sad, and I found myself talking to people about Glen and listening to all his old catalog in my car whenever I was behind the wheel. I bought, “Ghost On The Canvas” the day it was released. But I kept finding excuses not to listen to it. It was hands down the most anticipated record in my world in ages, and I’d look at the cover and read the song titles, but I wouldn’t play it. And I didn’t give my unwillingness to do so much thought. “I want to really sit down and listen in my studio on great speakers and not have any distractions, and it’s too busy right now” was typical of the excuses I offered myself. So I didn’t listen…until last night.

Driving home from a gig I did about 2 hours away from my house, at around 10pm, I turned on my car iPod and let it play. The first song, “A Better Place,” had tears streaming down my face before the end of the first verse. I had to listen to that song 4 times before moving on to the others, and I listened to Glen Campbell all the way home. This morning I shared the record with my wife, who’s also a big fan of Glen’s voice. By the end of “A Better Place,” she was wiping away tears, too. I’m telling anyone and everyone I know to listen to Glen Campbell. I don’t even care which song or record. As long as it’s Glen.

I’ve never met Glen Campbell and likely never will. But I realized today that the reason I kept putting off listening to “Ghost On A Canvas” was because it appears to mark the end of Glen’s music. And that’s a reality I didn’t want to accept, and still don’t. It’s as if I do have a personal connection to him, but it’s all my own. So I’m spending some time celebrating the gift that is Glen Campbell’s talent…now…before it’s too late.

152 Comments

  1. Kristi
    February 5, 2012

    Could not agree more about this album. It is achingly beautiful. I bought a copy for my dad who played Glen Campbell songs when I was a kid and was reminded of the magical place that music has in our lives and in building the memories we treasure. Great album!

  2. Kasia
    February 5, 2012

    Wow, what a touching and moving thoughts. I didn’t know the story of Glen Campbell’s last CD, it made me really sad, but also made me look for Ghost On A Canvas. Thanks Richard

  3. February 5, 2012

    Hi Richard-

    I am a vocalist. I have ALWAYS been a fan of JUST SINGING. I’ve never been impressed by all the vocal gymnastics singers use (the exception being Luther), and I was equally moved by Glenn’s beautiful voice. YEARS ago, I worked on the concert tour of Melissa Manchester. I would watch her sing onstage every night and was always so moved by the richness of her voice. From that day forward, I have been a fan of REAL singers. Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts with us, I look forward to the next one.

  4. Cindy
    February 5, 2012

    Beautifully stated. Been a fan of Glen’s every since I was a little girl and learned he was the one laying down some of the guitar tracks for the Monkees. A remarkable musician; it is so sad that not everybody realizes it.

  5. Helen Bailey
    February 5, 2012

    Hi Richard,

    As soon as you posted the link to the video on twitter, I followed the link. I replied to you twitter with what I now share here also, “There are no words. I am in tears.” Glen is a living legend and it is very hard to believe that that voice may now be silent.

    Helen B.
    Upstate NY

  6. Joni Granwehr
    February 5, 2012

    I relate to much of what you wrote in this blog. I, too, grew up watching and listening to Glen Campbell. I guess I fell away from his music as my tastes became more artist-oriented rather than genre oriented. But when I took your recommendation to watch the video of “A Better Place,” I was moved to tears, as well. His voice still sounds as flawless as it ever did and the lyrics are compelling. I believe I will revisit some of his earlier music in an effort to reaquaint myself with the artistry that is Glen Campbell’s. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. RAZ
    February 5, 2012

    Beautiful – the honesty is pure heart and Soul moving! This is the Richard Marx I remember and the one that is hard to forget :)

    Give me more of the raw, uncut, emotions you hide… give me that

    and you will give me all of you!! xoxo

    Love,
    RAZ

  8. Carol Smith
    February 5, 2012

    Now maybe you can understand how your music touches us. I could play your music all day long, and many times I do, and there are many a time I will listen to the same song over and over and over, and yes have tears streaming down my face. There are no words to really describe how your music touches the heart and soul, probably because it comes from your heart and soul and you put everything you have into it. Thank you seems to fall short! But thank you, thank you, thank you. Richard Marx music is and always will be such an important part of my LIFE!

  9. Glenn Coy
    February 5, 2012

    I think Glen Campbell is a great musician and he gets only better with time…We are not all perfect and DUI’s happens to the best of us…What people need to understand is the man behind his faults…If he fixes them and says there is no looking back then he learned lessons in life that only in the moment can reflect…Thats where inner peace begins…I remembering Steve Perry from Journey telling us all what a great guy Glen Campbell is…He claims he was one of the nicest men he ever met in music and in life…I’m with richard all the way…Share his music and his life…PASS IT ON TO THOSE WHO DONT KNOW

  10. Vickie Heath Breedlove
    February 5, 2012

    WOW Richard,
    You said everything I feel. Have also grown up with Glen. I was thinking about getting his album but just wasn’t a priority, It is now. I love your perspective as I also feel the same as I grew up with him like you did. I am older than you but ya….
    Have been one of your biggest fans since day one. And I have been blessed to see you four times. Oahu, Hawaii in the late ’80′s, and then shortly after in Fresno, San Luis Obisbo, and Bakersfield, Ca. My was husband was stationed on Kauai and we flew over to see you, and then after in Lemoore (still here) where it was centraly located where we could travel easily enough to the other 3. I so want to see your acoustic show someday.
    Glad all is well with you and your family. Can’t believe your boys are so grown up now. I remember when at your concert you used to explain how you would song ‘itsy bitsy spider’ with hand movements and all to your sons. Was so great! Loved the mullet and the ‘B’ earring that I believe you said was for your son Brandon.
    Enjoyed this article. Thanks.

  11. April Smithee
    February 5, 2012

    When I was a kid, one of the first songs I ever remember knowing all the words to was Rhinestone Cowboy. I used to sing, or more likely scream, that song at the top of my lungs in the car whenever I heard it. Still to this day it is one of my all time favorites.

  12. Lynne Munson
    February 5, 2012

    If I didn’t already like you and your music, I certainly would after this blog entry! I have loved Glen’s music since I was a teenager. I always loved his pure voice and amazing guitar skills. I was lucky enough to see him live twice, and he never disappointed. I too am so sad that this is his last album. He has had an amazing career, and his music has been a part of my life for so many years. I am so moved by his willingness to continue singing and confronting his demons in this last album. I can’t imagine a world without his voice.

  13. February 5, 2012

    Lovely…I love reading about what artists inspired the artists that inspired me…and you sir, have inspired me…

  14. jerry george
    February 5, 2012

    I, too, grew up on Glen’s songs. My older brother bought all the 45 speed singles and then later we were able to buy most of the LP’s. So many great, beautiful songs. There are some youtube clips from the TV show that Richard mentioned in his blog that showcase Glen’s singing. One of those is also a clip of Glen and Jerry Reed playing the pants off their guitars. Glen is touring and I am going to do my best to be at one of those farewell shows. Thanks, Richard, for talking about Glen in your blog better than any of us could ever hope to. I haven’t purchased “Ghost On A Canvas” yet, but I will go today and get that album. Truly a once in a lifetime talent…thank you for reminding us.

  15. February 5, 2012

    Powerful and beautifully written. Your admiration for the man really comes through. His album is one of my highlights of last year.

  16. Joe Karl
    February 5, 2012

    Richard, this is @karlsong on Twitter. I follow you and while I’m most inspired by your Songwriting, it is your writing which inspires me right now. I have to say what an excellent blog post on Glen! You know the saying goes that “all good things must come to an end” and I’ve done my share of time thinking about how true that is. The fact that we are losing such an incredible talent just supports it even more. I will buy his album and listen to it very closely. Thanks for the personal inspiration you have given me as a songwriter as well as this very touching look at Glen Campbell. The best to you and your family, Joe Karl

  17. Vicki Clayton
    February 5, 2012

    Thank you for this. It is a beautifully written tribute to honor a man who has been a part of my childhood and life just like yours. Glen Campbell is – just as you said – a gift. Thank you for giving me the time to pause and reflect on what he and his music has meant to me over the years. Well done and well said.
    Vicki

  18. Cheryl Gaggins
    February 5, 2012

    I totally agree with you Richard. I have listened to Glen since the early days, watched his TV show all the time, and now am saddened by the news of his illness. My mother had it too, and I know how hard it is on everyone. I only wish the best for him and his family. It will be a long road, and they will be in for some rough times ahead. But we will always have our Glen Campbell records (CD’s) to keep his music alive in our hearts forever! Thanks for this blog, I feel the same way!

  19. Ronni Pickett
    February 5, 2012

    Richard,

    Have you ever seen the movie “The Wrecking Crew?” Let me tell you that you will see a side of Glen Campbell that not too many people know about. http://wreckingcrew.tv/ is a site to let you know about the movie. Take a look. :-)

  20. sharon hammond
    February 5, 2012

    beautiful story Richard. I was raised on Glen also. In my car is The Best of. He is unique..no one sounds like him. It is so sad. I will have to purchase this cd and listen to it in my car (where, by the way, I choose to listen to music all by myself). Thank you for writing this about him. It was touching.

  21. February 5, 2012

    This morning I read your tweet about Glen Campbell’s song. I clicked the link and listened to one of the most moving songs I’ve heard in a long time, and like you, I was moved to tears. I wanted more than one minute and fifty seconds from this song; however, what I received from it is timeless.

    I’m grateful for your blog today, Richard, and I’m thankful that unbeknownst to you, we share a mutual friend who renewed my interest in the music of another great songwriter named Richard Marx. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and laughing a bit from such candid tweets that seem to flow effortlessly from your fingers.

    Thank you for sharing this today.

  22. Debbie Wells
    February 5, 2012

    Mr. Campbell’s music was also a mainstay in my home when I was growing up. My parents loved him, and I got the chance to get to know his music when he came to Hazard to give a concert in 1977. I’ve loved his music ever since, and think his voice is unbelievable. I really hate to hear about his unfortunate health issues, and I hope he’s around for a long time to come. As for you Mr. Marx–kudos and much respect for giving other artists their just due. You never waver in giving other musicians compliments and what I call “pep talks” with no boundaries. I’ve loved your music since the 80′s and will continue to do so. I feel like it’s a good friend, for we’ve grown up together, as I am 49. You’ve been a major part of my life since the early 80′s, and I hope to see you soon in concert. Best of luck and wishes to you.

  23. David Brown
    February 5, 2012

    Now, there is someone you should sek out and do a duet with…as you so greatly put it, before it’s too late. Do it for yourself, do it for us, do it for Glen.

  24. David Brown
    February 5, 2012

    Now, there is someone you should seek out and do a duet with…as you so greatly put it, before it’s too late. Do it for yourself, do it for us, do it for Glen.

  25. Mary Gronik
    February 5, 2012

    What a beautiful, meaningful tribute to this man and his talent. I, too, grew up listening to and loving the music and larger-than-life persona of Glen — I still remember gathering around the TV set with the whole family to watch his show.

    Like you, I was saddened to learn of his condition and thought how amazing it was that, even as his brain function was waning, the portion of his grey matter that connected him and the world to his music remained and that, not only had he released a new album but he also was touring.

    I love hearing your perspective, as a true musician, on the depth of Glen’s talent and the impact it has had on your own musical evolution. Thank you for reminding us of his amazing gift and steering us old fans, and possibly some new ones, to his music — either again or for the first time. I will definitely check out his new material.

    Mary

  26. DK
    February 5, 2012

    Superb tribute,

  27. Ro
    February 6, 2012

    Hi Richard. Let me tell you…. I had no idea who that Glen was. I’v been only a fan of your music for years. Today I notice by chance a comment with your willingness to get feedback for certain fellings you had abou some guy. Just because I was intrigued, I passed on to this article. After reading it, it reassured why I’ve been following your songs all this time. The sensitivity shown in every single phrase was unusually moving for a topic I wasn’t aware at all, and took me to watch that Glen’s video on you tube righ away. I didn’t know who the guy was, and now I am really intringued about him. his music and the history that inspired it.
    Thanks Richard. I hope I can listen to your singuing and lyrics that I ‘ve been keeping in my mid, in a performance live in my country..

    As you say, it is much better being able to celebrate the work of artists while we have them around.

    Regards,

    Ro.
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina.

  28. Holly D'Amico
    February 6, 2012

    I just listened to “A Better Place” with my best friend in the whole wide world, Diane Hirst. We are both sitting here bawling like babies and reminiscing about how we have made it through so many of life’s challenges with each other. Glenn seems to be able to recall the positive things in life and he is inspiring all of us to do the same, despite whatever obstacles are placed in our way. Thank you for doing all that you do, Richard. You are a really cool and upstanding person!

  29. LA MARR SCOTT
    February 6, 2012

    I’M 60 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN A BIG GLEN CAMPBELL FAN !! GOT TO SEE HIM PLAY WITH THE BEACH BOYS IN PLACE OF BRIAN WILSON WHO WAS SICK !! THAT CONCERT WAS IN DETROIT MICHIGAN IN 1966 !! EVEN THOUGH I’M AFRO-AMERICAN I STILL RELATED TO HIM AND HIS MUSIC AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO !! ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU GLEN CAMPBELL AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU !!

  30. thatwaslulu
    February 6, 2012

    Wow. That was so wonderful.
    I have loved Glen’s music for a long time too. I don’t think you can beat that generations music. Well unless you’re Richard Marx of course.
    I will be getting this album on your recommendation, on my love of Glen’s voice, and for his career that has been wonderful and will live on forever.
    Thankyou Richard.

  31. Debbie Bridge
    February 6, 2012

    I’m spending a few weeks in Florida right now and listening to a radio station that plays a lot of oldies, including many great Glen Campbell songs. My friends and I were just talking about Glen tonight and how we used to watch his TV show and what a great talent he was. I saw Glen in concert last year and you could tell that his memory was starting to fail, particularly when he played the same song twice in a row. However, his voice was still there and it was a pleasure to see such a talent in person who had entertained me on TV for so long! Glen will always live on in our hearts and in our memories!

  32. Matt
    February 6, 2012

    His website has him coming to Ravinia this summer. Let’s hope!

  33. Lorraine McKean
    February 6, 2012

    Thank you Richard for reminding us all to take a few moments out of our busy lives to acknowledge and thank those who have made a difference in our lives. Your very heartfelt words about Glen Campbell really struck a chord with me.

    Glen Campbell and his music were a very big part of my family life growing up as well. One of my older sister’s first albums was a Glen Campbell record, followed by many other of his releases. In the mid 60′s my Father’s business was next door to Capitol Records and he was given a huge box of album covers by one of the guys he knew there. The covers were used to “wallpaper” the main living room wall at our cottage. Glen’s album covers (including A New Place in the Sun, Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Pheonix and Gentle on My Mind) were among so many other greats whose music provided the soundtrack for my early years. Seeing pictures of those albums and hearing those songs transports me back in time. My Father passed away on Thanksgiving in 1968 (I was 8). The music he loved so much was and still is a connection to him. Glen’s music is among those that always make me think of my Dad.

    I think it is so great that the Grammy’s are doing a special tribute to him on Feb 12, and as you said, it’s so much better that they are doing it now, not after he is gone.

    You and your music have a very special place in my heart. “Loved” is one of your songs that has really struck a chord with me. Like you with Glen’s A Better Place, it is a song that I couldn’t get passed on the first few listens – yes, few… I was so happy to have the opportunity to hear you play it live on Friday in Buffalo. It was truly a magical moment.

    Thank you for sharing your gift with us all and thank you to Cynthia and the boys for the sacrifices they have made so that you could.

    Sincerest Regards.

  34. Barbara Smith
    February 6, 2012

    This essay is a wonderful gift to all of us who grew up with Mr. Campbell and admired him not only for his popular music but also for his musicianship. Most people didn’t look beyond the “rhinestones” and thus never saw one of the best instrumentalists in the business. That was their loss for he could make a guitar sing.

    It would seem to me that now is the time for you to redouble, if not triple, your efforts to reach out to Mr. Campbell. Not necessarily for yourself, but for his family. While he may or may not be able to absorb your feelings about his music, his family certainly can.

    I am not a musician other than in my dreams but I have to believe that hearing that your music counts is one of the greatest gifts you can get. Especially when the admiration comes from another musician who also has the gift of touching people.

    Your thoughtfulness and your ability to articulate about your craft is something that I admire greatly about you. I believe that your essay above is just a small example. I am glad that you are willing to share it with the rest of us.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Smith

  35. marsha berndt
    February 6, 2012

    Richard: I, too, listened to Glen Campbell when I was younger. Sadly, all things must pass in this world, but thankfully, it’s a better place here because of music made by people like you and Glen and other great musicians, living and departed. What a wonderful and moving piece you’ve written about him. Thank you for the resurrected memories…Marsha

  36. Jimena
    February 6, 2012

    Lo estoy escribiendo en español, para que sepas que somos muchos/as los y las admiradoras que tienes en Sudamérica, Chile, Argentina, etc.

    Creo que lo que dices es realmente hermoso,eres muy sensible y tienes mucho para dar a este mundo, con tu música nos regalas una vida más agradable de vivir.
    A mi padre le encantaba la música de Glen Campbell, creo que si aún viviera, estaría muy apenado por su partida, al igual que muchos que conocimos su música.

    Take care, hugs and kisses

  37. February 6, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    -Jamie

  38. February 6, 2012

    Richard,

    I totally respect everything you said here. I grew up listening and loving every piece of music that this great singer, musician, and entertainer ever touched. I will cherish every moment listening to his artistry today and until the day I pass. Being a fellow musician and singer, the respect that I have for him and you has been elevated to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing your innermost feelings within your writeup here.

    Best of continued success.

    Ken

  39. Kathy Jones
    February 7, 2012

    I also grew up on Glenn Campbell:) Love his songs sooo much! Will definitely get his last album:( Thanks for the input, I feel the same way about him:)

  40. Rachel
    February 7, 2012

    A beautifully written homage for a man who is–and will always be–an American treasure.

  41. February 7, 2012

    I agree….he’s an amazing talent, and he’ll always remain in the hearts and minds of his fans, forever.

  42. Cowpoke
    February 7, 2012

    Wonderful story! Did you know they are doing a documentary on Glen right now?

    http://www.pchfilms.com/about-pch.php

  43. Vicki Schaefer
    February 7, 2012

    Best personal comments I’ve read in a long time. So many of the same sentiments. Thank you

  44. February 7, 2012

    Thank you — thank you — for this post. It is profound on many levels, but I especially appreciate your touching and true tribute to an underrated musical genius like Glen Campbell. Best of luck — or should I say break a leg? — in all of your endeavors.

  45. Beth
    February 7, 2012

    Thank you, Richard. A wonderful tribute. Glen was the reason I started playing guitar in 2nd grade. What an amazing man and amazing music. Yes, Glen was one of the “Wrecking Crew”, the awesome group of studio musicians back in the 60′s in L.A.

  46. tommy
    February 7, 2012

    What a great read! I Loved every sentence.

  47. February 7, 2012

    Ah yes! You captured exactly how I’ve felt since seeing Glen at the Ryman in January and then listening to “Ghost on the Canvas”…I haven’t been as enthusiastic about an album in years. Every note of it has that “something special”…the production, song selection, his voice and playing…it’s definitely “the shit.” Thanks for a great post!

  48. Lisa Toole
    February 7, 2012

    Richard, I share your childhood remembrances and experiences as well. My parents loved Glen and we too grew up listening to his artistry. Thanks for taking the time to remind me again, to get this album! There are so many people in our lives that inspire us and likely never even know. I wish that could be different. I wish I could look into the eyes of artists that have moved me and communicate that simple fact to each of them – it would matter; at least to me…Maybe someday I’ll have the chance to do just that for you. Not like you need it I’m sure, but it would be a peace of eternity on this side of the universe. :)

  49. Michael
    February 7, 2012

    lzeimers but remember how he had gone down hill with his addictions. Does not take away the fact he is a great singer and actor as well

  50. Betsy Thatcher
    February 7, 2012

    Your words have prompted me to go right out and buy the CD. I saw Glen and his talented children in concert here in Milwaukee a few weeks ago and I was blown away (unfortunately, by the time I got to the CD/T-shirt table their copies of “Ghost” were sold out, but I did get a sweet T). I could have written the beginning of your post. I, too, remember Glen’s voice as a backdrop to my life as a child in the 1960s. I loved “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” right along with my mom, who spun his records as she cleaned the house. I remember thinking what a handsome man he was, too. I took my mom, who is now 80, to the Milwaukee concert and when he sang the first line, she turned to me and said, “He’s still got it!” I’d say he’s got it and more. Although the ravages of his disease were apparent as he occasionally appeared confused on the stage, those moments only made the concert that much more intimate and heartfelt. While his mind may be struggling to grasp some things, his fingers apparently haven’t forgotten anything as his fretwork was stunning. His voice was pure and emotional. Glen is a national treasure.

  51. February 7, 2012

    I too grew up loving Glen Campbell. about 6 months ago I was singing in a little church in Malibu, CA, and after the service was over I noticed Glen sitting in one of the chairs with his wife. As he got up to go pick up his grand child from Sunday School, a friend took me over to meet him. And then my friend asked if he wanted prayer for his Alzheimers. We said a short prayer and talked for a bit. I told him how when i was a boy and my father would take me to the barber I would always tell the barber to cut my hair like Glen Campbell. I then told him that “Witchita Lineman” was my favorite song ever. He is a very kind man, and he took a few moments to make my year. A few months after, my wife and I got to see him at the Club Nokia in LA. You are so right about “A Better Place”. My new favorite Glen song!

  52. Chris Floyd
    February 7, 2012

    I had a similar experience, although I did not grow up with his music. I had always heard of him but never really listened to him. I found out about this album accidentally. After hearing it, I was profoundly moved. It is almost the perfect goodbye and fortunately, my wonderful girlfriend arranged for us to fly to NYC to see him perform as a Christmas present. It was a profound experience and I highly recommend that you go if you can. He’s definitely still got it and the bravery he’s showing by getting up on that stage is very moving.

  53. Chris Floyd
    February 7, 2012

    I said the word profound a lot. Transcendental is more like it. That album is inspirational on so many levels.

  54. Nora
    February 7, 2012

    Excellent article. Heartfelt and something most people who love his music can relate to. Thank you for expressing those feelings…they hit home.

    Nora

  55. February 7, 2012

    HI Richard
    What a vey nice and moving tribute.
    I too am a big fan of Glen’s.
    His TV show inspired me to live the music life I have.
    In 1994 the Crystal Cathedral called me to play guitar
    with Glen and the Orchestral. What a day !
    Glen’s gift to this world will never die.
    Thank you Richard Marx
    Mark Carter

  56. Rosanne Penley
    February 7, 2012

    I could not have said it better. I too, listened to “A Better Place” several times in the car before moving on to other songs. And the way it goes right into “Ghost on A Canvas” is very moving to me. Thanks for putting into words what I feel about Glen Campbell.

  57. February 7, 2012

    Richard I was a fan of yours in high school. im 44. Im also a huge Glen Campbell fan and I took my son who is 16 to go and see him play here in Indiana at French lick and it was truly amazing. Later that evening my son got to met Glens kids that play with him and they were also the warm up band my son loved there music so Glens legecy will keep on going. My son while talking to Glens kids Ashley, Cal, & Shannon Webb Campbell. Told them how much he liked there music but how much he really loved hearing there dad play and that it was the best he had ever heard. I know my son is only 16 but he loves music alot and really has good taste. He made a statement to those kids that i thought was really neet. He said how come my parents music is so much better than my generations music. That thought i keep going back to. Glens kids all said are dad is the best only maybe we could be half as good as him. As like you I remember watching the Glen Campbell tv show. I absolutly LOVE GHOST ON A CANVAS. Probobly my very favorite cd in my collection. Now I find my self going to you tube and watching videos of him wow what a great talent. A Few you should check out is amazing grace with him singing and playing the bag pipes. Also a nother is him playing the wialliam tell overature. Well i hope yo read this and continue to enjoy his music as much as i do and maybe he will insprire a great song or you to write. Well God Bless.

    Thanks for sharing your comments!

    Allen Kiger

  58. Lebron Ropp
    February 7, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more with these words by Mr. Marx. Glen is a talent everyone should appreciate. I too grew up listening to Glen. Even when his air play subsided, I listened and would sing his songs through my college days (many years ago). I don’t like where the music industry is today. It’s a far cry from what I grew up on. Ghost On The Canvas is a phenomenal album. Glen’s voice at the age of 75 is remarkable. Most younger artists can’t pull of what Glen can do at 75. I too am sadened at the circumstances surrounding this “last” album. If anyone gets a chance to see Glen in the “Goodbye Tour”, GO!!!! I’ve seen it once, so far… He has earned my respect and admiration. What a “Genuine Talent”… God Bless Glen Campbell!

  59. Mary F. Swehla
    February 7, 2012

    I also bought the last CD “Ghost on a Canvas” and have played it quite a lot. My husband died in April 2011 from Alzheimers and the songs Glen sings on this CD has me in tears from the beginning. I especially like the ones at the end “Troubles” and “There’s No Me Without You.” I grew up with Glen’s music and have always loved it.

  60. gerard kennedy
    February 7, 2012

    Glen is the real McCoy, there’s more talent in glen’s baby finger then alot out there today, none of that miley vanilly stuff with glen.

  61. February 7, 2012

    I 2nd that emotion. Glen has been my favourite singer for 43 years and at long last I got to see him live on stage last October in Manchester, England. It made my year, decade even.
    What a superb talent, what unbelievable voice!
    Thank you Richard for a touching article.
    Wish I had written it!
    Hoerdur Hilmarsson, Reykjavik, Iceland

  62. Chris Kissinger
    February 7, 2012

    Wow Richard…you hit it on the nail…guess you could call it progressive Denial…you put it off for good reason….So My Glen Story is Similar…p.s. I Do Video I-Mag at Greek theatre here in La and worked with you in Atlanta at a few shows at Chastain,,,plus was at the Infamous Last show with little Dave Koz in Panama city/Destin Area back in 88 I think( my off day from my Hair days as singer in band) …his last show….So here we go.. Glen Story..when I learned Glen had his last album coming out and his Condition….It was like media was force feeding me this emotion I had to taste….So I took it. Did the same, bought it the day it came out…and just started to lose it on first Listen…It was like listening to a best of album without any hits…they went thru his entire career and wrote songs to capture his life in Sound…Just loved it…now by that first step of listening…I needed to up the anti….I had to SEE him, not easy last summer with a full season to work…but I found one Night…Santa Barbara charity event Alzheimer’s assoc. show..and what better way to see him in that he was facing his condition head on…My review of the show was Just what i thought it would be..perfect…his 3 kids where his backup band with a friend…and they were SO much better than they should have been…from what Ive learned with the diseases ..its imperative to surround yourself with familiarity, hence his family…he told a story of John Wayne,sang with such feel,and his guitar Playing was superb …Like You Richard, I talked about Glen A lot last summer…after show told our Booking agent at Nederlander …and he was like, oh yea…we are trying to get a date on him…although I told him 6 months prior…a little late,don’t you think? oh agents…some lead, some follow.lol…and last part….Cheap trick Played last summer with us..and I know Robin Zander and wife…at end of night…I said Robin…you Have got to hear New Glen Campbell cd…I really had no idea why I said that to him…his reply was DUDE, Julian Raymond produced my solo cd..he said he sat in on some sessions with Glen and sang some backup with Rick Nelson…I left that night with a foot in my mouth like Fred Flintstone..I guess the world gets smaller as we get older….Richard thanks for the incredible honest blog on your Glen experience. see you around…Chris Kissinger….p.s. go see him if you can …I really think it will bring a smile to your soul and you won’t regret it..Take care.

  63. Chris
    February 7, 2012

    Great post Richard. As a kid around the same time as you – I caught the tail end of the TV show – and somewhere even still have my Rhinestone Cowboy LP. Similar to you – over the years (as you so nicely approached it)the tabloid stories were wiping away what his music meant to me as well. I am glad you brought this up today – there will be a tribute to Glen on this year’s Grammy’s….and I am also hopeful that people like you will give this new album a chance… it really is amazing. As a fan of you as well over the years – it is really nice to see you as an artist still embracing what inspired you instead of shying away from it.

  64. Debbie
    February 7, 2012

    Richard, I too grew up with Glen Campbell’s music, Wichita Lineman is my favorite,Glen was one my first crushes on a celebrity, even though he is old enough to be my father, i was about 6 or 7 when I first saw him on his tv show that I watched faithfully every week. You are right about never getting to pay tribute while the artist is still alive it is always after they passed away. Congrats on a beautiful blog about a great singer. Many blessings to you and your career. Debbie Parker

  65. February 7, 2012

    My name is Beth Christian and I am a fan of Glen’s. I met Glen’s cousin Anita Campbell on Facebook and we haven become friends. I went to see Glen last month when he was here on his tour. Anita was an awsome person to take me backstage to meet Glen and his family. I will never forget that night nor the favor Anita did for me. I am a daughter of a parent, my mom who had Alzheimers. My mother had it for 7 years. This was my adopted mother and I was an only child and I cared for her for 7 years. Those were the hardest 7 years in my life, the pain, the struggle of emotions, the physical and mental emotions both of us were going thru, seeing my mother loosing her mind and going really crazy where they had to restrain her. There is one thing that was good about it all and that was to hear my mother sing in spite of the condition she was in. The only thing that would calm my mother down was a tape cassette player with Frank Sinatra and other singers she knew. My mother did not know who I was which killed me but the words to songs, the music she was in tune with. My heart is broken for Glen and also for his family. I wish I could take it all away the pain that lies ahead. We are to be positive,we are to keep the spirits of the loved one who has this disease up and happy. We as the loved ones, caretakers have to be strong, but I as one who dealt with a parent with Alzheimers, we do break down, we do have our moments where we have to let go of our emotions, we would not be human if we didn’t. I and thousands of others want to support Glen and his family and his music. Everyone needs to speak positive words, stories, about this fine man. This man is still alive and still singing/performing, traveling and he is strong. This man deserves the publics praises and get to his concert if you can. There are reasons why people cant make concerts but if you really can please do so. God Bless Glen Campbell – “America’s Rhinestone Cowboy”. Thank you for letting me share.

  66. James Smith
    February 7, 2012

    I have been a fan of Glen’s from the early ’60′s. He is as you described, one of the greatest entertainers I have ever seen or heard. I had the pleasure of meeting Glen back in 1978 or 79 in Las Vegas. His brother Gerald set it up for me to meet him. He was a very gracious person and welcomed me in to his dressing room with all these famous people all over. I was in heaven that night.

    I was really saddened to hear about the alzheimer’s news. I puckered a little myself when I heard it.

    I haven’t gotten his DVD yet but I will. I too will probably cry knowing he won’t be there on the stage in concert.

  67. Janet Remington
    February 7, 2012

    Wow. What a heartfelt tribute. I too have been a long time fan of Glen’s and I actually got to meet him when I was 10 years old because he had heard that I was writing to soldiers in Viet Nam. He was so gracious and kind to me and it is a memory that I will never forget. Thank you for writing what you did about this amazing musician.

  68. rick birkett
    February 7, 2012

    ithink glen capbell was at his best when he recorded glen cambell sing jimmy web

  69. Jim Basler
    February 7, 2012

    Thanks for this heartfelt, well-written account. We all share many of the same feelings you do. I hope you DO get to meet Glen.

  70. Valerie R.
    February 7, 2012

    Thank you for writing the words that I could not. You expressed my feelings exactly. May I also say that I was honored to attend one of his farewell tour concerts. Yes, it had a sadness about it, but it was still the great Glen Campbell sound and quality musician that we know and love.

  71. February 7, 2012

    Hi richard , that was a wonderful appreciation to glen campbell.i too grew up with glens music . My too elder brothers were lucky enough to meet him in the uk last year and get his autograph.check out my brother paul on you tube sbbinahee he sings and plays guitar and has recently wrote a song all about glen.just want to say I have always loved your music and it has brought tears to my eyes.it helped me through good and bad times. You have an amazing talent. Thanks for your time ,take care linda x

  72. February 7, 2012

    My parents listened to him and passed it on to me. I had a big crush on him and think back to when I was that kid growing up, I’d kiss Glen on the lips of my parents black & white TV! His “Goodbye Tour Concert” was booked in my city 1st in Dec. but cancelled due to laryngitis then resceduled on Jan.22,2012 My Christmas present to myself was the chance to see him in person! My Mother God rest her soul, was beside me the night of the Concert embracing and loving each song Glen Campbell sang that night. His Concert is truly a Treasure to see with 3 of his children with him.
    ^5 to you Richard Marx for writing and sharing your thoughts with us :)

  73. Scott Kramer
    February 7, 2012

    Richard, I am so glad you are sharing this with your fans and the general public. I have met Glen several time along with his daugher Debby through being in the braodcasting industry.

    I totally agree with you the album “Ghost On The Canvas” is a REAL masterpiece and Glen is unfortunately wrapping up his long successful career on a VERY high note. Many artists wind up ending their career with sub-standard music and the good year long before passing on.

    It is a REAL tribute to Glen to have this masterpiece be released at the end of his musical career. We all can hope that Glen is able to continue to perform for a while longer giving others a chance to see Glen one last time or possibly their FIRST experience in the midst of the Rhinestone Cowboy. Enjoy the music everyone. Glen, I look forward to seeing you here back in Phoenix in a couple weeks, Sincerely, Scott Kramer, Bonneville Broadcasting

  74. Barb Withem
    February 7, 2012

    Like you I grew up with him. I credit him for sparking the love I have of music. I have seen him several times over the years but I saw him in Ohio 2 Sundays ago. He was amazing. GO SEE HIM. You wont regret it for a second. You must see him in person before he is gone. No excuses. Thank you for your story it is a reflection of mine!

  75. David L. Kaliner
    February 7, 2012

    Thanks, Richard Marx, for a touching piece that mirrors my feelings about the hugely-talented artist Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell has been a huge inspiration throughout my childhood and even in these modern times. I wish him the best in his battle against Alzheimer’s Disease, and truly look forward to listening to “Ghost On The Canvas,” the latest release from this amazing individual.

  76. David
    February 7, 2012

    Dear Richard,

    I feel the same way and was compelled to go see him in NY about a month ago.He was still amazing but I had tears in my eyes as well.We both are going through the same thing.

  77. Laura
    February 7, 2012

    I love the story Richard Marx wrote. I saw Glen Campbell on the Ellen Show perform a Better Place and I couldn’t get enough of that song. I wanted this CD for Christmas and I am happy to say I got the CD and I play it often. I think’s it’s wonderful CD. I especially love Track #11 and I know that song. As soon as I heard it…I knew but still don’t know where I heard it before…but find myself playing that song over and over. With 2 boys that play guitar…I was touch by Glen playin with his children. A fan of Glen…Laura Starshoot***

  78. Sally Maxwell
    February 7, 2012

    I got to sing back-up with REO at the state fair in Indiana, I think it was 81′. It was raining like hell, I do remember that, mud everywhere. You guys opened for REO. I was in awe, of the band, and the fact that I was standing by “Jason Walton”….ah well……anyway. The first time I saw Glen Campbell was on his variety show, after they dumped the Smother’s Brothers for being “bad”. The voice had me from hello, but the Ovation guitar took my breath away! My Dad gave me $100 for graduating high school, I bought my first guitar…..learned how to play, by ear, by not, by God!! and then decided on a “solo” career, and bought my first “real
    guitar, an Ovation Legend…..so sweet. Had it forever until the neck broke on it, I cried. I drew my sister’s name for Christmas…….Glen Campbell playing at a local( 4 hr.) casino…….2 tickets……best time, crossed it off “my” bucket list!!! So glad you finally listened to it! He WILL be remembered, he will be loved……..forever! Your friend in music! Sally “The Songbird” Maxwell.♫♫♫♫

  79. Dee
    February 7, 2012

    Dear Richard,
    Your personal story about Glen Campbell could be mine. I’ve listened to his music for over 40 years, but strayed slightly when his albums were no longer sold in retail stores and before the availability of the Internet that helped me to catch up with his catalogue.
    You’ve beautifully expressed Glen’s very special voice and amazing guitar-playing skills. You expressed my experience with “Ghost on the Canvas,” an album that brought tears to me, too. Thank you for putting into words the feelings that I couldn’t express myself. I’m glad we both (and many, many others) knew Glen Campbell “before he was a superstar” and also now.
    I hope you can catch Glen on his Goodbye Tour. It will be a life experience that you’ll never forget and never regret. (I saw Glen at the Irvine Auditorium in Phil., PA in September.)
    Thank you again for your beautiful blog entry!

  80. February 7, 2012

    Richard Marx: this is beautiful. As a lifelong GC fan, I fully identify with your sentiments about finding reasons to not listen to Ghost on the Canvas. I still have not but fully intend to after reading your blog. I would like to share with you an entry from my blog about one of the greatest moments of my life: meeting Glen Campbell last November. Thank you again for your heartfelt post! Kind regards, Pamela Lesch

    http://charlestonmakeupartist.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-wore-red-lipstick.html

  81. February 7, 2012

    So nice to here from someone such as yourself.A recognized name in the music business.Express what so many fans like myself are feeling.So hard to watch him leave us this way.He’s incredible.Thank you for your thoughts and memories of Mr.Campbell.

  82. February 7, 2012

    I am a 63 year old musician who has been reflecting back on the great influence Glen had on me as I thought of all those years learning to play in part by listening and watching him and then ultimately gigging.

    Thanks for puttng into words the feelings I’ve had ever since hearing of Glens illness and his final tour and recording. His playing and singing will go on as a part of those his talent has touched. Thanks again.

  83. Ursula
    February 7, 2012

    Hi. What a nice tribute. I too listened to Glen Campbell as a teenager and while I really didn’t like Country music, I loved Glen’s voice and it was him and Johnny Cash that eventually opened my eyes to enjoying some Country music!

    Thanks to you now I will listen to Glen’s new cd.

    I am a huge fan of Luther Vandross and until reading this I had no idea that you co-wrote Dance with my Father! A truly lovely song up there with your own Waiting for You.

  84. Ffej
    February 7, 2012

    Like the saying goes, better late than never. But man, you were really late on this one!

    Your story is pretty much my story with Glen other than the late part with Ghost On A Canvas. I was unlucky to have a gig the night he was playing here in the SF area but was lucky to road trip it down to L.A. to see him. He was unbelievable. It was great to see all the celebs in the audience honoring him that night by being there. Mickey Dolenz was the first to jump up in front of me for a standing ovation after an over the top amazing vocal performance. I hope you get to see him before this tour is over.

    I found your blog through a Glen Campbell Facebook update today.

  85. Cindy Hillis
    February 7, 2012

    Thank you so much for this article. I grew up listening to Glen Campbell all my life. I really love him and his music.I have seen him 5 or 6 times in concert over my life. It is so sad to hear what he is going through. I lost my mother to Alzheimers. I am listening to his music lately again too. Cindy Hillis

  86. February 8, 2012

    Thank you for your wonderful blog on Glen, it says it all so beautifully! I watched Glen’s show when I was a kid, too. I have enjoyed your music, and I should have known that you would be so appreciative of Glen, too. I hope you get to meet him one day, he is such a down-to-earth, regular guy.

  87. Stephanie
    February 8, 2012

    What a wonderful tribute! You said it so plain and true. Exactly how I feel. I play him often after a long day at work and my grand baby tells me, “Nana, put in Galveston” when we’re in the car. I think she loves it because Nana knows the words to each song on that CD and when it’s just us, we sing it together. I seen him in concert at a local fair about 20 years ago. Loved him growing up and like you, my parents and grandparents loved him too. Thanks for the great tribute and for sharing what I’m sure so many feel about Glen Campbell.

  88. Carolyn B.
    February 8, 2012

    I also grew up with Glen Campbell’s music at home. On the radio, tv show and listening to album’s with my mother. I’m sad with the thought of this being his last album. I hope Mr. Campbell realize’s how much he has touched our hearts. (fans) Love to Glen Campbell and his family.

  89. February 8, 2012

    Just wanted to say, I have lived my whole life wanting to BE Glen Campbell. When I was a child, I first heard Rhinestone Cowboy and knew THAT was what I wanted to do with my life. The one big thing my Dad did for me as a child was take me to see Glen Campbell live at Belmont Park on Long Island (1978-1980 roughly), that was about the time he released Another Fine Mess on the Burt Reynolds movie The End. at the end of the show, I heard someone say “He is out at his bus” (Which if I remember right was like a winnabego).I ran out to meet him, Dad had no idea where I went, lol, I got there and he was shaking hands with folks, I had my hand out and this grown man pushed me out of the way as he was about to shake my hand, and that was it! He got back in the bus and off they went! I cried all the way home, but it was probably my most fond memory with my Dad. he told me to write Glen, which I did, and he sent me an autographed picture *Of coarse now, I am pretty sure it was from his people :)
    Fastforward 2006, and I am here in Nashville taking care of one of our countries most famous venues for a living, and I finally get to shake his hand when he does a show there! Yeah, that night a 40 year old man became an 11 year old boy again and a 70 year old man became 40 something! My greatest moment living in Nashville!
    2011 and 2012 he came again to my job for his goodbye tour, and was AMAZING!!! as was his multi talented children and their group “Instant People”.
    I have a library of LP albums in my personal collection of maybe 8000,about 140 of them are The Legendary Glen Campbell, out of all those awesome records, I have never heard him sing a song I didnt like EVER! His most recent “Ghost on the canvas” is one of, if not THE best in his cataloge!
    I am praying for Glen, and hoping the good lord has a comeback up his sleave, but so glad Glen is doing this tour, filled with so much love on that stage.
    If not for Glen Campbell, I never move to Nashville to become a songwriter.

    Glen Campbell was my childhood Idol, Glen Campbell today is my adulthood Idol!

    Thanks Glen for the memories!

  90. February 8, 2012

    I completely agree with your assessment of Ghost On the Canvas Cd. I grew up on Glen’s music and my mom was one of his biggest fans and still is. His talent seems to have no age and has not waned.it is sad to think he may not continue to share the gifts he has been musically blessed with.I too want to appreciate his artistry while he is still able to share it.

  91. February 8, 2012

    Dear Mr. Marx,

    I found Glen Campbell and his music in the late 1960′s. The first music album I every owned was “Wichita Lineman”. I listened to that album for hours on end and still have it. Then “Galveston” and all the others during his heyday. Great performances and great songs. It was like he knew how I felt and expressed it better that anyone else.

    I was fortunate enough to see him in concert several times and his performances were always outstanding. He managed to make even his covers of other performers songs his own.

    I saw him last September in Philadelphia and although he stumbled on some lyrics, the voice was strong and his guitar skills were still intact. It was a great performance.

    You are so right in recommending that people listen to his music. It is timeless and his voice is truly a gift from above.

    For the record, I am also having a problem dealing with the end of Glen’s music. Then again, we will always have his albums to listen to again and again.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Richardson

  92. GK
    February 8, 2012

    Its really wonderful when someone with incredible talent admires those that came before him. There was a time when music was pure & natural. Glen is one of those musicians that can do anything.

  93. Tom Rector
    February 8, 2012

    Beautiful thoughts, Richard. I feel much the same way and I don’t think we’re the only ones. I encourage you to go see Glen soon and tell him what he’s meant to you.

  94. Marilynn Jablonski
    February 8, 2012

    Dear Mr. Marx,
    A friend of mine sent this blog to me knowing how much Glen Campbell’s music means to me, and I am so glad he did. I too grew up listening to Glen Campbell and remember his tv show. As a matter of fact, it was Glen on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour who comforted me the night I was alone in my hospital room, separated from my family as a young girl. His voice was, and still is, one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I can’t explain it, but I literally get choked up listening to “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman”. He holds such a special place in my heart, and yet like you, he will never know it. I’m not some strange fan who is obsessed or anything like that, I just truly feel a connection to him… he epitomizes a time and place in my life that was so very near and dear to me.
    I grew up playing the guitar and singing in the Bay area. My father was very big on Country, and funny enough although I wasn’t a big fan of the “twang” that most country artists produced at the time, I remember the first time I heard Glen Campbell and knew he was something really unique….he was popular in both the Country and pop charts, which I believe then was new, in and of itself. I later learned about his talent as a guitarist and studio musician. For me this further solidified the respect I had for him as a talented individual. He was the real deal.

    I think you put it so well when you said, “But I realized today that the reason I kept putting off listening to “Ghost On a Canvas” was because it appears to mark the end of Glen’s music.” and then you added that it’s a reality you didn’t want to accept, and still don’t…
    Amen to that…I completely share your sentiments…..and I totally agree that we should be celebrating his gift, his amazing talent NOW…before it is too late.
    Finally, I want to say thank you Mr. Marx, for sharing your thoughts and honoring Glen Campbell and his incredible body of work…I cannot wait to hear “Ghost On a Canvas”.
    Sincerely,
    M Jablonski

  95. February 8, 2012

    Beautifully stated Richard… I share your sentiments completely and glen has had a profound impact on my music as well. the new CD blew me away.

    I’ve really enjoyed your work too…hope we can write together sometime. cheers, Phil

  96. CATHY WAGNER
    February 8, 2012

    I too grew up on Glen Campbell. I was just talking about how he always said, “Hi, I’m Glen Campbell” on his show way back when. I started singing Wichita Lineman at work and it became infectious. Soon, the small group of people started singing it with me and I heard co-workers leaving the building humming the song out loud as we left to go home.
    I had an opportunity to see him at a fair a couple of years ago and I didn’t go, something I am sure to regret along with others I didn’t see and are no longer with us. I am going to listen to “A Better Place” and I am sure I will be in tears too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

  97. February 8, 2012

    Richard, thank you for sharing your thoughts about the great Glen Campbell! I have also loved his music over the years and have many of his LP’s in my collection. I don’t know why but I have been sitting on a fence about buying his farewell album Ghost on a Canvas. I think my thoughts are the same as yours and find it hard to accept that this will be his last album.
    I notice that a couple of extra tracks are included on the download version to buy which is a bit of a shame they are not included on the CD.
    I guess I will be getting my copy now after reading your interesting comments…thank you.

  98. Bill Zimmer
    February 8, 2012

    Thanks for this Richard. I too grew up on Glen. Bought my first Harmony guitar, his 45′s and learned to play his music. I obviously didn’t take it far as you as I am now a boring old business consultant.

    I rediscovered him about 8-9 years ago. My iPod has been filled since and my kids even apprciate him (smart kids!).

    I have resisted Ghost as well as I find it hard to accept, but never pass up an opportinity to hear or see him on facebook.

    Best regards,

    Bill Zimmer
    Dayton Ohio

  99. Deann Lent
    February 8, 2012

    Thanks for the tip Richard. Just listened to all the tidbits on ITunes and then bought the entire album. I was raised listening to his music as well (though I’m not a great musician as you are)!!

  100. Amanda
    February 8, 2012

    Thank you for posting this about Glen Campbell. I love it! I went to see him at the Ryman a few months ago…it was my first (and last) time to ever see him perform live. It was a truly amazing experience and will forever be etched in my mind.

  101. Jamesine Bodyfelt
    February 8, 2012

    Thanks so much for putting into words what I have in my heart. I’ve been a huge fan of Glen’s since the mid-60s. When my friends all had posters of The Monkees on their bedroom walls, I had posters of Glen Campbell.
    After many years, I’ve also begun listening, REALLY listening, to his music. “Ghosts on the Canvas” is a truly remarkable last album. I cannot stop crying while listening to Glen’s music, both past and present songs. It causes me to reflect on my childhood, teen-age years, young adulthood and now my senior years. A time long gone, but fondly remembered because of the music of Glen Campbell. His songs really were the music of my life.

  102. Angie Rogers
    February 8, 2012

    What a sweet reflection on a wonderful man. I just took my husband to see him on Jan. 29th – his Christmas present. Glen walked out on stage singing Gentle On My Mind & I couldn’t stop crying out of the thrill of seeing him, the bittersweet tour and the beautiful song. A wonderful memory to treasure of an amazing guitar player – he can still tear one up! If you get a chance, The Moon’s A Hard Mistress was pretty moving as well.

    Best wishes to you and thank you for sharing.

  103. Leeon Leyde
    February 9, 2012

    It is nice to hear from those in the industry share great thoughts about Glen. I have never met him but sure wish I had. He deserved a lot more recognition than the music industry has given him over the last 25 years. Current country music should listen to his latest album, play it and let us decide if it music others should hear. They have kept it from us for too long.

    Leeon

  104. February 9, 2012

    Richard, thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings! I just turned 50 and still remember watching the Glen Campbell show with my parents on the ole black and white tv and blasting his records on the Magnavox console stereo in the living room so loud that the picture window would shake. I guess I have to go out and get the new record of his. Keep up the good work yourself. I enjoy reading your blogs.

  105. Caroline
    February 9, 2012

    Thank you for recognising Glen’s amazing music.

    The man has an amazing sense of humor. He lived a hard life and found God. All is right in his life.

  106. niall markey
    February 9, 2012

    Hi Richard! I really enjoyed reading your wondeful tribute to Glen. I can emphatize with a lot of what you say about growing up with Glen’s music weaving through your heart and soul. It resonates at a very personal level for me; my dad was a wonderful singer and guitarist. My first memory of hearing him sing was his rendition of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’. I was 6 years old then and we lived in a small town in Ireland. Sadly, my dad passed away 3 years ago. After I had started playing guitar, I once asked my dad; who’s the best guitar player you ever heard? His reply was, Glen Campbell. It was surprising for me to hear that, as I always associated Glen with singing. As time passed I soon got to see what my dad was talking about. Some 15 years ago, he and I, along with my brother attended a Glen Campbell concert in Dublin. What a show! No one plays ‘Classical Gas’ like Glen Campbell. Glen Campbell is and always will be a legend!

  107. pamela lamb
    February 10, 2012

    You are a truly wonderful person Richard Marx. Someday someone will write about you like you did Glen.

  108. bruce standler
    February 11, 2012

    Richard you hit the nail on the head about Glen. I have been a fan of his since 68. He was /is a great live performer just like another great live performer YOU. Wife and I saw you in Morristown NJ last April. I will always listen to you and Glen

  109. diana
    February 11, 2012

    this is seriously sad. i’ve been a fan for most of my life and it’s too bad he’s not going to live much longer. i still listen to my lp’s on my old turntable and love them to death.

  110. Cynnie Donovan
    February 11, 2012

    Very, very well written. Your heart and sincerity shines brilliantly through. How wonderful to know that a legacy is so well respected and represented.

  111. Rich
    February 12, 2012

    Glen Campbell made me want to be a singer and guitarist. I met him once and traded a couple of letters with him, all back in the ’70s, and he couldn’t have been nicer to me.

    Your blog entry brought tears to my eyes, Richard. Beautifully written.

  112. Douglas Keenan
    February 12, 2012

    Richard, and Glen’s fans. I agree with you completely! I felt a lot of the same emotions after watching the piece about Glen Campbell on CBS News Sunday Morning today. I could have not said it better! I had several tears in my eyes while watching it! I hope all the love from his family,friends & fans are felt, as well as help Glen in his next journey in life! How wonderful it must be to share his music & passion with his son’s and daughter on the very same stage!

  113. Jamie
    February 13, 2012

    Beautiful tribute. I hope that he gets to see this piece, and that you get to meet him.

  114. Jamie
    February 13, 2012

    Beautiful tribute. I hope he gets to read this, and that you get to meet him.

  115. charles horowitz
    February 14, 2012

    Beautiful tribute. Glenn touched so many people, and will so long as music is listened to. What a great voice, such humanity. Very natural and smooth, ringing through the “overproduced” music that he brought to the masses by going “mainstream.” One feels he was uncompromising, all the while compromising. A true Rhinestone Cowboy, who wrote virtually none of his best known work. We love you, Glenn!

  116. February 14, 2012

    Richard, Thank you for sharing your heart with this spot-on story of musical inspiration called Glen Campbell! 75% of who I am as an artist/entertainer is due to Mr. Campbell.
    12 years ago after a show I introduced Glen to my wife, Aprill and he lovingly crooned: “APRIL LOVE” by Pat Boone. Glen’s quite the commedian and a very inspiring spiritual man as well.
    I could go on and on, but let me say that your song, “Dance with my Father Again” makes me cry my eyes out! How I would love to have you as a guest artist at our winery in Temecula, California…and maybe we could sing a duet in honor of Mr. Campbell!

  117. Kat
    February 14, 2012

    I watched the Grammy Awards just because Mr. Glen Campbell was going to perform. It was great to be able to see him sing again!

  118. guitarbearhug
    February 15, 2012

    Props to you for sharing your thoughts and your heart. Too many people take no time to share and celebrate the things that move them….too soon they are gone….by sharing you make an investment in the joy of others…

  119. Pam Halldorson
    February 15, 2012

    He is SO GREAT, and his Lovely Children are Delightful……..What A Legacy………….Music and Class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  120. February 16, 2012

    Richard,
    You are such a class-act!
    I too grew up listening to Glen Campbell and will always remember his smooth, unassuming voice and simple, yet touching lyrics.
    I was happy to see the Grammy’s recognition of him last week! I hope we both get a chance to see him perform before he’s gone.

  121. Jean-Ann Webster
    February 18, 2012

    Wow, I agree and I have no expertise in music to back me up. Each track on the album is a gem. I wouldn’t buy it, I think for the same reasons you put off listening to it for so long. The Grammy awards put me over the edge. I downloaded ig from Rhapsody I have been listening non-stop since then. Some times I cry, most times I smile. The album is truly wonderful. So good, that I almost feel brave enough to think about a world where he will not ever play music again.

  122. SandiO
    February 18, 2012

    What a beautiful way to embrace the wonder of days past and the reality of days present – both yours and Glen Campbell’s. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reminding us how important “the now” is — and I think I will soon join you in the celebration of Glen Campbell’s talent … :)

  123. bill swensen
    February 19, 2012

    What a great story line and I so relate to your memories of growing up with Glen Campbell. It was so good to see him on the CBS Sunday Morning show last week and the Grammy Awards. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to find “Wichita Lineman” at a yard sale and it’s playing on the LP as I write this thank you for your thoughts and reminding us to celebrate Glen Campbell and his treasured style.

  124. Vikky Zelenak
    February 20, 2012

    What a wonderful song, yet it hits home and reminds us of why he will always live on through his music.

  125. Robert D. Smola
    February 20, 2012

    I am a huge Glenn Campbell fan (and Richard Marx and Duo fan…) and just got to see one of the last shows in Aurora.

    It was a moving experience to see how three of his children (who are part of his touring band) really make sure he is okay and keep him on track. The most amazing thing is his guitar playing. He can still let a solo just rip!!!!

    To hear him sing Witchita Lineman live was a rally moving experience and Ghost on the Canvas is a lush, beautiful record!!!

    Hope to see you soon (saw you with Ringo several years ago and love the duo stuff…)

    Take care…

  126. February 20, 2012

    The act of sharing such an intimate event as this: Instigates a prayer: “Lord, please protect this soul and let him prosper. Amen.”

    I will download “Ghost on a Canvas”
    Thank youl;.
    Geoff

  127. February 24, 2012

    Richard, I am so moved by this blog. I also remember my parents putting old Glen Campbell tracks on the family turntable when I was a kid. I remember distinctly in 1975, my brother purchasing a 45 of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and being blown away by the track (I was only 7 years old at the time).

    I am a musician myself and I write and record songs that straddle the line between country and rock. I spent years doing only the rock thing but got myself back into country a few years ago. Glen had planted a seed that simply wouldn’t go away. When I purchased his latest CD Ghosts in the Canvas, I was aware of his current health situation. I had no idea what tracks were on it, but out of respect for the man, I wanted to own this CD. When I put it on, just like when I was 7 years old, the man blew me away again. His voiced jumped at me, sounding as crisp and poignant as ever (I could not believe how good his voice still sounded). And then there is the song “Better Place,” the first track on the album. Oh my, I too was choked up and had tears in my eyes. That is one of the most intimately personal and powerfully written and performed tracks I have ever heard. Way to go Glen!!

    Anyway, from one Glen Campbell admirer to another … I am so with you Richard in celebrating the gift that is Glen Campbell!

    Cheers,
    Rich Chambers

  128. Andrew
    February 25, 2012

    Ditto Richard. I was a Glen Campbell fan as a kid of his TV show then didn’t really think about him until hearing about his Alzheimer’s (although, “Wichita Lineman” has been in my head since I was a kid! . I stumbled across, “Meet Glen Campbell” on iTunes and was floored by his still amazingly strong voice and loved his rendition of the Foo Fighter’s “Times Like These.” I too bought, “Ghost On A Canvas” and am completely mesmerized. “There’s No Me Without You” is one of the most romantic songs I have ever heard (next to some of your’s of course!). This record reminds me of Warren Zevon’s, “The Wind.” Two extremely talented, often overlooked, artists who got to say goodbye their own way.

  129. Eileen salazar
    February 26, 2012

    Richard, thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt thoughts. I am a singer and reached back to my memory of songs last year that I absolutely cherished and wanted to sing; several were Glen Campbell’s. I have connected with your songs and really appreciate your professional insight. I hope you and Mr. Campbell can do something together. That would be stellar.

  130. judy hatfield
    February 27, 2012

    Well said. It is to often thats words are spoken after one passes away instead of present. You have amazing talent and a way eith words

  131. judy hatfield
    February 27, 2012

    Well said. It is to often thats words are spoken after one passes away instead of present. You have amazing talent and a way with words.

  132. Bryan
    February 28, 2012

    what a heartfelt tribute to Glen’s talent. Can relate to a little of your story Richard…the early part about growing up with his songs being played by the parents on vinyl, or the reel to reel they recorded so much of their favourite music to.
    Never followed him after that point, but am encouraged by your experience to get his final album. Trust he is surrounded by family & loved ones thru the wretched Alzheimers.
    Thanks again for sharing your private thoughts and for honouring someone who has influenced millions.
    Cheers
    BP (in Oz)

  133. Bryan
    February 28, 2012

    I guess you will have seen this spot on Glen & his wife touching on his career & recent diagnosis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpeJKdCK6uc&feature=related
    revealing, interesting & touching

  134. Bryan
    February 28, 2012

    Many thanks for this story Richard…just got Glen’s latest album from iTunes……very very enjoyable!

  135. Alan
    February 29, 2012

    Hi Richard, very nice tribute to Glen. I happen to know his wife Kim well and have had the pleasure of meeting Glen (my kids hung out with his and played music with them years back). I sent your blog to Kim and I’m sure Glen will give it a read. I too shed tears at his Ghost On A Canvas cd… he’s a great musician and a wonderful man; not flawless as nobody is, but he’s right with Jesus and that’s all that matters. Thanks again for your blog.

  136. Cathy
    March 1, 2012

    He was just in concert at Mohegan and I couldn’t go. It makes me sad to think I’ll never see him in concert but even sadder to know what he’s going through and what his family must be witnessing. I hope they know it’s OK to laugh even in the worst times and to really appreciate the good times while they experience them. I have this image of me walking down a street somewhere as a little girl with my mother by my side and singing Rhinestone Cowboy at the top of my lungs….badly. I knew all the words and sang it over and over again. My poor mother! Dad used to listen to Glen a lot and we also watched him on TV. I’m not going to think of what’s to come but I’m choosing to remember what was and the musical legacy he has given us.

  137. Ally
    March 3, 2012

    I couldn’t agree with you more…on everything you said so eloquently. I have loved Glen Campbell all of my life and I saw him last night here in Washington. It was obvious that his disease is progressing so it was a bittersweet farewell performance to see…but he still sounded amazing! Bless his children who were in his band and kept him on track so subtlely. Being child of a parent who is also suffering from Alzheimer’s, I thought they handled it so gracefully. I, too, was in tears listening to “A Better Place” and have come to a renewed appreciation of Glen Campbell and am glad that he has received the recent tributes on the award shows while he can still appreciate them.

  138. sharon edwards
    March 5, 2012

    Love your music,(awesome voice) share very similar music interests. Wish so much you would make a new album!!!!!!

  139. Steve Allen
    March 12, 2012

    Richard, I`m a year younger than you. I remember watching the Glen Campbell show with my dad, who was a big fan. I have always enjoyed Glens music. In the 70`s when I was a kid, and CB radios were popular my Handle or CB name was Rhinestone Cowboy. He is truly a talented musician and songwriter. Thanks for recomending this, I`ll pick up the cd.

    I wanted to mention I met you and your wife on Rick Springfields 2009 Cruise. Its the only one of his cruises I have been on. When I found out you were on Ricks cruise, I told my wife We gotta go some way some how. I had lost track of you since the 80`s and I never got to see you live. So I figured I could se two of my favorites at once. I loved the accoustic set you and Rick did. Now I have a new appreciation for your writting. “Through my Veins” is my favorite. I lost my Dad when I was 17. I love to play that song on my accoustic,and sing along with your recording. It`s hard to do without crying. If you ever get a chance please come and play at Muscle Shoals, Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Thanks for all the great Music!! Steve Allen

  140. Todd
    March 13, 2012

    Richard,

    For whatever reason I too had been delaying buying Ghost On The Canvas. Perhaps as you indicated it is the knowing that it is Glen Campbells final album due to circumstances beyond his control. Although he really hadn’t had a hit in a while, I heard him occasionally in interviews on radio and he always sounded fantastic. After reading your blog, I purchased the album and was absolutely blown away. I have an opportunity to see Glen perform in May at the Count Basie theater in Red Bank NJ, and I am going to go. I’ve seen a few “legends” in concert, but never with the knowledge that this is probably my only chance to ever see him. Looking forward to a memorable evening as Glen does what he loves most, performing his music. Thanks for your time.

  141. Tim Phillips
    March 13, 2012

    Wow… Fantastic to hear someone like you talk about Glen this way… I too remember the TV show… my mom and dad singing along and of course later whistling some of the tunes or talking about the show.

    Do you realize that this story will be written again some day by someone talking about Richard Marx and his songs and singing?

    Blessings,

    Tim

  142. Glen/Travis Campbell
    March 14, 2012

    Hello, this is Travis Glen’s son; kudos on your blog- article I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and appreciate your kind words. These days you do not find that many people outside of the music industry who are aware of his musical journey. As you touched upon, the talents with which he was blessed go well beyond his vocal attributes as in my opinion he is one of the most accomplished pickers on the planet. I would encourage people to you tube his version of Jimmy Webb’s classic MacArthur Park in which his guitar solo is beyond words. One of his very last shows will be at the Hollywood Bowl I think in June. In closing I also wanted to say that I am one of your fans’ and share a poem I wrote for my dad a few years ago.
    Thank you
    Travis Campbell
    Dear dad by Travis Campbell
    To my father
    Dear dad:

    Sometimes you make me sad
    Sometimes you make me glad
    But as I grow in life
    I’ve come to know your strife

    Like you I try to hide
    The pain I feel inside
    But when I let it go
    It only helps me grow

    The gifts God gave to you
    Shines brightly through and through
    Your grace you share with all
    Not just to those that call

    Tight wires are merely strings
    It’s your soul that makes them ring
    The voice that comes from you
    Makes angels listen too

    I’ll love you till the end
    And always be your friend
    So remember I’m always here
    If you ever need my ear
    Author’s Comments:
    “Up to now I have never written a poem about my father, In my opinion he is among the world’s best guitarists such as Clapton, Page, Beck, Knopfler and the like”
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————–

    In a private note, not meant to be part of the abovementioned comment, hit me up on my face book page or Yahoo e-mail if I can be of any assistance to you, and or yours(friends-family members), for any of his final shows not just in L.A. but across the country. I could set up VIP seating for you. Feel free to publically post my comment including the poem if you would like.

  143. March 14, 2012

    not sure what to do here it is at the bottom of my screen below my comment, trudyandes.com is my wife’s web site feel free to post that as well

  144. Linda sadowski
    March 14, 2012

    Verry heartfelt.. Glen is a treasure.. You and your
    Wife should go to a concert.. I go toots of his concerts
    And although he is great on records and tv he shines
    Live on stage

  145. sergio cigolotti
    March 14, 2012

    I’ve discovered Glen’s music just a little while back as I live in Italy and am not updated with all the American musics ,I was introduced to his world by Peggy Inman , her name might not mean much to some people but I can assure you she’s a Glen’s important ambassador throughout the world ,she’s the one that told me about him .My wife has Glen’s problem and when the words of ” A better place” reached me , my heart almost stopped for the emotion , I remained breathless and felt sorrow and hope invade my soul deeply inside .My thanks to Glen for his fantastic music , It’s admirable the way he’s facing fate ,a very courageous man .All my respect to the artist and to the man.

  146. sergio cigolotti
    March 14, 2012

    “Ambassadress” is correct

  147. peggy inman
    March 15, 2012

    Nice comments about Glen.

  148. Eddie Ganz
    March 20, 2012

    I agree Richard ..
    I’m an old fan of Glens also..i can relate to everything you’ve mentioned..i’m 49 a singer…in NY and i love this album..his best in years…what a shame its not getting any airplay at least not in nyc or jersey…

    EG

  149. Margaret Dawson
    March 22, 2012

    Glen was my neighbor in Arkansas. When he was getting started; his parents had us to their house during Mr. Campbell’s, Glen’s fathers, birthday party each year. Their son was in California playing backup for the Beach Boys, etc. They told us he would be famous. He WAS. When he had the weekly TV show,The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour; he always had his mother and father on. He never left his roots. During he show’s summer hiatis ; he was always coming down at the diamond mine in Arkansas which we owned with his staff. They camped out as there so many of them to stay in his parents’ house. When we saw him in Reno after the show was off; he invited us backstage to meet his family. He is a great talent and individual who held many fundraisers in his hometown in Arkansas to help various groups and projects. He will be missed so much. God Bless you Glen and family!

  150. tim brandow
    April 10, 2012

    richard

    i have to agree with you one hundred percent glen campbell is one hell of a talented guy. back in the 80′s i went to see him in concert. i wanted to see this legendary guitarist, what i had not anticipated was what i did discover an amazing vocalist. i was totally blown away. it is very sad to know his carreer is coming to an end. (my father passed from alzheimers) i ask that you remember even after glen is gone his music will live on.

  151. Joe
    April 15, 2012

    I’ve been looking for some live Glen Campbell shows… do you have any to trade ?

  152. Kathy Groux
    June 26, 2012

    Just saw Glen at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. Richard is sooo right. He was phenomenal. The songs on “Canvas” are great, and when he performed them, I was in tears. Glen is a magnificient man.

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