I saw Glen Campbell perform live when I was a kid. Glen Campbell was one of the first celebrities that I can remember seeing “in person.” The concert took place at the Indiana State Fair. At the time Mr. Campbell was a recording star, but would go on to have his own television series and appear in movies.
Glen Campbell always came across as a nice guy. Mr. Campbell seemed like someone you’d enjoy sharing a meal with or just talking to. That made the news that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s even more tragic. Not that you’d want anyone to get the disease, but especially not one of the good people.
Last October I posted about Glen Campbell’s song, I’m Not Gonna Miss You. At the time I said it was one of the saddest songs that I’d ever heard. I still think it is. Perhaps even more so after watching the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me takes us behind the scenes for a look at how Alzheimer’s wrecks the life of not only the person with the disease but also everyone who is close to the him/her.
Luckily for Mr. Campbell he has a devoted wife, family and friends and the financial resources to provide him a superior support system. Still even with all of that, the disease is unstoppable.
Mark Evanier wrote about being at a party a few years ago and the excitement that went through the crowd as it became known that Glen Campbell was going to sing a few songs… and the initial discomfort when they realized the toll Alzheimer’s was taking on him. Mr. Evanier goes on to say, heck, instead of me telling you what he said, why don’t you just click on over and read his words for yourself. Like everything Mark Evanier posts, it is more than worth a read. I’ll be here when you get back.
I want to echo Mark Evanier’s recommendation that you check out Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
As I was posting this, I noticed (and it was probably unintentional) that the title of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me can also read like Glen Campbell: Ill Be Me.