7 Replies to “Jukebox: Glen Campbell’s Farewell”

  1. My mother and my oldest sister (only 61) both died from complications arising from Alzheimer’s so I am extremely sympathetic to anyone or their loved ones who suffer from this horrible disease. That said, Glen Campbell was a not very bright, right-wing tool, even when he was lucid. I think most of the songs he popularized were also written by other people (e.g. Gentle On Mind by the brilliant John Hartford).

    In any case, I don’t wish the disease on anyone. Here is an interesting video of Campbell covering Green Day’s Good Riddance:

    http://youtu.be/fPpJT3QRRnk

  2. My Mother had Alzheimer’s.

    When she was institutionalized there were no lights on in the Attic, and she recognized none of us.

    1. “Campbell has been moved to 24-hour care, as his doctors have determined that he is in the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s (‘severe cognitive decline’).”

      The video is touching; probably painful for some to watch.

      1. Oh My Gosh Steeleweed…,
        oh my gosh. Yeah…, Mom and I used to watch Glen on one of those old black and white country music shows and say…, “Why isn’t he a star?” It wasn’t that many years later that we were watching him on his own TV show in prime time. I wish we could watch this one together.

        “Close to the end I made it to Weippe for a few days and when the time came to tell her I had to get back home to Forks, she said, “I think I’ll just stay here.” I must have given her a funny look, because she asked, “Where are we?” I told her we were at The Ranch in Weippe. She laughed and said, “Shoot…, I thought we were in Hawaii.” I like to think that the Alzheimer’s made her forget what I told her…, and she stayed in Hawaii.”

        http://scottrthequillayutecowboy.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-mom.html

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