Glen Campbell keeps on playing

Glen Campbell is not just another pop celebrity, though that’s what he’s best known for.  He happens to be a great, great guitar player.  I’ve heard him play.  Anyway, the news came out awhile ago that he has Alzheimer’s.  What I didn’t know is that he is still giving concerts!

Here is a link to a review of one of those concerts, which sounds quite amazing.  It also includes a priceless quotation:

“I have Alzheimer’s?” he asks Kim, 53, his wife of 29 years… “Well, doggone … what’s that?” Kim gently reminds him that it’s the reason he’s been having trouble remembering things, but Campbell prefers a different explanation…. “God just cleared a lot of things out… It was crowded up there. I’ve been trying to get rid of that crap for years.”

via Althouse: Glen Campbell, despite Alzheimer’s disease, gave a concert last Thursday..

HT:  Bruce Gee

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  • SKPeterson

    I also heard a new recording a few days ago in which Campbell played with Dick Dale, Chris Isaak and Brian Setzer. Really nice stuff.

  • SKPeterson

    I also heard a new recording a few days ago in which Campbell played with Dick Dale, Chris Isaak and Brian Setzer. Really nice stuff.

  • Kirk

    I understand that things like playing music and doing algebra can slow the effects of Alzheimers, so it’s probably one of the best things he can do for himself.

  • Kirk

    I understand that things like playing music and doing algebra can slow the effects of Alzheimers, so it’s probably one of the best things he can do for himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    The Wichita lineman is still on the line!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    The Wichita lineman is still on the line!

  • Jerry

    A pause to thought…

  • Jerry

    A pause to thought…

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Witchita lineman. Good song.

    Also have to admit I like “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

    Sad news for the man. God have mercy on him.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Witchita lineman. Good song.

    Also have to admit I like “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

    Sad news for the man. God have mercy on him.

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    I like Campbell’s attitude!
    C-CS

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    I like Campbell’s attitude!
    C-CS

  • LAJ

    Does anyone know the title of the song that Glen Campbell sings with the bagpipes?

  • LAJ

    Does anyone know the title of the song that Glen Campbell sings with the bagpipes?

  • Bryan S.

    @LAJ, Amazing Grace, Mull of Kintyre

  • Bryan S.

    @LAJ, Amazing Grace, Mull of Kintyre

  • Helen F

    As far as I know, no one does Jimmy Webb’s songs better than Glen!

  • Helen F

    As far as I know, no one does Jimmy Webb’s songs better than Glen!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    You’re right, Helen. Including Jimmy Webb! This is one important exception to the general “singer-songwriter” principle that it’s better when musical artists perform songs that they themselves have written.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    You’re right, Helen. Including Jimmy Webb! This is one important exception to the general “singer-songwriter” principle that it’s better when musical artists perform songs that they themselves have written.

  • Helen F

    Another song that Glen did that’s rather obscure: “Reason to Believe.” I think it’s the best version, even better than the Tim Hardin’s, the composer.

  • Helen F

    Another song that Glen did that’s rather obscure: “Reason to Believe.” I think it’s the best version, even better than the Tim Hardin’s, the composer.


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