Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Okay, here's the deal.  I love Glen Campbell.  When I was a kid, my favourite song was Galveston.  I was, like, 7.  Glen knocked The Monkees off the number one perch in my life.  Now, Abbey Road came along and did him in, but I have never lost my appreciation for his music.  I love all those late 60's classics, many of which were written by Jimmy Webb.  Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Try A Little Kindness, Gentle On My Mind, Honey Come Back, Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife; okay, that last one was awfully sexist, but he sang the hell out of it.

Much later, I found out Glen had actually been in my favourite band for a few months years earlier.  He'd taken the place of Brian Wilson in 1965 for a few months in my beloved Beach Boys.  This was after Wilson stopped going on the road, and just stayed home to make the hits.  As payback for that, Brian wrote and produced a single for Campbell, called Guess I'm Dumb, which is excellent, and considered a direct link to the masterpiece Pet Sounds album.  It flopped, just slightly ahead of its time.  Another reason I love Glen.

So, it came as bittersweet news to hear that Campbell is going on one final tour.  This isn't the usual showbiz phony retirement announcement.  Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and wants to do this while he still can.  There's something deeply heroic in that effort.

If you like, or love, Campbell, and live near Moncton, NB, here's a chance to go this Friday, Sept. 2.  He's playing Moncton's Casino New Brunswick.  The local folks and my beloved colleagues at CBC Moncton have two pairs of tickets to give away for Information Morning's Facebook friends.   All you have to do is write a post about your favourite Glen Campbell song. Whatever song is your favourite, tell them why. They'll put all the entries in a hat and draw two winners to Friday night's concert. it now, the deadline is NOW!  Thursday, noon Atlantic.  Oh, you'll have to go and be friends with them, so head on over to:

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