Always gentle on your mind

“Love in the real world is a mixture of the magical and the mundane, and the two never intersected more beautifully than in this Jim Webb classic.” — Me, after proposing a Valentine’s Day mixtape.

As Webb himself will tell you, it’s as much the singer as the song. And for “Wichita Lineman,” he got exactly the singer he needed:

Of course, Glen Campbell was so singular a singer that we tended to forget his virtuosity on the guitar: they’d didn’t let just anyone into the Wrecking Crew. And if you happened to flip over his 1977 cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights,” you got to hear him try his hand at Gioacchino Rossini:

And then there was that time he sounded nothing like himself and still demanded your attention:

Now I ask you: who else from Arkansas ever did Italian overtures and musique concrète in the same lifetime?

It was, alas, a lifetime that ended in confusion and bewilderment. Two weeks ago, this heartbreakingly apt video appeared:

“Adiós” was recorded in 2015, a couple of years before the final curtain. Take a bow, sir.





7 comments »

  1. McG »

    9 August 2017 · 10:49 am

    If I only owned two of his songs they’d be “Wichita Lineman” and “Gentle On My Mind”.

  2. Roger O Green »

    9 August 2017 · 1:09 pm

    Damn, I love Wichita Cowboy, esp 1 couplet.

  3. McG »

    9 August 2017 · 2:26 pm

    Even just the song’s pacing is evocative.

  4. The Other McCain »

    9 August 2017 · 9:03 pm

    In The Mailbox: 08.09.17

    Dustbury: Always Gentle On Your Mind

  5. guinspen »

    10 August 2017 · 12:53 pm

    Godspeed, Glen.

    Gentle On My Mind

  6. nightfly »

    10 August 2017 · 4:04 pm

    I am more familiar with Dean Martin’s version of Gentle on My Mind, with its jaunty horn riffs, but Campbell’s work is amazing. I’ve been geeking out over his virtuosity on YouTube for the past few days.

  7. Glen Campbell, legendary singer and guitarist | Ramblin' with Roger »

    12 August 2017 · 7:04 am

    […] Dustbury links, including Adios, recorded in 2015 but released in July […]

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