Glen Campbell sang some great songs in his day, which was part of your day, if you were coming of age into music in the 1960s. Though he is better known for By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and Witchita Lineman, my favorite was Hey Little One simply because Lori Abramson and I were up all ’til 5 AM circa 1968 talking about God-knows-what in the days when it was conceivable in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia that one could sit outdoors and have a conversation deep into the night just for the sake of conversation.
And now Glen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, making the lyrics from Gentle on My Mind all the more poignant:
And it’s knowin’ I’m not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind