Next week Glen Campbell releases a two hour long documentary, titled I'll Be Me, about his career and recent public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Here's the trailer.
I loved Glen Campbell as a child. I still consider "Wichita Lineman" to be my favorite song of all time. I should have gone to see him on his final tour, which is showcased in the documentary, but I just couldn't bring myself to it. A combination of fear in seeing him fail and my own personal dealings with Alzheimer's.
Campbell was more than a pop/country singer and TV star. He played a terrific guitar. He was a member of The Wrecking Crew, the famous session band who played on so many songs in the 1960s. He can be heard on songs by The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and others.
In conjunction with the documentary Campbell also released his final song, poignant down to the title, "I'm Not Going To Miss You".
After the game I told my friend I'm not going to reach out to anyone I know in Pittsburgh. They had stopped harassing me whenever the Steelers would beat the Browns which was a twice a year occurrence. So why would I shoot my mouth off. After all, they beat us in the opening game. But friends from Pittsburgh have been contacting me, saying that they now know how I've felt for far too many years. All I can say is it's about time. Have a great week Cleveland.
I'm in the midst of catching four great Cleveland bands in four consecutive nights. And it sure is fun.
Wednesday night it was Chris Allen & The Guilty Hearts at a private party for executive producers of his new album Everything Changes But The Rodeo where we dined on food catered by Stone Mad, drank beer in the Indigo Imp Brewery (where they played as well) and got a tour of Gotta Groove Records, where the vinyl album was being pressed.
Last night I saddled up to my favorite bar stool at The Happy Dog for a second Thursday of the month ritual. That is, to see The New Soft Shoe, a Gram Parsons cover band who traveled down to Waycross, Georgia (Gram's hometown) a couple of weeks back to play for their annual GP fest.
Tonight I head to the Greenville Inn to see the last show of the year by Jack Fords, one of the premier rock bands in Cleveland with a repetoire of original music that can't be beat. And word is a new album will finally be coming out in early 2015.
Finally, on Saturday night I'll be at Smedley's to see Kathleen Turner Overdrive, a cover band that plays deep tracks. The first time I caught them they opened the set with "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" by The Monkees and then went into The Who's first attempt at a rock opera, "A Quick One". I was sold.
Oh, and then there's that Browns vs. Steelers game on Sunday.
Some of my go to internet radio stations are on the BBC. That would include 6 Music (indie and adult album alternative), Radio 2 (adult contemporary), Radio 1 (top 40) and Radio 3 (classical). The DJs, or presenters as they're known in the UK, are always talented and entertaining, something American corporate radio has decided we don't need. And their joy and interest of the music they play is infectious.
I'll admit that part of this is due to the fact that British citizens pay a tax that goes directly to the BBC. They don't have to concern themselves with appealing to the lowest common denominator. But guess what? It doesn't stop people from listening. A lesson should be learned.
Yesterday the BBC launched their new music website, BBC Music, with as an impressive a fanfare as you could imagine. Reminiscent of "Do They Know It's Christmas" and "We Are The World" they recorded and filmed a fantasy-filled, star-studded rendition of The Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows". The song includes vocals by Brian Wilson (of course), Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, One Direction, Pharrell, Chris Martin, Sam Smith and many others. It's led by the BBC Concert Orchestra.