Glen Campbell I'll Be Me: Soundtrack - Various Artists on LP
Music from the Critically Celebrated Documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
Featuring the Oscar Nominated & Grammy Winning Song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Co-Written by Campbell & Producer Julian Raymond
Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me is an epic human drama that intimately follows Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and the completion of his farewell tour. Chronicling the story of love, laughter, resilience and power of song, this film shows how against all odds, America’s greatest Country star would not give up. It was directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day).
The soundtrack from the film is composed of songs that capture the myriad facets of an Arkansas traveller who became a first call Los Angeles session player, toured with the Beach Boys and recorded one of ASCAP’s Most Played Songs – “Gentle on My Mind” – of all time. Whether it was his Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which ran for four seasons, True Grit, also starring John Wayne, or his collaborations with Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”), the maple-coated tenor has broken ground and maintained a sense of artistry regardless of the medium he was working in.
For the soundtrack to Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, the translational reality of his music is evident in various representations of the songs that have become a part of the American musical lexicon. The 10 track compilation is a witness to how music transcends moments, time and limitations – and exists in the hearts of all who embrace it.
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” the Grammy winner for “Best Country Song,” and Oscar-nominated for “Best Original Song,” is the heart-breaking final song of a career that’s spanned pop, country and adult contemporary. A heart-tugging portrait of what it means to recede into Alzheimer’s, buoyed by the Beach Boys’ harmonies and anchored by the echo-of-time piano chords, is an acknowledgement of the reality to come. Unflinching in its recognition of what’s lost, an elegiac dignity to being honest about the numb fills the void of memory.
Said Deadline of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” “The sequence in the film where Campbell is reunited in the recording studio with The Wrecking Crew, the group of legendary musicians with whom he played on so many classic recordings in the 1950s and ’60s, is particularly touching as they lay down the tracks for what would turn out to be Campbell’s last song ever.”
“Gentle On My Mind” finds break-out young superstars The Band Perry considering the tug of being gone that colors John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind.” Kimberly Perry’s smoky alto – breathy over a finger-banjo and the bend of a steel guitar - balances the yearning for what’s gone with the lure of what’s beyond the next horizon to reflect Campbell’s own innocent grasp of love and rambling that defined a generation almost a half century ago.
“Home Again” finds Campbell’s daughter Ashley comfortably filling her father’s place as a reassuring presence, weaving acoustic instruments with a vocal warmth that is acceptance of life on its terms and the embrace of the good things found along the way. Her brightness suggests the same sense of being present in the moment that made her father the voice of people coming into their own during the turbulent ‘70s and into the ‘80s.
“Remembering” is also performed Ashley as a tribute to her father. He has been a constant in her life, and for as long as she can remember, they have shared countless moments that only she can now recall. “Daddy don’t you worry, I’ll do the remembering” she sings highlighting the fact that her relationship with him in the future will likely only be based on special memories of the past.
“All I Need Is You” is another tribute to the love that Glen has for his wife and dedicated partner, Kim Campbell. It is an honest reflection of her never-ending support and constant companionship. His vocals are almost desperate with love and truly reflect the passion and appreciation that he feels for her.
“The Long Walk Home” expresses his understanding of the disease and how he is finally ready to accept his “long walk home.” It is devastating, yet inspiring. This icon acknowledges what the future holds with the Alzheimer’s progression, but he has found peace with it. The harmony is breathtaking and the lyrics even more so.
“Wichita Lineman” (Live from the Ryman) is a tremendous testament to the indelible place music holds in Campbell’s soul. Already well into Alzheimer’s grasp, he not only acknowledges Webb’s writing prowess, the multiple Grammy-winner brings a weathered truth to enduring the distance between where he must be and the one he loves. As the pathos of the vocal strikes listeners, Campbell’s guitar-playing rises from the tracks, stunning with an emotional twining of notes and tension on the strings that conveys even more pain than his vocal – only to finish with a soaring final profession of endurance on the song’s protestation of “I’m doing fine.”
“A Better Place” (Live From The Ryman) is the song from that historic Ryman concert that sums up Campbell’s life in 2:38 minutes. A bit of philosophy, a string of details, a few insights into his current state of being, the gently strummed song of fidelity to his family, the admission of his need to lean on them and the acceptance of love existing beyond traditional definitions lends a sense of the things that truly matter.
Glen Campbell I'll Be Me: Soundtrack Track Listing:
1. I’m Not Gonna Miss You / Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew
2. Gentle On My Mind (Documentary Version) / The Band Perry
3. Remembering / Ashley Campbell
4. All I Need Is You / Glen Campbell
5. The Long Walk Home / Glen Campbell
6. Wichita Lineman (Live from Ryman Auditorium) / Glen Campbell
7. A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium) / Glen Campbell
8. Gentle On My Mind (Single Version) / The Band Perry
9. Home Again / Ashley Campbell
10. I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Single Version) / Glen Campbell