Among my very first record purchases (or maybe it was a gift from a cousin) was a Glen Campbell album that had Wichita Lineman and Dreams of the Everyday Housewife on it.
He was big in the States at that moment. I had just arrived from India with absolutely no idea of TV or American pop culture. And Glen Campbell had his own show and was all over the radio. I related to him in a way that made sense to my 11 year old boyish soul. His hair was combed to the side but neatly over the years, not hanging over them like the ‘hippies’. For a couple of years he was my unconscious hair-do role model. His voice was ordinary which was nice…none of this freakish screaming ala Jim Morrison. And, amazingly, I related to his songs.
Dream of the Everyday Housewife for some reason particularly made sense to me. Maybe because my mom was alone much of that year as Dad drove around the country drumming up support from churches for us to continue to live in India. But the sense of longing , of feeling that perhaps I’ve made the wrong choice, has my boat sailed without me, were feelings I’ve been haunted by throughout my life.
One thing I didn’t know at the time was that Mr. Campbell had already paid his dues in the music industry. Or rather, he’d been paid MANY MILLIONS of dues. He had been a tremendously successful session guitarist pulling in thousands of dollars a day back when a good annual salary hovered around $12,000. Sadly, on his records, including the one we share today, his skill as a picker is deeply hidden. A real pity.
So to start or end your day let’s recall the great Mr Glen Campbell who is still with us but only just. He’s gravely ill and I’m sure would appreciate some of our good thoughts, wherever they might come from.
01 Rhinestone Cowboy
02 Both Sides Now
03 By The Time I Get To Phoenix
04 Gentle On My Mind
05 Too Many Mornings
06 Wichita Lineman
07 One Last Time
08 Don’t Pull Your Love_Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
09 Reason To Believe
10 It’s Only Make Believe
11 Honey Come Back
12 Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling
14 Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife
15 The Last Thing On My Mind
16 Where’s The Playground, Susie
17 Try A Little Kindness
18 Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)
19 All I Have To Do Is Dream (With Bobbie Gentry)
20 Amazing Grace