So many have passed away since the beginning of this year.
My father in law was a musician. He never became famous, but he loved music and played several instruments. Besides playing in a band, he gave guitar lessons as a second job while supporting a wife and their four children. The brother of one of his then-young students was the realtor when my mother in law sold her house in order to downsize last year.
I, on the other hand, never have taken a music lesson. I play no instruments. I sang in my elementary school choir for two years, but I never pursued singing. I do, however, enjoy listening to music.
This week, a music legend in the United States Prince, passed away. Musicians all over the world mourn loss of one of the most talented musicians of the 20th and 21st century. But unlike other artists I've paid tribute to during the run of my Music Mondays (which may or may not return after the Blogging from A to Z Challenge concludes Saturday), Prince kept tight control over his music. There are only a limited number of videos available on You Tube.
Not so for singer Glen Campbell, who turned 80 last week.
With tremendous courage, 80 year old country singer Glen Campbell shared his five year battle with Alzheimer's with his public.
Here, he gives an interview.
No more interviews will be given by Glen Campbell - we are told he can no longer speak. He no longer knows what a guitar is used for. He is in the seventh and final stage of Alzheimer's - where the person forgets how to eat, and can no longer tell that he or she is thirsty.
Alzheimer's is one of the most feared illnesses - there are other dread diseases but they don't take away the essence of us - what makes us us - our memories, our delights, our ability to enjoy family and friends - the way Alzheimer's and other dementias do.
None of us know how much longer Glen Campbell will be with us. So, as an early tribute, I wanted to post my favorite song of his: Wichita Lineman.
As you listen to this song, imagine a lonely lineman, up on a pole on a deserted stretch of highway (I lived, years ago, in Wichita, Kansas and Wichita Fall, Texas, so this part is easy for me), wanting so much to be home.
Sometimes, the simplest song conveys so much. Glen Campbell knew how to sing it.
When he passes, and it is only a matter of time, millions will miss him, just as millions miss Prince Rogers Nelson.
How many more talents will we lose this year?
"W" day on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge