We lost a legend this week. Country singer, husband, and father, Glen Campbell passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday.
Known for hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Wichita Lineman,” the country legend was open about his battle with the disease that affects an estimated 5.5 million people in the U.S. alone. In 2011, together with his family, Glen announced his diagnosis but made a promise to fans: he would go on one last tour.
Joined by his daughter, Ashley, also a singer-songwriter, Glen showed the country what kind of musician he truly was.
While on tour, Glen needed a teleprompter to remember lyrics he’d been singing for decades, but his guitar skills never faded. Doctor Ronald Petersen was Glen’s physician and said this about his ability to push through the struggles and focus on the positives:
What that tells us is maybe we shouldn’t dwell on what we cannot do because of the disease, but focus on what we still can do.
The family went on to be even more open about how they dealt with Glen’s disease, creating a documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” which was released in 2014. The hope was to help other families who were facing similar struggles.
But long before Glen was diagnosed with the debilitating disease, he chose to put a cover of the Foo Fighters’ song “Times Like These” into his 2008 album, “Meet Glen Campbell.”
Today, the lyrics are especially poignant.
It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again
The song talks about pushing through the hardest of times because that’s when you learn to live and love again, to truly appreciate the small things in life. At that time, he still had one of the biggest battles of his life ahead. When the time came, he probably took some of what he learned from this very song to keep moving forward, living and loving.
The proof of this is shown in the responses both celebrities and his own family had to his passing. This touching tribute was posted by his daughter on Tuesday:
Share this post if you loved Glen’s music or know of someone who is struggling through a rough patch. Perhaps this will help them learn to live and love again.