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Stuff the Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell

Who am I?  Who cares?  Good questions.  It's my site, so I'm going to tap into a Friday once in a awhile by telling you more about who I am - via a "Stuff I Like" series.  Nothing too serious, just exploring the micro-niche that resides at the base of all of our lives.  Potshots encouraged in the comments.

That's right. Every time I hear this song, I think it's gold.  Glen Campbell and Drake are the best lyric-writers ever, although maybe someone else penned the lyrics to their songs.

Drake provided, "Last name Ever, first name Greatest, Like a sprained ankle boy, I ain't nothin' to play with", and you thought that was gold.

Glen Campbell broke off the following in Rhinestone Cowboy:

"Like a rhinestone cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don't even know
And offers comin' over the phone"

Word.

I'm into it today because I was talking to a candidate earlier - and when I asked her how the search was going, she said she was getting calls and offers.  I immediately asked her if those offers were coming over the phone. 

The silence was uncomfortable.

Screw it, I was entertained.  See the video below from 1975 (click through if you're viewing the email). If I ever do a conference, we'll sing this like they sing "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox games.  And we'll automotically feel closer as a result.  

#sharedexperience #viaRhinstoneCowboy

Comments

Ashley White

Thank you for the trip down memory road! Didn't even remember that they had "videos" back then! Gotta love the 70's...

DeNeil

And I thought my taste in music was diverse.... Happy Friday, indeed.

Robyn Whalen

Kris,

The email notice for your posts come every afternoon, just when my apres-lunch nap starts to sneak in. I can count on you to wake me up by making me think, or making me laugh, or (like today) simply providing brain candy - that little taste of something silly and delightful! I love(d) Glenn Campbell, and the connection you drew from a candidate comment to a random song lyric totally made my afternoon. Thank you! If you ever do a conference, count me in: I will sing Rhinestone Cowboy with you.

MattL

Oh man, I've gotten that silence (and blank looks) so many times I've lost count. I think anyone with the Clavinism marker suffers those silences (hope I didn't just go too Dennis Miller on everyone.

Glen's guitar playing is underrated.
Check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSyTK-CdRTc
At about 1:34 he's really wearing it out.
You don't get to play with the Royal Philharmonic just because you've got nice hair. William Tell was the B-side for the Southern Nights single. Also see him do dueling banjos with Carl Jackson.
He also played some guitar on Pet Sounds.

With regards to lyrics, he didn't write several (most?) of his hits. Jimmy Webb wrote: Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and Wichita Lineman.

Happy Friday,
--Matt

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