Dave Clark / Geoff Thurman / Michael Puryear
This song was recorded by Glen Campbell and the story is not so much about the writing of the song as much as the man who sang it. Like the rest of the country, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Glen Campbell. He was one of those timeless musicians whose music deeply impacted generation after generation.
As a young kid trying to learn to play guitar, I was mesmerized by how simple he made it look and I was determined to see if I could try and emulate it. As you might expect, like many others, I came up far short of the standard he set. A couple of years ago we were fortunate enough to be at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to hear one of his final public performances. The dreadful disease he battled was already evident as he struggled to remember lyrics to songs he had sung for decades. When he played guitar however, it was as if he suffered no effects whatsoever. He was completely in his element... and so was I!
Although I never got to meet him, several years back he recorded a gospel album and I was blessed to have a song I had co-written make the project. I try to keep things in perspective when it comes to things like that but I have to confess... When I first heard the recording, if you had been anywhere near me, you would have probably heard me say out loud - "Yeah... That’s Glen Campbell singing my words." I will lay my life down. For in Christ I have found...Something to die for...