According to an article in Rolling Stone, country superstar Glen Campbell has released the video for his final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” Based on the biography found on Campbell’s website, the singer has continued to record and perform since receiving an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 2011. But, as the Rolling Stone article notes, his condition has progressed, leading to the decision to release a final song. The article continues:
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was penned specifically for the upcoming documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which opens in New York on October 24th with a wide release to follow. The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, U2‘s The Edge, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and many more discussing Campbell’s impact. Campbell was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. The disease has progressed to the point where the Country Music Hall of Fame member was admitted to a special care facility in Nashville in April 2014.
“Sadly, Glen’s condition has progressed enough that we were no longer able to keep him at home,” Campbell’s family wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He is getting fantastic care and we get to see him every day. Our family wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love and support.”
The video intersperses images and clips of Campbell throughout his life, including his brain scans and doctor’s visits. Combined with poignant lyrics like, “I’m still here, but yet I’m gone/I don’t play guitar or sing my songs,” and “It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry/I’m never gonna know what you go through” give a very human face to the disease, and may help reduce stigma and raise awareness. Consider sharing the song with residents, family members, or employees who could relate to these words, or incorporating the video into a support group meeting for dementia.
Watch the entire video below: