Jimmy Webb’s Storytelling Coequals His Music
Jimmy Webb's Stage Door Live concert at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center was pure musical magic!
One of the most revered and loved singer/songwriter of modern times, Jimmy Webb's timeless and favorite songs like :MacArthur Park," "Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up and Away," and "By the Time I Get To Phoenix," to name a few, were perfectly woven into a one-of-a-kind tapestry.
And speaking of perfect, he said the pop music field is filled with less than perfect voices and less than perfect musicians. This "pk," son of a preacher, said if it wasn't for the grace of God, a lot of folks in the industry would be driving a truck instead of singing!
However, his octave changed when he spoke about his very close and dear friend, Glen Campbell, who now suffers from Alzheimer's.
The first record Jimmy Webb ever purchased at 14-years-old was a song he heard on the radio, while out working his dad's Oklahoma farm field, called "Turn Around, Look at Me," by a kid named Glen Campbell.
Webb said he wore out that 45 rpm until it was smooth. He asked the Good Lord if one of these days he could write a song half as good as "Turn Around." It's amazing how far back the connection goes.
Throughout the evening, Webb pieced together his greatest hits with his greatest tales about his encounters with the world's music luminaries.But his heart and thoughts always go back to his buddy, Glen Campbell.
"I'm not sure that people have really given him his rightful due," Webb said. "Glen would tell me that you never want to do a song perfectly because they'll want it that way every damn time. But the truth is, Glen would do it perfect all the time that you'd begin to take it for granted."
Glen Campbell just never did it wrong, and the same can be said of Jimmy Webb. Both of these leading lights define perfection and music purity.