One of the most catastrophic ailments that created a lot of written and unwritten stories is Alzheimer’s disease. This condition occurs when proteins called amyloid and tau build up in the brain. They cause abnormal function of the nerve cells that cause the interference of thinking and memory. Families, relationships, and lives in different parts of the world have been radically affected each time a member of a family u, unfortunately, suffer from this kind of disease.
In the country music realm, we’ve got some heart-wrenching stories on Alzheimer’s disease. Most of us are familiar with Glen Campbell and his struggle with Alzheimer’s during the last years of his life. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and suffered for six years. But before he paved goodbye to this world, he recorded a song dedicated to people he would leave. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is noted to be his last single released.
Campbell co-wrote the track with producer Julian Raymond. The disease has already started affecting the country legend in 2014, the year they recorded the song. The song was recorded over four takes within one day.
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
The song came into place one day when Campbell had a heart to heart talk with Raymond about his disease. He lamented over the people’s reaction about his diagnosis. He reasons that he won’t be the one to actually suffer, after all, he won’t miss any one after he dies. Raymond kept a journal of the things Campbell said, and later on became the basis for the song’s lyrics.
A dedicated musician he was, Campbell helped on the input of the words and melody. As a result, the song ended to be capturing Campbell’s ephemeral thoughts as his memory started to fail. He particularly addressed a part of the song to his wife, Kim Woollen:
You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all
I’m not gonna miss you
In an interview, Woollen expressed her grief to her husband’s death.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear. On the other side, he’s saying, ‘Don’t worry about me. I’m gonna be OK. You’re the one who’s gonna have a hard time.’ And it’s true because he doesn’t know the pain we’re going through. It is heartbreaking every single day. Sometimes, I’m really depressed.”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” received a Grammy award, and was also used as the soundtrack for the “I’ll Be Me” documentary that feature’s Cambell’s life.