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This tune was the last song penned by an iconic artist before he slipped into the dark abyss of Alzheimer’s disease.

His career has spanned six decades where he started as a solo act, played guitar for The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds, won four Grammy’s for two country songs, hosted his own television show, released many tunes that ascended to No. 1 on the singles charts, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and recorded with Paul Westerberg, Billy Corgan and Chris Isaak.

When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, he embarked on his “Goodbye Tour” that would include three of his children joining his backup band. The journey was memorialized in a documentary called I’ll Be Me and this single was recorded for the film.

The tune was and written and recorded for his documentary but, it is so much more than just a backdrop for the silver screen. It’s a story of his fears as his family disappears from his view. It’s a story of his fears for his family as he slowly disappears from their view. It’s a story about the slow disintegration towards a life that has no hope for anything other than death to release all from it’s agonizing pain.

In April of 2014, this artist was admitted into a long term care and treatment facility where he resides today. While his memory remains for us all, it doesn’t for him.

Reflect on his final song …

I’m still here, but yet I’m gone
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end

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
I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you

I’m never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You’re never gonna see it in my eyes
It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry

I’m never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains

I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you

I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

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