Sunday 1 February 2015

Show me a sign

Jimmy Webb gave Glen Campbell three geographically themed monster hits in the sixties that, to this day, remain Campbell's legacy: Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. Campbell, the original Rhinestone Cowboy and one time Beach Boy, now suffers with Dementia and will probably never sing them again.

I had these songs in my head when I woke up this morning, so this week's canvases practically painted themselves.

Before Johnny Cash bowed out in 2003, as part of his Rick Rubin produced series of American albums, he recorded, for me, the definitive version of Wichita Lineman.


  1. You painted these just today? That's some work rate. I like them a lot. As for 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' it's a close call but I'll go with Glen. Jimmy has done some good versions himself. Have heard Glen' s single (you can find it on my blog)? Utterly heartbreaker.

    1. Jimmy realised quite early on in his career that his voice was not the best voice to promote his songs.

      Have you heard Campbell's version of Times Like These by The Foo Fighters? I think it beats the original.

  2. So many typos in the above comment I feel ashamed. I never check these things.

  3. It is a very tough call, both Glen and Johnny's takes of the song are such magnificent things. Those canvases are great too. Keep 'em comin'.

  4. Yes, more lovely canvases! Do you think you might be able to exhibit them all at a local music emporium some time? I'm sure they'd go down well.