Glen Campbell's heartbreaking ode to his wife and fans gets recognition from an unlikely source

It’s not supposed to be a sad song necessarily. It’s actually meant to be a man’s final words to his adoring public, words still able to come directly from his mouth and his heart, words that will never have more meaning than they do at this very moment.

So try not to cry, because he won’t.

In an ode to his family, friends and fans about his struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease, country music legend Glen Campbell recorded his GRAMMY nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” last year as a musical centerpiece for his critically praised documentary “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” which follows the icon on his final tour.

Since then, however, the song has taken on a life of its own, including Thursday morning, when it was announced that the song had been nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Arts & Sciences in the category of Best Original Song.

“Thank you so much to the Academy voters,” explained musician, producer and writer of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” Julian Raymond in a press release.

“This is beyond a dream. I remember my father taking me to the movies to see True Grit as a child. I loved that song and the film featuring the amazing Glen Campbell. To think all these years later I have been able to develop a great friendship and to create new music with Glen is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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