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Old 08-08-2017, 10:26 PM   #1
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Sad that Glen Campbell died, but he was really already gone anyway.

We are playing Rhinestone Cowboy at this Saturday's gig. Wichita Lineman is too complex for us to wing without any rehearsal.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:57 PM   #2
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Sad that Glen Campbell died, but he was really already gone anyway.

We are playing Rhinestone Cowboy at this Saturday's gig. Wichita Lineman is too complex for us to wing without any rehearsal.
I looked up the chords for Wichita Lineman to see what you meant and came across this description of the song. Interesting how they compare the words, the person in the song and the music as all having the same feel.

Why did such an unlikely song become a standard? There are many reasons, but here’s one: the loneliness of that solitary prairie figure is not just present in the lyric, it’s built into the musical structure. Although the song is nominally in the key of F, after the tonic chord is stated in the intro it is never heard again in its pure form, with the root in the bass. The melody travels through a series of haunting changes that are considerably more sophisticated than the Top 40 radio norms of that era. The song never does get “home” again to the tonic – not in either verse, nor in the fade-out. This gorgeous musical setting suggests subliminally what the lyric suggests poetically: the lonely journeyman, who remains suspended atop that telephone pole, against that desolate prairie landscape, yearning for home.
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I don't know Rhinestone Cowboy, but I noticed what the bold was saying when I learned,not Glen Campbell's version of Wichita Lineman, but Johnny A.'s much more jazzy version. It never went back to F....not at least the major chord which is not featured in J.A.'s version.
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