Directed by James Keach, the clip is a portrait of Campbell’s great career and his life away from music. But it’s tempered by images of the treatment he’s undergone for his debilitating, destructive brain disease. There’s an emotional impact to the words and vision of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” that’ll remind many of Johnny Cash’s take on “Hurt.”
Right from the outset, the ballad drills into the country legend’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Campbell doesn’t have much time left. His song opens with the lyric, “I’m still here but yet I’m gone. I don’t play guitar or sing my song. It never defined who I am, the man who loves you till the end.”
Campbell recorded “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” in January 2013 with producer Julian Raymond for the soundtrack to the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The Band Perry and Glen’s daughter Ashley Campbell are also featured on the five-song EP release, which drops ahead of the film’s Oct. 24 opening date.
Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and more music legends appear in I’ll Be Me to pay tribute to the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer.
The 78-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and he was moved into a long-term care facility earlier this year. Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The veteran performer has sold more than 45 million albums over the course of his career.