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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Not So Dumb After All


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Here's some of what Glen Campbell had to say:

"The Beach Boys cut 'Guess I'm Dumb' for an album ['California Girls'], and all of a sudden, Brian said, 'I don't like it.' He thought I'd want it, because I was also on Capitol. Now I wish I hadn't done it, because it was probably two tones higher than my voice. That was the end of my high range. But, hey, it was a good record, something different. Brian Wilson would sit and tinker with things for hours and hours on end. He was a genius. Tears came into my eyes the last time I talked with him in that era. I don't know what he was doing, but it sure had an effect on him."

"Django Reinhardt had total freedom. He didn't follow any pattern whatsoever. That's what knocked me out. See, Jimmy [Webb] writes songs I like because the melody is great, the range is great and the chord progressions are beyond incredible. Sometimes it reminds me of all those Hot Club of France [which Reinhardt formed with violinist Stephane Grappelli] tunes that were written before 1936. Reinhardt was awesome."

Steel player Ray Norn "was one of those mad musicians, into everything. He built a six-string steel guitar where you could bend each string up or down a tone. And it was on rollers! And he had all the Django Reinhardt stuff on wire recorders. This was in the middle 1950s, and I never heard anybody play like that. You never knew what was going to happen next."

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