Glen Campbell Inspired Me From Day 1

posted by Jim O'Hara - 

Picture this: I'm not quite 19 years old and just starting my first job in the business I'd only dreamed of being able to get into...radio broadcasting.  Now on the air in a small town in southern Wisconsin, I cue up the '45 rpm record (#daysofvinyl) of my first song: "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell.  

It could not been more appropriate.

"And I dream of the things I'll do with a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe. There'll be a load of compromisin'. On the road to my horizon. But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me.Like a rhinestone cowboy. Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo. Rhinestone cowboy. Gettin' cards and letters from people I don't even know. And offers comin' over the phone.Like a rhinestone cowboy. Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.Like a rhinestone cowboy. Gettin' card and letters from people I don't even know...

OK, in the past 42 years I've not yet ridden a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.

But my point is...what you sing...what you say to others...can inspire beyond what you'd ever expect. Inspire others. Be positive.

Glen Campbell inspired a young me. And I am forever grateful. Rest in peace Glen, and thank you.

Jim O'Hara

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