The 2015 Oscars was a memorable event, indeed, honoring the most acclaimed movies over the past year, as well as giving nods to the music that supplemented those films. One of those songs recognized by the Academy was country great Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from his documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
The documentary chronicles Campbell’s final tour, all the while following him through the progression of Alzheimer’s. The Oscar-nominated “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” penned by Campbell and Julian Raymond, is reflective, focusing on the slow, albeit steady, toll the disease takes on its victims, ultimately resting on the silver lining: “And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you.”
Campbell has been living in an assisted care facility for most of the last year, and his wife, Kim, has stated that he will never perform in public again. On hand to do the honors on Campbell’s behalf was Tim McGraw, who called the track “a powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry.” McGraw took the Oscars stage, clad in a black tuxedo and cowboy hat, sat on a stool, and, with an understatedly beautiful performance, stole the show.
Though “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” did not take home the coveted Oscar (the award went to John Legend’s and Common’s “Glory”), Campbell’s emotional piece received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song earlier this month.