Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell on Grooveshark


Conrad DiDiodato said...

Thanks for the happy 60s childhood, Bob (as only a song like that can instantly bring back)

Happy 4th of July!

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Hi Conrad,

Yes, a beauty, written in 1968 by the great Jimmy Webb as he was driving in rural southwestern Oklahoma with his eyes open (and heart). He saw a lone lineman working a pole out in nowhere and maybe felt more than a little affinity for and with the worker. . . having, supposedly (according to Campbell), gone through a lover's breakup. I believe we do hear about this in the song, and millions of miles more.

A song as current today as yesterday
all's well, Bob

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Oh, by the way, Conrad,

there's more than a few legends at work behind this song, including James Burton (Elvis, Ricky Nelson) on one of the guitars.


Luster said...


I'm risking sounding like the ever present Arkie booster (although I'm from Texas and actually live slightly over the line in Missouri), but I must say that Glen Campbell is another fine product of the Bear/Wonder/Natural State from Delight, Arkansas. I'll say too that that Donovan recording of Derroll Adams's The Mountain knocked me out. I wonder if the song played a role in the creation of Donovan's own There is a Mountain, itself the basis of the Allman Brothers' Mountain Jam. Driving the backroads this morning heading to the college town to record my radio show I followed behind a vehicle from Vermont, a rare thing in these parts. You were of course thus on my mind.

Stay close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mountains connect, Mike!

The Derroll Adams song is as riveting at this moment, as it was when Donovan recorded it, never mind Derroll, long ago. "Infidels" indeed.

Good to hear someone from Vermont was guiding along with you on the way to the radio show. An old green plate?

We always want to hear more and more from the roots of Arkansas, Missouri or Texas — keep it coming.

all's well, Bob