TodayApril 15, 2022

The Wrecking Crew, I’ll be me – Netflix

The Songminute man and Glen Campbell

One of the most inspirational posts that I am following on Facebook is a Father-Son duo called A Songaminute man. The Father has Alzheimer’s, and the Son has figured out that the Father does best when he is singing. Simon McDermott loves his Dad, but his Father doesn’t always know that or even know that Simon is his Son. It is an inspirational story of a family that loves each other.

Like the rest of the world or at least half of it, I am always looking for a good movie to watch. This year I am focusing on inspirational movies or feel-good movies. A friend recommended the Wrecking Crew. The Wrecking Crew is a Musical documentary playing on Netflix. The movie was produced by Denny Tedesco, through a Kickstarter program. It taught me about some of the great session musicians of the 60s and 70s; Ted Tedesco and a really cool female guitar/bass player named Carol Kaye. I also found out that Glen Campbell was a session guitarist in The Wrecking Crew.

After I finished the Wrecking Crew Netflix brought up some movies I might be interested in, one of them was I’ll be me starring Glenn Campbell. I’ll be me is a heartwrenching inspiring movie made around the same time Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The title of the movie tells everything; Campbell’s wife, Kim, is telling Glenn they are going to make a movie about him. He wants to know who is going to play him, even though it is evident they have discussed the film, “You are going to play you” she said, and his quip back is profound, “I’ll be me.”

It goes through the trials and tribulations of Campbell’s decline the family tries to live out a life of memories with Campbell’s fans. The movie features such fans and celebrities as Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban The audience is a big part of this emotional, poignant story of love and music.

The most endearing part of the movie is at the end when Campbell is losing his short-term memory but remembers people from his past. The last song he sings is produced with some of the remaining members of The Wrecking Crew. The song title is I’m not gonna miss you with one lyric being, I’m still here, but yet I’m gone.

Watch the Wrecking Crew, and then the movie I’ll be Me.

Do you have movies you would recommend that are inspirational?

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.