Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Day the Music Died
In high school, I was obsessed with him and the weird thing is I don't ever remember being exposed to him by anyone in my family. My mom was born at the height of his popularity so she wasn't into him, same with dad. I don't think my grandparents cared for him one way or the other. But when you reach the point where you're not just a singer but an icon, you're just everywhere.
When I think of Elvis, I think of him looking the way he does above. He'll always be late 50's Elvis in my mind but you know I'll never turn down the leather clad 1968 Comeback Elvis either. Hominah-hominah-hominah!
I loved so many songs he sang but some of my favorites were I Got Stung, Good Luck Charm, Too Much, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Bossanova Baby, King Creole and Suspicious Minds. Basically anything gospel sounds like it's sung straight from the mouth of heaven. Obviously mixing Christmas and Elvis is high on my list of bliss. Before my in-laws moved away, Dad gave me some of his Elvis albums and my MIL gave me a postcard she'd received as part of his fan club for Christmas. They obviously knew I'd take care of them being a fan.
Last night, we watched a bit of the vigil from Graceland. I want to go to Elvis week in January some time because this heat-a-phobe isn't committing to Memphis in August. But it made me miss it. We've been to Graceland twice and Elvis fan or not, it's a magical place to be. It's kept just as he left it so if you are looking to go in a time capsule, this is it. Definitely pay for the VIP experience, it was worth it.
Thank you Elvis for your talent, your generosity, your Southern manners and a legacy that cannot be matched.
Are you an Elvis fan? What are your favorite songs?
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