Today marks 39 years since the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, TN. I’m an Elvis fan. No one knows that more than my family that has to endure listening to Elvis CDs at my house or me singing Elvis Christmas renditions during the holiday season. (Except my daughter, who secretly enjoys it)
10 years ago, during this blog’s first incarnation, I made an entry, “Long Live The King” expressing my disbelief at the amount of time that had passed since his death. Today, I can’t believe another 10 years has passed. As I get older, my disbelief over his death centers on the waste of his life due to drug addiction. Being a performer, having millions of fans, fame, and fortune have always been dreams of mine. I envy anyone with the talent to sing and play a musical instrument. Talent such as that, should not be diluted, wasted, and squandered by Dilaudid, amphetamines, and injectable Cocaine. But, Elvis saw the stress of fame as so many entertainers that were gone too soon, before him. His life spun out of control and slipped away through his own hands. Accident or otherwise. He leaves us with that as a lesson.
But as a fan today, I celebrate that music, that fame, that talent–and take joy in what the “King of Rock and Roll” left us as a performer.
These are your “Diversions” for the day.
The first is a remix by musician, Junkie XL, and his version of “A Little Less Conversation” from his album, Elvis vs JXL. I like it because it pays homage to the era of the 60s and late 70s and to Elvis’ own film, Jailhouse Rock.
The second is a song that came out in 1987 at the height of national “Elvis sightings” with people reporting that Elvis was still alive and had faked his death. It was a light-hearted, funny tribute to the Elvis fan-craze. Maybe we are all still striving to reach that perfect state of “Elvis-ness”.