Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Elvis!


Today is Elvis Presley's birthday. He would have been 74 years old today. Wow. Is it just me, or is it impossible to imagine Elvis being 74???

My sister and I grew up listening to his music. Our mom is, simply put, an Elvis fanatic. Apparently, it's genetic because I am STILL a huge Elvis fan!! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Elvis. His music is like nothing else I have ever heard. Elvis Presley and his music are woven into my childhood memories like a silver, sparkling web. My mom likes to tell people that my sister and I were rocked to "Love Me Tender" rather than "Rock-A-Bye-Baby!!"

One of my favorite childhood memories is from when I was about 5 years old. My mom, the saint that she is, took my sister and I to an Elvis concert in Baton Rouge!!!!!!!!! Before the concert began, I can remember her FIRMLY telling us that there would be no bathroom trips during the concert, no going to get a drink or anything else during the concert. No problem, Mom!!! The excitement of the concert and seeing Elvis with my own eyes and hearing his voice live is something I will always remember! What an incredible show!!!!

Honestly, I'd be hard pressed to believe that there is any other musician around today who has as much raw, pure vocal talent as Elvis had. He truly had a gift and his music touched so many people's lives. His music has influenced so many of today's singers. Not to mention the fact that the man was HOT.

I mean H-O-T!! I still get the "giggly teenage girl" feeling when I watch him on TV, DVD, etc. Man oh man!!!!!!!!!

We have quite a collection of Elvis music around here, and even my boys love to listen to it!! Third generation Elvis fans!!! (See, I told you it is genetic!)

Happy Birthday Elvis!! You may be gone, but you are certainly NOT forgotten.


Michelle said...

I think there is going to be some sort of special on tonight about his birthday. I'll have to check the guide and let you know. I can't think of anyone I know who doesn't like atleast some of his music. I have the CD with his hits on it. My favorite songs by him to this day are In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds.

You and Lauren are lucky that y'all were able to attend that concert with your mom. I'm fascinated by his life story. Lisa Marie could be his twin in my opinion.

I remember I was in Shriner's Hospital the day he died. I'll never forget hearing it on the news.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

There are some programs on tonight - I know for sure on TVLand.

You know, it just is a curious thing to be about these people who you just can't imagine getting old - Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Princess Diana - not ever getting to be old...

I added to our plans for tonight - we're going to have peanut butter & banana sandwhiches too!!!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Dawn said...

I have an award for you on my blog :-)

Lauren said...

I LOVVVVVVVVED this post!! I have always loved me some Elvis! I remember when we were little, dreaming of being his back up singers one day! (And singing along with Mom's 8 tracks in the car at the top of our lungs!! It was so ironic that we were in Tennessee when he died. That was a sad, sad day in our family! Happy Birtday Elvis!!!

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