Knowing that I risk the wrath of the Elvis faithful, let me honest and upfront with something. I just don’t get Elvis Presley. I can now say that after spending three hours at Graceland I get Elvis better than I did before. And before all you Elvis fans start firing off “comments” to me I will say that after the tour and seeing all the great things Elvis did outside of music and movies there is a much higher level of admiration than there was before the tour.
I have to admit the Elvis music I’ve heard has been good, but nothing that would lead me to the level of fanaticism that I’ve seen over the year. What I did glean from walking around was that the best of Elvis’ music may not have been the songs he is most famous for. I did come away from the tour appreciating his “voice” much more than I did before walking the grounds at Graceland.
My expectation of Graceland was far different than what Graceland actually was. I had expectations of seeing lots of oddities during my tour. Not the actual tour but with the other tour participants. I expected, and if I’m honest I had hoped, to see lots of crazy Elvis hair, sunglasses, capes and spandex. You know something along the lines of a Star Trek convention but with Elvis fans instead of Mr. Spock fans. But I didn’t see one…not one … Elvis impersonator. Instead I witnessed a deep seated love for a man, singer and movie star. They weren’t strange at all.
I guess I’m going to need to find the time to learn more about Elvis Presley. Listen to some music and maybe I can better understand what it all means. And Elvis had to be a good guy. He had one of these:
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