Sunday, July 19, 2009

Being Inspired by Others

Elvis doesn't sing a single note but there are other things evident here: his humility and heartfelt beliefs. And what conviction and passion he possessed!

Can you imagine Mick Jagger, for example, with such conviction and passion to introduce an a'cappella gospel number amid screaming fans throwing panties?

Presley is the King of Rock and Roll and a god for more than one reason. A pin drop could be heard in the audience. Listen...



"Thank you, Father. Thank you (to the Stamps) Beautiful."

--Elvis Presley

12 comments:

rebecca said...

I still remember the day he died, where I was and what I was wearing. It was such a shock. I grew up watching his movies and listening to all of his songs. I loved to hear him sing gospel and to this day one of my favorite songs is This Rugged Cross. I introduced the song to a young coworker who loves Christian/Gospel music and she had no clue who he was! Ah, youth....so much to learn. I fear their knowledge of musical history is so limited.

Gorgeous song and what a perfect one for today.

Marion said...

Judith, he truly was the KING of Rock & Roll. I can't even begin to imagine any other entertainer doing this. Mama loves Elvis (she's from Mississippi, too,) and I recall as a child her playing Elvis 45's on a little record player and dancing around with my cousins, me and my sisters.

Thank you for posting this. It was heart healing. Blessing!!

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

One of the benefits of living in Little Rock is it's proximity to Memphis...blues music, BBQ, and Graceland. Elvis was indeed a special and remarkable talent.

It's kind of strange in a way the way Elvis and Micheal's lives share many similarities. Two great talents gone far to soon.

Anonymous said...

In 100 years, the rock king won't be elvis.
It will be Chuck Berry.

Judith Ellis said...

Isn't it amazing what a generation makes, Rebecca? But with youtube young people are really getting a great dose of the music of yesteryears. My nieces and nephews have been inundated with old school music of all genres all of their lives. My five and eight year old nieces and nephews new the music of Michael Jackson well.

Judith Ellis said...

Nice memories, Marion. I am glad to hear that the post was a blessing to you. Hugs.

Judith Ellis said...

Dave - I have never been to Graceland, but I would like to go. Elvis has long be an inspiration. Yes, there are connections between Michael Jackson and Elvis and the fact that they left so soon is so sad.

Judith Ellis said...

Chuck Berry is the King of Kings of Rock and Roll and all of the great rock and rollers know and acknowledge this. I've written a post about Berry and mentioned him in other posts here too. He was an innovator for sure. Thanks for that great mention, Anon.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

A trip to Graceland is to be transported back in time to the 60's...infinitely interesting and nostalgic for sure!

Judith Ellis said...

That would be waaay cool, Dave!

John O'Leary said...

Hi Judith. I see you've written several more books while I was gone! Yup, Elvis was the dude who opened it ALL up in the 50s - Ground Zero of the rock & roll explosion. Years later he seemed to lose his way, but the talent was always there.

Judith Ellis said...

Hey John! Yes, Elvis seemed to lose his way but I guess we all have at one point or another to a lesser or greater extent. He was most certainly on "Ground Zero," introducing rock and roll to a wider audience. I love Elvis!