Take those Blue Suede shoes off that Hound Dog!


Elvis Presley was born January 8th, 1935 and died when my mom was 17 years old. But I love his music. I realize his influence as an international rock n’ roll icon and all that fame and glory surrounding The King, but what I know is that his songs cheer me up. They make me swing my arms, shake my hips, jiggle and wiggle and move to the music!

There are so many things about Elvis that fascinate me; the fame surrounding him, twisting him into what he became; his musical influences, the black gospel, the blues, pop culture; society’s reaction to him. I suppose that it astonishes me that some people make it to the limelight but most just fade away.

Elvis does not have lyrics that inspire the mind. Jailhouse Rock is about dancing in prison, Hound dog about a shady character who whines and lies. Treat me Nice is about just that. There’s nothing awe-inspiring in these themes. They do not compell me to write and explore the deeper meaning. But man, are they fun to wiggle to! The bass line, the tune, that Elvis way of singing, it gets me grinning every time!

What music gets you grinning?


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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

3 Thoughts on “Take those Blue Suede shoes off that Hound Dog!

  1. sandi on 7 April, 2009 at 8:35 pm said:

    A tisket, a tasket by Ella Fitzgerald.
    It’s a good day….
    Celtic flutes.
    Antshillvania and Winnie the Pooh’s Bee Song.
    And memories of you singing Jesus Loves Me at the top of your lungs in the grocery store aisle at the age of 2.

  2. danielle on 12 April, 2009 at 5:01 pm said:

    I love the beatles! They make me want to sing all the songs even though I don’t know all the lyrics. Apparently a few people feel the same because the made the movie ”Across the Universe” which is based on the lyrics of some of the Beatles greatest hits. They make me dance in the kitchen when I’m making dinner and singing out loud when only Dave and Nora can hear me.

  3. Mom-I still sing in the grocery store!:)
    Danielle- I did not know you loved the beatles. In fact we never sing together. We should remedy this!

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