WE LOVE ELVIS

TL 5-25 WE LOVE ELVIS

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What’s our friend John been up to???  Let’s find out!

Elvis was a phenomena and a trend setter.  Before we heard his music, there was no Rockabilly.  He advanced all genres of music so much.  I enjoyed his gospel music – I know that surprises you!  But when I read about the music that influenced him the most…  guess what it said?

Presley’s earliest musical influence came from gospel. His mother recalled that from the age of two, at the Assembly of God church in Tupelo attended by the family, “he would slide down off my lap, run into the aisle and scramble up to the platform. There he would stand looking at the choir and trying to sing with them.”  In Memphis, Presley frequently attended all-night gospel singings at the Ellis Auditorium, where groups such as the Statesmen Quartet led the music in a style that, Guralnick suggests, sowed the seeds of Presley’s future stage act:

The Statesmen were an electric combination … featuring some of the most thrillingly emotive singing and daringly unconventional showmanship in the entertainment world … dressed in suits that might have come out of the window of Lansky’s. … Bass singer Jim Wetherington, known universally as the Big Chief, maintained a steady bottom, ceaselessly jiggling first his left leg, then his right, with the material of the pants leg ballooning out and shimmering. “He went about as far as you could go in gospel music,” said Jake Hess. “The women would jump up, just like they do for the pop shows.” Preachers frequently objected to the lewd movements … but audiences reacted with screams and swoons.

As a teenager, Presley’s musical interests were wide-ranging, and he was deeply informed about African-American musical idioms as well as white ones. Though he never had any formal training, he was blessed with a remarkable memory, and his musical knowledge was already considerable by the time he made his first professional recordings in 1954 at the age of 19. When Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met him two years later, they were astonished at his encyclopedic understanding of the blues.  At a press conference the following year, he proudly declared, “I know practically every religious song that’s ever been written.”

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HOW GREAT THOU ART is the song that sends chills up and down my spine.  I heard that before he recorded it, he had never heard the hymn.  He did his own arrangement with no frame of reference.  To me, that takes some intestinal fortitude and confidence in your ability to arrange and perform.  He had such a great talent!

On my video called “The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley”, they said that when Elvis took a break, he and his backup singers ended up around the piano, Elvis playing – and they sang gospel songs.  I believe that is the music he loved deep down inside.  It’s the only music that had real meaning.

Amen!  HOW GREAT THOU ART!  Have a wonderful day in the LORD!  🙂

 

NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I’ve lived on this planet for nearly five and a half decades…  and believe me when I say I’ve had my share of AWKWARD moments!  With every one of them, I’ve learned to shake it off and move on as I laugh (and pee a little…)  sorry – TMI.

There’s a reason that Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off resonates with the masses.  We’re all too human and that means we are not perfect, which means that at times we are all awkward and experience awkward moments.  The good news is – our awkward moments in life are not life-altering.  We know that God works ALL things for our good – and by all, I mean – ya know… ALL! 

That’s why we must not give up – on anything!  We have to remember that every day will not be filled with roses and violin music!  If it was, we’d have precious little to share in the way of life experience – let alone, things to look back on and have a hearty laugh!  Some things make us more human, and the humanity is the part that we all have in common.  It makes us more relatable to one another.

So, with a humble heart and blushing cheeks, I share my most awkward moment in ministry.  I wouldn’t trade this day for anything, yet I definitely would not like to relive it either.  :-/

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Being part of ministry in any capacity is never a waste of time.  Remember the words to the old hymn…

Only one life, so soon ’twill be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.

There can be – shall I say, “awkward moments” along the way.  We know that God leads the way and He gave us many safe trips for sure!  Awkward moments happen though – with people and situations.  :-/

From the mid 1980’s through the mid 1990’s, my husband and I were part of a gospel quartet.  We spent time traveling around and ended up in a small town in Kansas for a Sunday evening service.  I decided to wear blue jeans and a tee-shirt for traveling, certain that there would be a place to change my clothes.

When we got to the church, we got all set up and was ready to practice to adjust the sound and so forth…  I casually looked around the small church, but did not see a restroom.  I began to panic a little and pray a lot.  I needed to put my dress on for the concert.

About that time, the pastor walked in – all smiles.  I was nearly in tears.  I was embarrassed to ask, so had my husband ask if there was a restroom.  When my husband came back to tell me – I could tell by the look on his face – this was not going to be good.  The restroom was an outhouse.  Yep – and that’s where I changed clothes.

I got ‘er done, folks!  Dignity intact, I’m happy to report.  Then we played a few more songs in the sanctuary – and noticed a scraggly old dog had walked into the church.  He decided to lay down in the aisle and listen.  We played one song – then the dog got up, turned around and walked right back out the door.  LOL!!!

My husband said…  Now THAT’S a critic!  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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To this day, Elvis Presley is probably the most iconic figure in American music history.  From his truck driver hair style to his blue suede shoes, he took America by storm in 1954 and remained popular until his untimely death in 1977.

Every generation enjoyed his music.  Older people liked him because of his southern charm and good manners.  The fact that he recorded 4 gospel LP’s during his lifetime endeared him to the more conservative folks as well.  Younger people liked him because he seemed to understand them.  There was a little bit of rebel there that made us dig him.  His music had an appeal that spanned generations.

There’s not a baby boomer that does not have a favorite “Elvis” song.  Mine is “Don’t Be Cruel” and I’ll tell you why…

There’s a line in the song that says, “Then you’ll know you have me, and I’ll know then that I have you.”  Well, here’s how I sang it – “Then you’ll know you have me, and I’ll know LINDA I’ll have you.”

Hey – that’s what it sounded like he was saying!  It sounded like he was singing to ME!  How dreamy is that?

That great song was recorded on this day in 1956!  He also recorded “Hound Dog” on this day.  Both songs were hits – but by 1956, that came as no surprise to anyone.  There was just something about Elvis – he was driven when it came to music.

Over his two-decade career, Elvis recorded over 700 songs for the RCA label.  It’s thought, however, that there were other songs that never got recorded – which means that he probably knew and performed almost 1,000 songs!

I’ve been in a recording studio twice and recorded about 20 songs.  It was challenging to remember the chord progressions and lyrics to them.  I can’t even imagine what it takes to file 1,000 songs away in your mind.  I believe that’s just how much music meant to him.  There are some people who eat, drink and live music.  Elvis is definitely in that category.   There are Elvis impersonators on every corner, but there will only be one Elvis.  🙂

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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12-10 WHEN I THINK ABOUT MISSISSIPPI

OK – hands up, everyone who had fun learning to spell MISSISSIPPI – with the emphasis on the 4 S’s and 2 P’s.  For that reason alone, I’m grateful that the great state of Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union on this day back in 1817.

And Ray Stevens would have had to choose a different state in which that famous revival took place – can you imagine?

And the song by Mountain would not be called Mississippi Queen.  Hmm…  that would be weird.

And the coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs had this to say as he grinned from ear to ear on November 22nd after their 0-51 victory over Vanderbilt:

I couldn’t be happier with how our guys responded; offense, defense, kicking game, guys flying around, making plays, playing with that chip on their shoulder and really believing we have an awful lot still to play for.  You saw that on the field with how our guys played.  – Dan Mullen

Yep – we’re glad that on this day in 1817, Mississippi joined the Union!

I’ve never been to Mississippi, but it is on my bucket list to visit there one day!  I imagine overwhelming Southern hospitality, a laid-back attitude, good music and good food (not necessarily in that order).  What is life like in the deep south?

Ah – the gospel music has SOUL to be sure!  I feel God’s Holy Spirit!  But no squirrels inside this church (I am just a little disappointed).

Who’s ready to eat???

Now – let’s check out that Southern hospitality!  There are so many Bed & Breakfasts in Mississippi.  Really though, can you imagine soaking in the South from a Motel?  I can’t.

Um…  just make sure you don’t book your stay here:

I just read that Mississippi lost their first Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.

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Rest in Peace, Mary Ann Mobley. A Mississippi treasure.  She was Miss America in 1959.

God richly blessed this Nation when He saw fit to allow Mississippi to become a part of the United States of America!  😀

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