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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By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7336391

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!  🙂

 

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WORLD ART DAY

TL 8-9 WORLD ART DAY

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Today is WORLD ART DAY!!! I’m sure the intent is for us to celebrate the works of man, but in my opinion they pale when compared to God’s creation. All art created by man comes from work already done by God. Think about it.

My favorite artist was Thomas Kinkade. I like that he gave glory back to God not only for his talent but for the subjects he chose to capture on canvas. I especially like the bridges for some reason. While I realize that bridges per se are made by man, the beauty that surrounds them are definitely the awesome creation of God.  I wish I could share some of his art here, but I’d be violating copyright laws if I posted them here.  😦  There are TONS of slide shows on You Tube.  Please check them out.

On this special day I want to urge you to see the beauty around you. This may be difficult if you are in chronic pain or grieving today, but it sometimes helps if we can stop to look at nature and enjoy our surroundings. It has a way of rearranging our priorities and getting our minds refocused. It makes our problems seem smaller in the grand scheme of things. Looking at God’s creation has a way of calming my spirit and once again I can say with confidence, “God is in control and everything will be alright.”

It’s a daily struggle to keep a positive attitude in the midst of grief and pain. There is not a time limit on grief even though most people would like to impose a time limit on it. People are uncomfortable talking about those who have died. I find it comforting to talk about my family because it brings such happy memories to mind. I could talk about them for hours but most people do not want to hear about them. It makes them uneasy and they tend to want to change the subject. I’m viewed as a “downer” when I talk of those who are no longer here.

There are days when all I can think about is the pain of neuropathy. When chronic pain is with you every day it is not easy to see anything good in the world. I was talking with a friend on facebook yesterday and mentioned that the only time I don’t feel pain is when I am sleeping.

I made an effort to find beauty in God’s creation today. I was walking out of a restaurant and spotted a single yellow daffodil in the landscaping just outside the building. Yellow is my favorite color, but it is even more captivating when it is against the beauty of a dark blue sky. It was as if God pointed it out to me on purpose. It’s like He knew I needed to see it and I’m so thankful that He showed it to me.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How Great Thou Art. How GREAT THOU ART! ❤