Saturday, August 1, 2009

On the Road - Gone to Graceland

1437 miles from Bedford, TX to Memphis, TN to St.Louis, MO and back to TX - Mon thru Fri - 24 hours and 32 minutes of windshield time. Our Tuesday soundtrack was Elvis' Greatest Hits - thirty on a CD. It was a rainy day, but hordes of people from all over the U.S.A and the world descended upon Graceland to celebrate a revolutionary talent - the King. Elvis

My mother was an Elvis fan and actually I now have a better appreciation for his looks, singing, and style. The audio tour gave snippets of all aspects of his life and career and I enjoyed hearing Lisa Marie Presley's perspective as a kid growing up at Graceland. Home videos showed that Elvis was a big kid with a big heart.
Love the automobile museum. Cars, motorcycles - anything on wheels. All with a splash of gold and some wild colors.

The Meditation Garden is peaceful and it's amazing that fans, to this day, send tokens of memory.
Elvis souvenir shops at every turn - American consumerism at its best. Yet despite the shag carpet on the ceiling of the Jungle Room, Graceland was a home. You can tell it was lived in by a close family. It's a bit bizarre to traipse through a house and take pictures to capture a glimpse into a music legend's life. And in my mind a soundtrack played - Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, Suspicious Minds...

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