I am not a big Elvis fan, let’s get that out of the way right now. Why? Maybe because the image I have of Elvis is that of the “fat Elvis” and to be perfectly honest I always considered him to be kind of like my parents’ rock and roll, kind of like the Buick or Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Grandpa still drives, gleaming chrome and fedora behind the wheel. That said, it only took a cheesy TV show to all of a sudden, get this, want me to get an Elvis song and even more surprisingly, play it regularly. Now I should preface this by saying that I rarely watch TV and my wife thinks I’m nuts because she hears this song all the time but I was recently watching the show “Las Vegas” and I kept humming the song they play during the intro. Now you are all probably screaming at the screen right now saying “I can’t believe he has never heard “A Little Less Conversation”” but believe or not, I haven’t. What a great song! I even picked up the CD single with the remix, something I usually despise but this time I quite enjoyed. Much like I did with U2 (and Bruce Springsteen before that) I will be engaging in an “Elvis education.” I am going into this with an open mind and will be completely skipping the typical Elvis numbers (“Hound Dog”, “Blues Suede Shoes”, et al.) that everybody knows to seek out those songs that truly made Elvis “the King.” I’m quite looking forward to seeing Elvis Presley move from the caricature in my mind to the rock and roll legend I know that he is. If you have any Elvis suggestions (no recipes please) send them my way! Thank you. Thank you very much.
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