How quickly time passes by when it seems like only yesterday Elvis A Presley was alive and passionate performing for his frenzied and devoted fans everywhere! Here on the 35th anniversary of his death Elvis Week in Memphis,Tn not only eulogized the KING but also people came from around the world to celebrate new life with the fans, musicians, neighbors, actors, relatives.....who knew him or of him to say the least! How could one not feel such closeness to a person that not only changed the entertainment world, but culture as well....how fascinating that one man could bring all the people together this way...share the love and use others to light the way for those who could not attend such a moving, inspirational week long event!The candle lite vigil solely for me not only wrapped up the week long celebration but was the real reason to come back here.... this time I had the honor to attend not only as a guest Elvis Memorabilia Club but also as a performer...to participated in the candle lite vigil ...a moving experience to proudly stand honor guard! Several fan clubs gathered at Graceland driveway and stood as prepared for the ceremonial lighting of the vigil candles .... The sound of IF I CAN DREAM lyrics, music filled the warm summer breeze as everyone stood in silent reflection of not only why the gathered here; but also pay reverent homage to the memory of Elvis Aaron Presley!
The Clarion Hotel became the host and hub for Elvis collectors, authors, artists, performers, actors, also offering day and night entertainment.Most collectors boasted about their rare artifacts of Elvis photos, cards, records, etc....One outstanding addition was the hand-crafted guitars on display in the lobby. Each one was carefully design with Elvis theme including clip art of Elvis photos, mounted pieces of jewelry mini microphone and a tiny plastic retro TV set with a battery operated on n off switch! All of that including tiny clocks attached(with crazy glue!) to the wood framework of the actual guitars hand painted in 3-D effect....six of them....white/gold, blue/black red/silver one guitar you could see Elvis face photo inside the hole(opening)!
Here too I spent time with Marlyn Mason co-starred with Elvis in Trouble With Girls (not only as her guest with spent week together!) but also for autograph signings and photo sessions.
Fender.com had a presentation along tent area Graceland Crossing where I did a promo sign & play guitar in my Pink Lady Elvis jumpsuit ( a gift from my cousin Mary Stonebraker we are kin with Elvis's mother Gladys side of the family Smith) there I also strolled the trailer park & picnic area photo shoot too! The Arcade Restaurant near Memphis train station where Elvis actually dined was my inspiration for my song AN ELVIS TEAR.... recalling as if it were yesterday the tear stained window and when I left the restaurant it rain on only one side of the street! The sun shone brightly on the other side that day!
Here was birthed my idea: AN ELVIS TEAR
The Memphis sun shone sunny that Southern sky was blue & clear then something strange & funny behind a rain cloud appeared I thought I felt a raindrop but it quickly disappeared it must have fallen from HEAVEN .....AN ELVIS TEAR.........that I had actually written 15 years ago along with ROSES ON THE PIANO & performed at the Peabody Charity event then during Elvis Week....here as if by Divine appointment I was truly blest to have returned again to Memphis as ElvisLilSister........( perhaps the sister he never or almost had)
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