It happens every time Elvis Week rolls around and at others when I have time to think about it but when you look at a picture of Elvis and realize that he really IS gone and many of us lived in that era right from the start to the end and then suddenly you realize what you experienced! Yet, it went by so fast....sometimes it just doesn't seem real. We all thought it would last forever, many took it for granted it would last and then - suddenly, like hitting a brick wall, it's over!! What a shame and so sad yet we are thrilled and happy at the same time that we had Elvis. We experienced the greatest ever and he was such a part of our every day lifes. We listened intently whenever an Elvis song came on the radio, caught every possible TV show he was on (not many), and dreamed of someday visiting Graceland in Memphis and maybe if we were lucky, seeing the King himself and even luckier, getting to talk to him.
For me, I went into seclusion when he died. We all realized our own mortality and it came as a shock to each and every one of us. If Elvis could die and not live forever, neither would we. I grew a beard or at least didn't shave for two weeks, didn't go any where, just listened for every word I could get about the King dying. His life history, his concerts, the private Elvis, etc. And every major radio and TV program had some special about him. I taped or filmed everything I could.
I worked at a radio station at the time of his passing. I walked into the station after lunch and out selling ads and was getting ready for my air shift when the secretary came up to me and said, "It's on the teletype, Elvis died!" I said, ya, right. Then I saw it. I still have it today though it is a bit faded. I didn't want to work, I wanted to head to Memphis. But I didn't.
Yes, Elvis Week is a celebration of the man and his music but it's also a reminder of what we missed out on....the rest of his life, music, movies and so much more. Just think if he had traveled the world performing.. ..the records he would have set would never, ever be broken, no matter how many more people are on the earth now than back then.
Elvis Aaron Presley - forever engrained in our hearts and minds and even in our souls.....such an icon yet we still don't realize just how gigantic a figure he was and how much he truly affected so much of our world, what we do, what we wear, the artists today who were affected by his voice and his music.....we miss so much of what he would have done but most importantly. ....we still miss him.