August 16, 2018
It was an unusual day.
I attended the viewing of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special at the Graceland Soundstage. As I was walking in, a woman from Scotland informed me that Aretha Franklin had died and that people were finding it a bid odd that she died on the same day as Elvis Presley had years ago. I explained that I hear this from you now in person, and then, the house (my house) received a phone call about Elvis' death - of course my mom had explained that to me in person.
I don't think that I have ever been on Elvis Presley Boulevard on the Anniversary of his death, before this year. Although, I did live in Memphis, TN for a season - I was only brought to view Graceland one night on a date - while Jeff and I were parking. It has been only recently that I've been attending Elvis related events.
I stopped by on August 17, 2018 and I was finally able to spend sometime alone on the Graceland grounds - although I was thankful that the Security Guard was there in his little shack. I do hope that part of their assignment is to protect the people that visit Graceland and not just the grounds. It was the first time that I have actually seen a guard in the building when I have visited at night and the first time that I saw no fans around.
As I drove home on August 17, 2018 the news of August 16, 2018 filled the airwaves - although Elvis songs still were the dominant songs - unlike on the National television news - where I hadn't heard the Anniversary of Elvis' death mentioned at all. News travels in cycles and perhaps Elvis just isn't as relevant anymore as he once was. I find that odd because Elvis is more relevant in my own personal life than he ever was before.
When I reached Arkansas - the radio announced part of the reason for the somber mood in Memphis, TN on August 16, 2018. While Elvis had been born in Mississippi and then moved to Memphis, TN - Aretha was born in Memphis, TN. I learned the radio station from a previously recorded spot done by Ludacris.
P.S. I finally touched the gate to Graceland on this trip. Gates are special to me - although as a child I did not want one of our properties to have a gate. I was told that it was for "protection". I asked then, why is the gate open when we are on the property - and closed when we aren't on the property? Aren't the people what you want to protect?
P.S.S. I've never seen the gates closed or be closed in person during the day - while people are actually on the property. Is the staff to lazy to protect the visitors? Apparently. After all, Elvis has left the building.
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