Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Looked like an angel, but I got wise

I’ve never minded the fact that, when people think of Elvis, they invariably think of me. Not because I’m anything like the man he once was, mind you, but because I like to listen to his songs, sing them on road trips – I even like to dress up like him sometimes. I’ve come to terms with this, even to the point of collecting at least one Elvis book/movie/figurine each Christmas or birthday. My friends know that I dig Elvis, so they know it’s a safe bet. The knickknacks will likely never stop. And, if I have to go on this way the rest of my days, I’m okay with that.

I am getting a little tired of hearing about THIS, however. People have come to me, wondering if this is really true. My answer: yes, but mostly no.

Based on what I have read over the years, Elvis had owned a Book of Mormon. This is not new news. It is likely not something the casual Elvis fan might know but, well, the borderline obsessive (guilty) might. What the article doesn’t say is that he owned many, many books. He had a voracious appetite for reading/learning things of a spiritual nature. Anything that would bring him closer to God, he wanted to read and understand. How this book found its way into his hands is a story that has differed too much to know which is true … but he did have it. I hear he liked The Prophet (by Kahlil Gibran) much more than this one, but what do I know, right?

To go so far as to say he was considering being baptized a Mormon, well, that’s where this whole thing crosses over into the ridiculous files. There were plenty notes written in the margins (to himself, to Lisa Marie) and even more things underlined, but the way I heard it, he simply didn’t have time for such a thing. I mean, once he wanted to give himself to a more spiritual path – forgoing his career as a musician completely – and, not surprisingly, he was advised against it. Told he could reach more people doing what he was doing. Perhaps this was the reason for all the Gospel recordings, yeah? Maybe (and, hey, it won him the only Grammys he ever received).

Don’t even get me started on the fact they’re making a movie out of this. Will I see it? Yes, I will. I need to see just how bad this thing is going to be. I’ll stew, I’ll rant, I’ll rave – I may even throw things, if the situation calls for it – but one thing is for certain: this will be a horrible film. It’ll be the biggest stretch of the Elvis imagination there was since Bubba Ho-Tep.

And there you have it. One Elvis enthusiast’s opinion. Final word? I’m afraid. And I think you ought to be as well.


k8 said...

i don't see how this movie can be anything but kinda lame.

Dainon said...

Because, well, there isn't much of a story there. I wonder how much they'll have to fabricate. I hope they fit the dancing Osmonds in it somewhere.

Anonymous said...

I'm always afraid anyway.

The Simmons Family said...

I saw an Elvis Christmas ornament at Wal-Mart. I actually considered buying it and sending it to you.

Then I realized, we're way too poor to spend money on the likes of you.