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 Post subject: Let's make Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:53 pm 
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Let's make Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! If you are someone who feels a tightness in your chest and teardrops swell in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song, then perhaps no one but Elvis can make your Valentine's Day! You are almost certainly a baby boomer and you owe this to Elvis before you go - it is time to rename Valentine's Day as "Elvis Day".
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has. This is borne out by the titles he chose for his songs and their lyrics, with almost all of his best songs featuring love and heartache. So why are we then waiting for the Kind Bishop St Valentine to abdicate to place the King himself on the throne of love?
What makes Elvis uniquely deserving is the emotionall avalanche of each of his songs, delivered with powerful voice, intonation, timbre and mountains of emotion to someone in front of him, making you feel that someone was no one but you. Arguably even Luciano Pavarotti's superb delivery of the original "O Sole Mio" has never achieved the emotional turmoil of "It's Now or Never" by Elvis in listener's minds.
If 35 years after his death, in the age of social media, we still
haven't done it, only the commercialism and short sightedness for immediate profits must be blamed.
As someone said "You can bet that Col Parker, Elvis' manager, would have been all over social media: BUT for a price! It would cost money to click onto the official Elvis page, or even his website. If not that, you'd have to pay to use it, with a teaser front page leading to a pay for Elvis main section. Nobody got to see Elvis for free, the Colonel saw to that."
In reality, even without the Colonel around, the situation is exactly the same. Despite the social web being a free for all world on its own, nothing about Elvis is really free, which virtually destroys any chance of the legacy of Elvis being passed on to the future generations.
In today's competitive world of modern electronic media and entertainment, with different values and buckets of emotions of anger, hatred, lust, fame and glitterati, dominated by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, the softer qualities of love, romance and angst of separation and loss, which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation, do not find much of chance to survive.
In the broken down social fabric of today, which is being dominated
and reshaped by social media, where you can even find friends you can bang with just by a click, there is less and less people to listen to and experience the inexplicable emotional trips to fantasy worlds of joy and sorrow only Elvis songs can take you.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grant parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on, like lessons in text books or in curriculum. It is indeed a shame that future generations might not even know Elvis ever lived and graced the earth.
Numbers like "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Always on My Mind", "Love Me Tender", " I Just Can't Help Believin", "I will hold you in my heart" or "The Thrill Of Your Love" or "Let It Be Me" which are indeed immortal will possibly be forgotten.
When everyone is concerned about preserving and protecting our environment for future generations with billions of dollars spent on efforts, there must be a ways to stop this happening.
Releasing a royalty free album of memorable, evergreen Elvis songs as an ELVIS DAY album, free for all and downloadable on the net will be
a good start. (EIN notes - In fact the Daily Mail in the UK did exactly that! - see above)
Renaming Valentine's Day as "Elvis Day" must certainly help reinforce the awareness of his music and legacy for years to come.
With platforms like Facebook reaching over a billion memberships, at least part of the ELVIS treasure should be available for one and all and for free. Sadly, the onus is on the baby boomers, who lived to experience the miracle in the voice and life of one of the sweetest of human beings, who gave us some of the greatest of music which could really touch heart and soul of humans, to make it immortal for the sake of future generations.
Let us show our love of Elvis, for a start, let us call this Valentine's Day in 2013, "ELVIS Day"!
Go here for full Huff Post article.

(News, Source;SreedharPillai/ElvisInfoNet)

"Value are like fingerprints. Nobody's the same, but you leave them all everything you do" ELVIS AARON PRESLEY
 Post subject: Re: Let's make Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Good Idea! He would make a great representative for that special Sweet Day!

He even had the "heart shaped face"!

It was always a special day for our little girl way back there in the "olden times".
She would wait patiently and impatiently for her Valentine from "Uncle Elvis" and
he never failed to have one sent to her-via a box of candy and usually with a
stuffed animal when she was little. Then he began to send her a "grown up"
box of candy and a little gift usually, like once she got a ruby ring and another time a bracelet and ring, once a bouquet of flowers and a nice card suitable for
a 15 year old. I never asked him if he personally chose what ever, but I kind of think he did because he liked to surprise folks, and he liked to give them what he felt they wanted or he wanted specifically for them to have. We miss him, not for his lovely generous heart and gifts, but for his smile, the little snicker and giggle
only he could do just that way, and for the kindness he shared so easily with everyone, young, older, poor or plain stupid, he was always a gracious, kind man. We love you Elvis, around the world and back-several times! wjh

Wanda June Hill
author of "We Remember, Elvis" & "Elvis - Face to Face"
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