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 Post subject: An Article I Came Across.......If I Can Dream
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:39 am 
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The interpretation of dreams by Paul Simpson
By: Paul Simpson - Aug 4, 2006
Source: Elvis Australia




"One day things will be different" - Elvis Presley, as a boy, while strumming his guitar on the back porch, overheard by his father.

We know a lot about Elvis Presley. But the most significant of the many things we don't know about him is how, when and why he came to believe that, as he vowed to himself when he was a skinny, poor, boy in the poorest state of the union, one day things would be different.

For an intellectual bigot like Albert Goldman, Elvis' success is a fluke. For Peter Guralnick, it was testament to his extraordinary hope, optimism and openness to the vibrant, varied cultures – musical, social and racial – that surrounded him.

One thing's for sure, Elvis meant to be famous. Millions of children dream of transforming their – and their parents' lives – with a clichéd rags to riches story. But his dream came true. And no matter how you explain that, it’s clear that Elvis did his utmost to realise his dreams in ways that contradict the lazy stereotype of him as a shy, stupid, country boy tied to – or almost strangled by – his momma's apron strings.

He was, as Sam Phillips noted, "more afraid of being hurt than anyone I ever met". But he confronted that fear in remarkable ways. When he was eight, he hitched rides to the WELO radio station to see his idol Mississippi Slim and, through sheer childish persistence, played on the show. When he was ten, he sang Old Shep at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair, insisting "I'd set my heart on singing and nothing in the world could have stopped me."

In Memphis, the orthodox version of his discovery makes him sound like a passive accomplice. But even before strolling into Sun Studios in the summer of 1953, he performed (Johnny Burnette says) at the local fire station, may have played with Burnette’s group, often sat in his truck pondering Sun Studios and behaved, not like the idiot savant of myth, but like a talented, ambitious, young man calculating how best to ensure his gifts were discovered.

He famously said in a speech in 1971 that every dream he ever dreamed came true a hundred times. But that fulfilment was marred by tragedy – the untimely death of Gladys, the end of his marriage and the emotional and physical cost, to himself, of living up to a title – The King – he regarded as sacrilegious.

But if Elvis Presley had never dreamed, we might never have heard of him. That, for me, is what makes his performance of If I Can Dream in the 1968 comeback special so revelatory. That song – right down to its vaguely expressed, yet sincere, yearnings for a better world – is his manifesto. Watching him rehearsing the song on DVD makes the final performance even more moving. He waits, obediently in his white suit, sounding as respectful as a very well-trained waiter. And then the song takes hold of him.

In those takes, we witness the transformation that electrified friends, acquaintances and musicians – the shift from Elvis the person to Elvis the star, a legendary figure of myth, mystery and magnitude. At the end, he spreads his arms out, in a pose vaguely reminiscent of the crucifixion and mumbles an unsure, apologetic, "thank you and goodnight".

Although he later often sang My Way, Paul Anka's song never feels, to me, as if Elvis believes it. He'll sing it as well as he can but the song's strange mix of fake humility and self-dramatising bombast isn't him. He bares his soul in If I Can Dream – it is his mini-autobiography. Nothing in My Way matches the inspiring grandeur of the line: "As long as a man has the strength to dream, he can redeem his soul". Listen to the passion and belief with which he nails that line and it's hard to believe he ever sang fluff like A Dog’s Life.

Director Sidney Lumet once said that, watching Elvis, he felt in the presence of a restless spirit, doomed never to feel at home, tragically unaware of his own separation from the rest of the human race. Lumet was haunted by that impression – echoed by Priscilla who suggested that, like his dad, Elvis was prone to terrible bouts of loneliness when he seemed utterly adrift from humanity. Maybe he was unaware of that separation or maybe he dreamt that, once things were different, it might disappear. Either way, his dreams changed our lives and his. And If I Can Dream gets closer than anything to revealing how a poor country boy apparently destined for anonymous oblivion became Elvis Presley. That's why, for me, it is the one indispensable Elvis song.


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elvis never picked out the songs ha sang in his movies, just like it a dogs life, he walked off the set and told them he was not going to do that song ,it was not his choice ,he signed a contract and had to do what was in the script, he would have never evan sang some of them songs he sang in the movies, he had to,or he would have been fired just like everyone else, i blame this on his so called manager, which was only after money, he did not care about elvis, just wanted to make a fasst million, and thats what was paid for each movie, i guess if it was me and had to sing a certain song for a million dollars, i would have to, it was not elvis fault that he had to sing the songs that were picked out for him to sing, if it ws up to him he would have not sang any songs in his movies, those movies is not the kind he wanted to do he wanted to do more drama and action movies, he likes james dean movis, and wanted so much to do movies more like james dean, and could have if he had a better manager,


  
 
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Great article! It has inspired me to create a new page on the ELC website where links will go to especially profound articles like this.



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he wanted to do more drama and action movies, he likes james dean movis, and wanted so much to do movies more like james dean, and could have if he had a better manager,


Mike,

My point of view on that theme is that Tom Parker never got but a glimpse of the great dimension Elvis Aaron Presley had as a human being. He was not ready for seeing it, much less for contemplating the enormeous potential Elvis had as an actor. T.P. was more atunned with his economical potencial, far away from any risks.

To respect creativity in some other person, takes to be able to respect the other as a Being, an unity of expression, unfolding in many possible facets. If T.P. did not see and respect that aspect in himself, he certainly could not see it in any other individual.

Probably for Mr. Parker the possible equation was: The more power you have, the more you are. Money gives power.
Nothing to do with: The more you come to develop your own potential (experimenting yourself), the closer you are to Being YOU.



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A second thought:

T. Parker possibly was so far from himself, in the sense I have signaled above, he needed so much to depend on power to feel himself being someone, that got an addiction to games in Las Vegas. That kind of addiction may be totally related to try to get the control of the power to win. The player may be unable to accept the frustration of not winning and postergate it more and more, playing endessly.

It is said that he played many "power games" on people too.



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 Post subject: Re: An Article I Came Across.......If I Can Dream
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 11:50 pm 
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Trezyours wrote:

He famously said in a speech in 1971 that every dream he ever dreamed came true a hundred times.

But if Elvis Presley had never dreamed, we might never have heard of him. his dreams changed our lives and his.


God bless Elvis and all the dreamers-those who dare to DREAM, BELIEVE IN their dreams and LIVE their dreams. :D For those who do so are capable of changing so many lives in so many amazing and remarkable ways. :D Thank you so much Vera for sharing this very touching and positive article with us and thank you Sue for bringing it back again. :D

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I was just rereading posts and I have to say that Mike Wright nailed it right on the head! He got it right about Parker, the songs Elvis hated to sing but had to or be chewed out by Parker and/or get fired if he didn't fulfill his contract agreements. He had no say in scripts or the crummy songs. He sometimes was sick to his stomach having to do them and his guys would try to get him in a good mood, make him laugh and so forth and help him get through the songs-especially Old MacDonald on the back of that truck!!! That one really was one of the worst he thought at the time. And from the beginning with Love Me Tender he was hurt and disappointed that they were making him sing and that he had to do that theme song and he hated the fade in and out at the end where the cementary scene is-thought he looked like some kind of bloated up drunk and that he didn't want to do Loving you either, but was convinced it would be a big seller and it was in color! That was something-but he wasn't happy about having to sing, but said it did have some acting parts if he'd known how to play them right. He never felt that he did and wished he could have had some acting lessons but that wasn't part of his contract-they were buying just him as he was-a singer-not an actor. He hated the whole thing, but couldn't get out of it, and the money kept coming in and he liked having money, but he said after a while, it was all kind of worthless really, just not what he had thought it would be. Then he began to give more away, spend it as fast as he could and said if he didn't the IRS would get it and implied someone or something else would take it too.?
And he just hoped to get through them and he said even before the tv show thing came up that he would never sign for movies again-not a string of them. If they brought him a good script, he might do it but he wouldn't sign up for a long term thing. If it didn't work out that he got any scripts then he'd make records, tour some and if people didn't come, then he'd go back an drive a truck-he wasn't going to be beholding to some damn movie contract ever again! He didn't care who said what. He was dead serious, meant every word of it. And I believed him. But fate gave him another hand-.



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