saying something stupid like “elvis was a dumb hick”

EXCEPT FOR A FEW IDJITS, there is near universal recognition and acceptance of the genius and wonder that was the Beatles from 1962 through 1970. Making a snide remark about the artistic and commercial achievements of John Paul George & Ringo, or saying something stupid about their place at the toppermost of the rock & roll totem pole, will guarantee that few will ever take your utterances seriously again! Such across-the-board appreciation does not exist for the only other musician to sit atop that pole of large-scale (quantity- and quality-wise) artistic and commercial success with the Fab Four—Elvis Presley.… Continue Reading saying something stupid like “elvis was a dumb hick”

on the edge of reality with the pseudo-pyschedelic elvis

IF I CAN DREAM, I’ll have this article finished before I find myself sitting on the edge of reality. You know—where life’s dream lies disillusioned and dark shadows follow me. (But that’s another story for another time.) Each year on this day I try to write something about my experience of being an Elvis fan since I was in grade-school way, way back in the ’50s.  But I’m gonna make it happen today and write about the pseudo-psychedelic Elvis of 1968! Usually, I find some excuse for not completing anything—for a while, it was good bourbon, now my excuse… Continue Reading on the edge of reality with the pseudo-pyschedelic elvis

another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis

A MESS OF BLUES seems to be the song that sums up many of the entries on Wikipedia for rock & roll in general and Elvis Presley in particular. Their article on the soundtrack album for the 1968 NBC-TV Special ELVIS is so error-ridden as to be not only not useful, but to be downright harmful! It’s yet another mess of blues about Elvis on Wiki. And it’s amazing how much misinformation the Wiki writers can slip into a few paragraphs about a topic that involves popular music of the past sixty years. In many fields, Wiki is often spot on… Continue Reading another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis

from burbank to graceland to facebook

WELL, BLESS MY SOUL, what’s wrong with me? As a writer (someone who writes), I’ve been itchin’ like a man on a fuzzy tree for some time, hence my compulsive posting in my three blogs. I have posted 800,000 words in just three years on my three sites: Neal Umphred Dot Com, Rather Rare Records, and Elvis – A Touch Of Gold. That’s the equivalent of ten reasonable sized novels. But as an ‘author’ (a writer paid to publish his work), well, the itchin’ hasn’t been on the fuzzy tree level. A few friends and family members (Hi, Maryboo!)… Continue Reading from burbank to graceland to facebook

I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)

THERE IS A MEMORABLE SCENE in the 2006 movie Little Miss Sunshine that takes place in the family Volkswagen van. The grandfather gives some unasked-for ‘life advice’ to his grandson. I won’t repeat the advice; see the movie. But it’s great advice about how to make it fun it takes two (of course it’s coarse). I have already bestowed its wisdom on younger humans—male and female—who asked appropriate ‘life questions’ of me. The old man’s advice sits comfortably alongside a little saw that I have tried to keep in mind since I was in college: When I’m old and decrepit, sitting… Continue Reading I got a lot o’ livin’ to do (to make it fun it takes two)