Can we talk about Elvis for a minute?
I was born about 20 years too late to really get in on the Elvis craze. But given my *NSYNC and other boy band fascination of the ’90s, I feel strongly that I would have been an excellent screamer/swooner at any Elvis concert.
But I have a confession. I didn’t know much about Elvis (or his music) until very recently. I mean, I knew his name and his penchant for gaudy jumpsuits and, of course, his very unique voice. But I’m not sure I could have ticked off a list of his songs. And I had no idea about all of the movies he’d done.
All of that changed last week. My friends Jess L. and Jess B. came to visit me in Nashville, and we set off for Memphis–home of Sun Studio (where Elvis got his start) and Graceland (his home). Jess L. is a huge Elvis fan, so their visit turned into a bit of an Elvis pilgrimage. And it was fascinating!
We toured Sun Studio first thing upon our arrival. This was the place where Rock ‘n’ Roll was born–a new sound captured and shared from this little brick building on a nondescript street corner. And I posed with the microphone that Elvis loved to use.
And then we were off to Graceland, to the wild and weird home that saw so much music history. That heard the sound of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The house itself is relatively modest–a simple two-story home build in the ’30s. And the insides aren’t nearly as flamboyant as I expected, although there are a lot of mirrors. SO many mirrors! And some awesome ’70s fabric wall coverings.
So, you’re probably wondering what does all of this have to do with writing?
Well, during the four-hour drive to Memphis and back, we had Elvis on repeat, and about twenty minutes into it, I was a gooey mess of a swooniness. (That might not entirely be an actual word.)
I can’t possibly listen to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and not be in a romantic mood.
And “I Can’t Stop Loving You” always makes my heart break just a little, like when my hero and heroine might not be able to get together.
After just a weekend of Elvis, I’m near smitten. And I’m starting work on a new romance novel, so I’m going to need to feel all the swoony feelings to write those fun scenes. Guess I just found my go-to writing music.
Do you enjoy Elvis’ music? What’s your favorite Elvis song?