Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Going to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee

Yesterday we toured Graceland. One forgets at this remove how huge Elvis Aaron Presley really was during his day. His house, by today's standards, is not large. In fact, the rooms are quite small, but it is elegantly decorated with no expense spared. There is a room that is completely draped, walls and ceiling in fabric. The expense of that is awesome.

The trophy room is absolutely awesome. It houses all of his gold and platinum recordings and his grammys. That is when it hit me - his influence on the popular music scene was monumental. I lived through all that but was a Classical musician and basically ignored it. Seeing proof of his efforts all in one room really brought it all home for me.

In the afternoon we went through the Civil Rights Museum, which is located in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis - the site at which Martin Luther King was shot. While the museum is really about the history of slavery and the struggle to overcome it, the exhibit culminates at room #306 where King was assassinated. Everyone should see this museum. The power is awesome.

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