My garden sings on its own these hot summer days, neighbors are partying and fireworks are better here than downtown. When I spoke of hearing Elvis singing out there, it turned out to be another bad party impersonator two doors down from me.
I actually did see Elvis once, when I worked in downtown Memphis. He was very young and so was I. I didn't really know who he was, he was kinda scraggly lookin', but the girls I worked with pointed him out to me. They were following him around on the weekends, hearing his music.
He was going into the Ellis Auditorium, where I waited for the bus every day. I never saw him after that or since then, although many claim that they have.
This made me think of Johnny Carson's famous quote, if life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. I think to be kinder, we should change that last word to "unemployed".
Anyway, Elvis will always sing to me, an old hymn or a hound-dog song, whatever he picks out. Happy July 5th. I hope you have today off from work.