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My Daily Song: Elvis Presley

The most beautiful rendition of Glory Glory Hallelujah you will ever find. I still get goosebumps after listening to this God knows how many times.

And I love Elvis so much during this time period. I don’t describe people as living Angels often, if ever, Elvis was a living Angel.

Glory Glory Hallelujah

Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland

(Oh I wish I was in Dixie, away, away)
(In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie)

For in Dixieland, I was born
Early Lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on

So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
You know your daddy’s bound to die
But all my trials Lord, will soon be over

Glory, glory, hallelujah
His truth is marching on
His truth is marching on

My Miscellany: Elvis And Me

wp-1485298089762.jpgI have always been a fan of Elvis Presley.  I think he had one of the most beautiful voices on the planet.  I also think he was one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever seen.

When I was in Webster House, a group home for troubled teens I was obsessed with the man.  I would steal all the specialty books with his pictures and post them all over the walls in my room.  I even had a life-sized poster of him in his famous Eagle Outfit he wore for his Aloha From Hawaii satellite concert.

There wasn’t an inch of my room that wasn’t covered with Elvis pictures.  I can’t tell you what my fascination with the man was.  I think it was a combination of his style, his looks, his music.  I think listening to his records was the first time that music actually evoked a strong emotional response in me.

elvis1973 on justruminating men's blogWhen Elvis Presley died in August of 1977 I was 13.  I was devastated.  I listened to his records over and over.  Now that I think on it, what a tragedy of drug abuse and horrendous diet!

I blame the people that were around him at the time, even though Elvis was a typical drug addict, his death could have been prevented.

From his famous Alhoa From Hawaii televised concert (although it wasn’t seen live in the U.S. because it took place the same day as the Super Bowl, it was aired in April of 1973) in 1973, Elvis would be dead 4 and a half years later.

That show was viewed by approximately 1.5 BILLION people.  It still stands as the number one viewed event on television in history.  It was made into an album, Elvis’s last number one album of his career.elvis 1977 on justruminating men's blog

I ended up listening to his rendition of Glory Glory Hallelujah, which is why I decided to post something on him today. I wanted you to see this incredible performance–taken from Alhoa From Hawaii–and then see one of his last performances ever.  You can see the so sad transformation his addictions caused.  After Unchained Melody, Elvis was dead2 months later.

For me Elvis is a strong lesson.  It’s shows that addiction shows no mercy.  You can have all the talent, looks, money in the world.  But addiction will drop you to your knees and break you.  One of God’s greatest angels succumbed to Satan and his minions.  But, “look away, look away.  Old times there are not forgotten.”