Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy 2009 (& Happy B-day Elvis?)

After an extended holiday schedule that included a trip to southern California, 2009 has gotten off to a good start. I have been invited to an April plein air event in Utah (details in a future post). I also have been accepted into the Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affair this March. And now that I have finished the redo of my studio space, I am anxious to start several new projects. Now for the Elvis thing.

This is a little off the topic of art, but a strange thing happened to me yesterday. First, while channel surfing I caught the end of the Elvis Presley movie Fun In Acapulco (he's a deckhand, who is then hired as a nightclub entertainer & lifeguard, but turns out to be a former trapeze artist who regains his courage by becoming a cliff diver.) Later I find out it's Elvis' birthday, the pelvis-swinger would have been 74 (and needing hip replacement no doubt). That afternoon while out to buy new art panel materials, I stopped at a thrift store to see if there was any post holiday surge of new items. As usual I looked through the old records to see if there was any good music to be had (younger readers probably have no idea what I mean - google "phonograph record" kids). I usually look for old jazz and rock. I got lucky and scored four records by Traffic, ZZ Top, Wes Montgomery and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Back at home while looking over my latest finds, this drops out of the Raider's album cover...

An Elvis 45 (45 rpm, kids) from 1964 featuring the songs Suspicion and Kiss me Quick.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not interested in the supernatural and instead prefer to think of myself as a rational freethinker. I don't think Elvis' ghost was trying to send me a message. I chalk this up to nothing more than pure coincidence and it really has no greater meaning, but it was kinda cool. Now if it had been Elvis' 78th birthday, I might see it differently (LPs run at 78 rpms, kids) - just kidding. Anyway, I'm guessing that this event is at least as likely as the plot from Fun In Acapulco actually happening.

Happy New Year Everyone!
Happy Birthday Elvis!


Dan Corey said...

Wow, great story! and beautiful paintings also

Bill Cramer said...

Cruising the thrift stores can yield many rewards and surprises. However, finding Elivis was unique. (Scored some vintage Miles Davis the other day!) Glad you like the art, too.