The 35th anniversary of Elvis Presely’s death

Elvis Presley

Little known fact, I’m named after two famous people; a movie star and a rock star. My first name is Robert, and I’m named after Robert Redford. My middle name is Aaron, after the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley. To that effect, I was raised on the music and movies of Elvis, watching Blue Hawaii or listening to Elvis during X-mas time. In honor of it being the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Elvis songs, In The Ghetto. It was a serious, more somber song for the King, and the message being pretty grim. From Wikipedia:

It is a narrative of a generational poverty: a boy child is born to a mother who already has more children than she can feed in the ghetto of Chicago; the boy grows up hungry, steals and fights, purchases a gun and steals a car, attempts to run, but is shot and killed just as his own son is born, with the strong implication that the newborn’s fate will be the same as his father’s and the circle unbroken. The feeling of an inescapable circle is created by the structure of the song, with its simple, stark phrasing; by the repetition of the phrase “in the ghetto” as the close of every fourth line; and finally by the repetition of the first verse’s “and his mama cries” just before the beginning and as the close of the last verse.

Also, if you’re Rdio I’d suggest listening to this old Elvis album called Sunshine, which is a collection of his Sun Records recordings. He recorded these between 1953 and 1955, but they still sound amazing and timeless.

August 16, 2012