Inspiring Lives #1: Elvis

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Inspiring Trait: Focus.

While Elvis’s raw talent has obviously touched millions of lives, the moment in his life that I find most inspiring happened not long before he died.  By this time, so much had been lost to him: his marriage, his child, his self-control, his looks, his health, his grip on his talent.

But in performance, he still had moments when

what made him Elvis lived again.  

One of those moments is captured in the video below.  It’s an intense struggle for him to perform this song, Unchained Melody, the finale of what was to be his final concert.  Look at how every muscle is straining and sweat is falling into his eyes from the effort.  But note too that smile he bestows upon his aide as he settles into the song, sensing that this time he won’t fall apart as he had in previous concerts, that this time he will do it justice.  

Watch how he focusses in to ensure that he does.

And join with him in that ”Yep!” of artistic satisfaction at the end.  A cry of freedom, during that moment, from his demons. 

Click Here to Watch: Elvis to the End

 

5 Comments in “Inspiring Lives #1: Elvis”

  1. September 22nd, 2008 at 8:48 am
    Orna Ross Says:

    Great article, Karen. Thanks for that. Didn’t know you were such an Elvis fan.

  2. September 19th, 2008 at 3:38 pm
    Karen Lotter Says:

    http://rockmusic.suite101.com/article.cfm/elvis_week_remembering_elvis_presley

    Nowhere can the creative life of Elvis be seen more lovingly than at Graceland, the home he bought in 1957 when he was only 22.

    He always gave everything.

  3. September 18th, 2008 at 9:54 pm
    Orna Ross Says:

    Welcome Willow. I landed on your site through Caroline’s little black box.

    Liane, Your launch party was a blast — what a great idea. We had a good time here in Dublin too — no beach, no cocktails, no balmy sunshine, no music, but a good time, honestly! hope Cafe Au Lait is flying off the shelves.

  4. September 18th, 2008 at 8:10 pm
    Liane Spicer Says:

    Orna, thanks for joining the launch party on my blog! It was wonderful!

    Hope you enjoyed your launch on the 8th!

  5. September 18th, 2008 at 12:43 am
    Willow Says:

    Hi Orna, thanks for stopping by my place today! I’m going to stay awhile and browse your site…