History with Elvis

Coming January it would be just 20 years to Elvis’s 100th Birthday.  That thought came to me last night at Miss Saigon (a thousand true stories.)  All I remembered from the first time were the helicopter and the faces of abandoned children.  I felt my soul feel the hurt of them all, including my own.  That first time it was closer and so was I, veteran of a different campaign in Southeast Asia: same same, but different.  Now I feel full of history.

The Fifties were sixty years ago.  Poison dwarfs wrecked the movie-house on Delamere at the first screening of Rock Around the Clock.  Bob Mitchum got punched by a husband in the Long Bar.  Elvis Presley became the best-known name in the world without the benefit of Twitter, Facebook, Fox or Sky.  The Thirties seemed like a really distant past, too far back to picture.  None of us had any idea of what the future, the Sixties, would be like.  I had a picture, when I thought about it, which was rarely, of a continuation of the time that we knew.  Elvis changed all that.

The King is dead.  Long live the King.

About Kris Deva North

Author, Meditation Coach, Teacher of the Taoist Arts.
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