Monday, January 9, 2017

Music Monday - Suspicious Minds

Yesterday would have been the 82nd birthday of Elvis Presley.

In some ways, Elvis is timeless.  Although he died in 1977, he is still beloved.  I remember that my former next door neighbor's son, who is in his mid 20's now grew up as a big Elvis fan.

A music group I belong to on Facebook posted Elvis videos all day yesterday, so I decided to take a little informal poll of my readers.

Are you an Elvis fan?

If you are, what was your favorite Elvis song?

Here's mine.  "Suspicious Minds" was Elvis' last number one hit in the States, released in 1969.  It's interesting to note this wasn't even his original song - it had previously been recorded by its writer, Mark James, who also wrote "Hooked on a Feeling", a hit by B. J. Thomas, among other songs.

So, I decided to look up Mark James' version of the song - and, here it is.

It's a good song, but Elvis nailed it.  The song is a universal song - about a dysfunctional relationship.  It begins "We're caught in a trap/I can't walk out..." and, indeed, Elvis knew what the song was talking about.

But time goes on.  Elvis would have been 82 yesterday, and his ex wife, Priscilla, who is still alive, is 71.

Day nine of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful song...I am listening to it now.....Music is a great way to connect.....

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    1. It is a wonderful way to connect. Music from different cultures is different, but it touches us in the same parts of us.

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  2. This is one of my favorite songs! While it is a classic, I really also enjoy the remake by the Fine Young Cannibals back in 1986. Their video is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2aha4uEpEQ

    Thanks for letting me start my day off upbeat (even though it is a sad song!)

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    1. Fine Young Cannibals - I have to admit I don't know much beyond "She Drives Me Crazy" so I listened. It's an excellent cover.

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  3. I thought it was about our feelings about Trump...
    Seriously, though, there is a flow at my coffee shop who is obsessed with Presley. G-d help him.

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    1. It could be worse - I know you aren't an Elvis fan. But I think this song was perfect for him.

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  4. I love the 1980s Fine Young Cannibals cover of Suspicious Minds. One of my favorites.

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    1. I heard it today (see above comment) I agree it was an excellent cover.

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  5. My favorite Elvis song is "Can't Help Falling In Love". It's so soothing to me, maybe because I remember my dad singing it around the house when I was young. Suspicious Minds is so fun to sing along to, my husband and I have a lot of fun with it when it comes on the radio.

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    1. Can't Help Falling in Love is a great song, too.

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  6. Always loved this song..................

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    1. I loved htis song from the first time I heard it.

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  7. Love the song you chose. I'm not a fan of Elvis, but don't dislike his music either. He's one of those artist where I react to specific songs but not the body of his work.

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    1. I'm not an Elvis fanatic, but researching this post made me realize how many of his songs I enjoy. Of course, his output was massive.

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  8. I love Elvis! My favourite Elvis is: I Can't Help Falling in Love With You. Mmmmm . . .

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  9. My favorite Elvis song is "Kentucky Rain." Love the story of a guy walking through the rain looking for his beloved after she's run away.

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    1. Kentucky Rain is another song in my Elvis top 10. Great choice!

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  10. My favourite Elvis song Tomorrow Is A Long Time. Originally a Bob Dylan track, Elvis adds something that Dylan missed. (Not sure if this is still true but) I once read that Dylan said this was his favourite cover of one of his songs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_HzZrOGlRk

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    1. I had not heard of this Elvis song - he has such a large catalog, and I'm only a casual listener, but this is now on my top 10 Elvis. What a vocal performance that was.

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  11. I love Suspicious Minds too. When I hear it I think I could be a back up singer, no I could not but I like to dream!

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  12. I remember when he died. A friend of mine called me and told me...I said..."Do you mean thy Elvis Presley" and yes it was.
    I was junior in high school
    Coffee is on

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