Elvis Week 2008 – August 9th – 17th

August 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The Olympics are dominating most of the headlines the past few days, but yesterday also marks the kickoff of an annual event back here in the states. August 9 was the official start of this year’s Elvis Week in Memphis which runs until the 17th and is comprised of a multitiude of daily events to commemorate Elvis Presley‘s death in 1977. The pinnacle of the week is an all night candlelight vigil where thousands of devotees from around the world gather to file solemnly past the gravesite at Graceland. I had the opportunity to witness this annual gathering once and it is indeed something to behold. It is now even run live on a webcast each year. The devotion and emotions that Elvis inspires in people more than thirty years after his death is truly awe inspiring.

So to soundtrack the week I put together a quick Elvis mini mix for you.

Elvis Presley – That’s Alright Mama
Elvis Presley – Baby Let’s Play House
Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
Elvis Presley – Treat Me Nice
Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight ?
Elvis Presley – Burning Love
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

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While You Were All Here, I Was Walking In Memphis

January 26, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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So after nearly a week of no posts you’re probably wondering what’s up at Bag Of Songs, I no internet access to update during the week so I’ll kind of summarize with some photos and a little accompanying mini mix for you today. The beginning of the week started off having to get upo at 4:00 AM in lovely freezing 10 degree weather to board a 7:00 AM flight to Memphis for a work trip. Arrived right on time and spent the morning seeing a bit of Memphis and then checked into my hotel to await the arrival of my coworkers who were all on later flights. As the hours passed and no one arrived it became pretty obvious that their flights into Memphis didn’t go nearly as smoothly as mine, taking anywhere from 7 to 12 hours for a 2 and half hour trip. The next morning brought another extra special treat, a fire alarm going off in our hotel at 7:00 AM. Everyone had to climb down the stairs and evacuate the building until the firemen arrived and the all clear was given to re-enter. Thankfully there was no big fire, just a smoke alarm going off for some reason or other. Wednesday night was my birthday and a group of my friends joined me for a night out on the town on Beale Street, Memphis equivalent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where a great time was had by all. Thursday night was the trip home arriving in Philadelphia just in time to head over to the North Star Bar and catch a set by the always amazing Jealous Girlfriends. Finally, after that it was arrival home.

The White Stripes – In The Cold Cold Night
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Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
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Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
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Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel
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Dr. Dog – Worst Trip
Buy We All Belong
James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire
Buy People Gonna Talk
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Fire Engine
Buy I Have Always Been Here Before
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Buy Happy Birthday
Big Star – Thank You Friends
Buy Third/Sister Lovers
Jealous Girlfriends – How Now
More Jealous Girlfriends
Eric Lichter – Home
Buy Chorduroy

Jealous Girlfirends photo by Carly Marcoux

Christmas Song Of The Day 24

December 24, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Another freedom of choice edition today, a couple versions of Blue Christmas. California style from Chris Isaak and the classic version from Elvis Presley. Good luck with any last minute shopping you may have to do today.

Day 24-A: Chris Isaak – Blue Christmas
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Day 24-B: Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
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LAST DAY to enter the holiday cd giveaway. THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who’s left comments and sent emails so far I’ll be picking winner tomorrow morning. Just comment or send me an email to bagofsongs@gmail.com with “Xmas Contest” in the subject to enter. Happy Holidays !

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Christmas Song Of The Day 10

December 10, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Keeping with the Monday blues theme, here’s a soulful rendition of Merry Christmas Baby by the one and only Mr. Elvis Presley.

Day 10: Elvis Presley – Merry Christmas Baby
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30th Annual Elvis Week August 11th-19th 2007

August 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this at least once this week. This is the 30th annual Elvis Week commemorating his untimely death in Memphis on August 16th, 1977. Taking place from August 11th – 19th this year, with Wednesday the 15th being the night of the annual candle light vigil at Graceland. Back in 2001, I happened to be in Memphis during Elvis week and was able to witness this event firsthand. It’s an outpouring of fan love and adoration that is pretty amazing to see.

The Candlelight Vigil
At 8:30 PM there is an opening ceremony at the gates of the Graceland Mansion property. Then, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’s gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’s passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 PM. Prior to Elvis Week, posted here will be a link to the text of the special information and guidelines flyer for the vigil that is handed out at Graceland during Elvis Week.


Happy Birthday EP

January 8, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Today we celebrate the birthday of The King, Elvis Presley, who would have been 72 today.

Viva Las Christmas

December 13, 2006 by · 2 Comments
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In honor of this week’s Elvis Presley themed episode of the NBC show Las Vegas, TV Guide is including a special Elvis Presley holiday CD with this week’s issue. It includes a video of Blue Christmas, assorted Elvis pictures and a special unreleased song entitled It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You. There are 4 different versions of the CD artwork to collect. Get ’em while you can.

MP3: Elvis Presley – It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You