Saturday, October 15, 2011

I've Got A Thing About You Baby

Today we celebrated our daughter's first birthday together with family and friends. Though she didn't receive any Elvis gifts like she did a year ago, his music was of course playing in the background.

And speaking of Elvis, I couldn't help looking up how he celebrated Lisa Marie's first birthday. According to Elvis Day By Day the celebration took place in Aspen on a ski-and-snowmobile vacation.

Then, while leafing through the adjacent pages, it hit me how many important and crucial career moves Elvis made during the year following Lisa Marie's birth.
  • He proceeded to make movies in a more adult vein (Live A Little, Love A Little, Charro! and The Trouble With Girls).
  • He did his 1968 Elvis television special, later referred to as the '68 Comeback Special.
  • He (or rather the Colonel) accepted a deal to perform at the yet-to-be-built International Hotel in Las Vegas in July 1969.
  • He choose to record at American Studios in Memphis instead of Nashville, cutting songs such as "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds," the latter turning out to be his first number-one hit since 1962.
Looking back at my own year since our daughter was born, I'm of course nowhere near an impressive score like that. Still, it's been the greatest time of my life, becoming a father and spending time with my daughter. And Elvis continues to take a part in my life as well.

1 comment:

Troy Y. said...

Happy birthday to your daughter!

You're right, the times from February 1, 1968, through January 31, 1969, were certainly busy and key moments for Elvis. He may have indeed found some new inspiration in the birth of Lisa Marie.

I love that quick moment where he references her in the ELVIS outtakes. An audience member yells something like, "Elvis, tell us about your daughter." And he says, "Well, she's little!" before launching into a line from (I believe, going from memory here) "Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me."