ALTERNATE TAKE #7
With Steve Barile
I replace the word sex with the word greed in this
title simply because at the present moment, I am not in the mood.
However, if you are of the female gender and agree with the following
diatribe, you will receive my full attention.
If you are of the male persuasion and agree with the ensuing viewpoints,
I compliment your intellect. Those
of you who may find yourselves in total disagreement are simply shallow and
But seriously folks, one of the most disconcerting
aspects of being a veteran Elvis fan has been the recent level of deception and
greed that I’ve encountered in the Elvis world which is reminiscent of the
concert 70’s when deception and greed were almost necessary and understandable
considering the rewards might mean a front row seat or any seat for that matter. We
fans were always ruthlessly competing with each other for better seats to a show
or any chance of a glimpse of Elvis in the flesh.
I miss those days. I miss
Elvis. The cold truth is none of us will ever again lay our eyes on
Elvis in the flesh. Ever!
Any thought to the contrary is merely a delusion.
Remaining mindful of the fact that there is absolutely no substitute for
Elvis in the flesh, let us examine the short list of tangibles that come only
remotely close to the live experience, with which we can still draw pleasure.
1. Celluloid images
The next generation of “ fans ” won’t care or even recognize an unpublished photo. It won’t matter what he’s wearing in a photo or when and where a photo was taken, thereby greatly diminishing the value of your precious photos and transparencies. The hoarders know who they are. This is the behavior I find most irritating and problematic. If not for the likes of me ( and a few others who remain ) to offer the level of appreciation these transparencies deserve, they will be rendered worthless. Surely any of you reading this who love Elvis, his image and recorded voice as I do, would agree that we are all in this together. Life is short. Why not help put a smile on each others faces and finally consider sharing in the true spirit of Elvis? Our collections would grow tenfold. I will be first in line at a buyers, sellers, traders and hoarders convention. Remember, no one ever gets out of this world alive. What will it all mean in the end? Help restore meaning and bring back the fun and delight of our obsession. I anxiously wait to hear from my fellow fans and friends who I may have reached with these words. Again, accolades to those who continue to make the real Elvis available.