The Quickening is a term used in Evangelical circles as a reference to the signs of the approaching Apocalypse (Armageddon). Christ referred to the signs of the End Of Days (earthquakes, wars, famine, natural and man-made disasters, etc) being accelerated as the Day of Judgement approached. These events would occur with greater intensity
and with far greater rapidity
as the End Of The Age grew near. This escalating deluge of events......each one followed ever more quickly by another, and another, and another, is the reason the term "Quickening" became such an apt description of this future era.
I have watched for years for the signs of the End Of The Elvis Age as well. We all have known (since that fateful day in August of 1977) that somewhere off in the future would come a time where the signs of the end of this
Age would come too......with greater and greater intensity, and with greater and greater rapidity. I believe the evidence clearly shows that we have crossed the threshold into the End Of The Elvis Age. Not as far as his influence or cultural impact. His influence will reverberate endlessly.
But it is inarguably true that much of what his own feet trod upon, what his own eyes gazed upon, what his own hands touched (as well as the people whose own hands and lives ultimately touched him and were touched by him), are slipping inexorably away. At first, slowly. But now with alarming frequency.
What I am referring to is the end of all that was tangibly
a part of his Age. The buildings, the milieu, and most tragically of all......the people. All that Elvis himself
would have recognised as familiar, and dear, and inextricably a part of who he was and what had shaped him as a person......is turning to dust before our very eyes.
Ever more rapidly. Ever more tragically. Sad loss upon accelerating sad loss. An unstoppable, accelerating, run-away Mystery Train filled with the people and places and surroundings that were a reflection of, and irreplaceable link to, The Man.
We all watched that Train first jump its tracks on that humid Tuesday in August 1977. We've all witnessed it picking up speed as it hurtled toward its date with oblivion. We've all known that this day must surely come.....
The train rolled slowly at first.
Vernon. Dodger. Vester.....
It accelerated as the years rolled past. We likely only acknowledged it subconsciously as it picked up speed.
Delta, Al Strada, Tom Parker.....
But today, the Train has truly become something of a blur.....accelerating wildly toward it's final destination.
J.D. Sumner, Richard Davis, Al Dvorin, Pauline Nicholson, Janelle McComb....
This, my friends, is The Quickening.
And how many must we sadly and reluctantly admit are soon destined to board that Mystery Train??? How many must shortly redeem their tickets and find their seats among those who preceeded them?? How long before that next ticket is punched......and how short the span of time before the next
in line after hears the "All Aboard!!!",
and seeks their place in the ever more rapidly filling Train ???
And how much longer before the Train has reached its capacity, and the passenger manifest is filled, and all the seats are at long last taken?? How much longer before The Mystery Train and its precious cargo fades finally and irretrievably from sight, hidden by the mists of time and legend??
How many of us will still be here to mark the day when The Elvis Age has finally ended, and when all who could proudly say "I was there" are finally silenced apart from the written and visual records they have left behind??
There is a Day approaching us when all the questions that remained unanswered, must remain unanswered forever. When all that will be left to those of us who lived through the Elvis Age will be the memories we have of The Man,and the memories we have made among each other. All that we will have that is strictly our own will be the unique and indelible mark he made upon each of us.
Yes, it will be an unutterably sad day when the Mystery Train finally passes into the fog of history......
But for those of us who rode along beside her for all these years......it will have been one HELL
of a ride.
Last edited by Scatter on Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:08 am, edited 1 time in total.