In Belgium the most succesful and well known rock/pop/tv magazine is called Humo
. Each week they feature different interesting interviews with worldartists like Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, you name it.
This week: Lisa Marie Presley. She says some interesting things. Some of you may already have this info, but for those among you who haven't, here are some brief excerpts (translated into English to the best of my possibillities
"My father used to grab me sometimes and then he put me on the living table and let me sing a song for everybody. I can't remember what people thought of that. I did it for him in the first place. To make him proud. He really beamed
then [glowed with pride]."
question: did you love your father's music?
"I loved his music. I found it very exciting to be on tour with him. When he entered the stage, I went completely crazy."
"But I also liked David and Shaun Cassidy and also Elton John
Once I had asked for a few Elton John albums for Christmas. My father was there when I opened the package, and he didn't really like it. "Who the hell is this son of a bitch?", and he stormed out of the room. Thereupon he personally got himself some Elton John records. He was determined to know in whose music - next to his own music - his daughter could be interested in. I even think he went to a concert [of Elton John] , just to check out what kind of man Elton John was (laughs)."
question: do you ever put on a record of your father?
"I have to be in the mood for it. I have a fondness for his work from the seventies, because I experienced this period myself. You know I especially like the sad songs, the dark things that weren't particularly radio-hits: Mary in the Morning. In The Ghetto. Just Pretend. Solitaire.
These are my favorites."
question: do you still visit Graceland?
"Sometimes, yes. My father's cooks also come then, and make the soul food
that they used to eat there: fried chicken, peas, mashed potatoes and cornbread. I also always go upstairs then. Nothing has changed there, nothing has been touched since his death. It's a very painful but also a very comforting surrounding. On the top floor, which isn't available for the public, is my room next to his. It's pretty scary. Like a shrine. Usually I go upstairs on my own. I get a lot of comfort out of that surrounding. The books, the video's, everything is still there: The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Pink Panther, Bruce Lee. All his video's are still there. Also all his records."
This was abrief excerpt from this interview. I will provide a link to Humo's website here very soon.
taken from: Humo, onafhankelijk weekblad voor Radio en TV - 13 mei 2003 nr. 21/3271, pp. 18-24.