About 20 years ago, I took my first after school job at McDonald’s in Yazoo City.
It was the first time I ever learned the value of a hard-earned dollar. I made $5.15 an hour, so it wasn’t much.
I did, however, put the money to its best use possible and bought a bunch of music with it.
I had a friend who had a music collection most only dream of. I met Mike through my brother Chris, who was a novice in radio at the time.
Mike had once owned radio stations but had since fallen on harder times.
Some weekends, Mike would hold a fire sale that only I was privy to, and I would go to his house with my brother and pick through his CDs and records.
Most of my CD, and a good bit of my old record collection, exists today because of those purchases two decades ago.
My exhaustive Beatles collection came from Mike, as well as a lot of Dylan and other stuff.
Still in my collection today are three prized Elvis boxed sets, two of which came with a full collection of Elvis stamps.
I didn’t grow up listening to Elvis.
In fact, for a kid in the early 90s, the character of Elvis had kind of morphed into a cartoonish image.
Over a dozen actors tried to play The King in made-for-TV movies and the big screen alike.
No one did it without the exaggerated sideburns and the Vegas glitter that would personify the man after his death.
It wasn’t until I put these CDs into my boom box that I realized there was much more to Elvis Presley than the media was portraying.
This guy was darn talented, and he did not miss notes.
He didn’t write much of his own music, but what he lacked in singer-songwriter ability, he more than made up for in performance ability.
I honestly don’t think I have ever put on an Elvis record and not liked what I heard. He could sing anything.
Shortly after that, I started watching his movies, and through films like King Creole and Jailhouse Rock, I came to realize that he was a talented actor as well.
I remember VH-1 showing the 68 Comeback Special and just how impressive he was during that concert.
I also watched Aloha From Hawaii on that channel as well.
It’s thrilling that Indianola is going to be treated to an Elvis show this weekend.
There will be two performances.
One is Friday night at 7 and the other Sunday at 2 p.m.
I was born in 1982, so there was no chance I was ever going to see Elvis in person.
I have no doubt, however, that Indianola’s own Joe Forrester will provide an experience of a lifetime and will put me as close to the real thing as I’ll ever be.
Tickets are still on sale at the Crown this week, so if you’re in town, be sure to check out at least one of the shows.