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Life is precious. I know this and my family lives every day like it could be the last one because no one knows. Today, my special “Elvis” friend, Diamond Joe Esposito’s wife, Martha, passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.
Just four days ago my Mama and I received this: “Martha, who has been facing cancer for several years, is bedridden in a hospital bed at home. She started getting weaker a few weeks ago and was having a lot of trouble eating. She has had significant weight loss over the past month, getting down to less than 80 pounds at this point. She is now on morphine to control her pain. Her friends are taking shifts spending the night on the couch next to her. Please keep her in your prayers, as she is declining by the day.” So we knew it was coming, but still it is so sad because she was really the sunshine in Joe’s life. You can see that in this picture. Family really is the most important thing in the world.
Please send your prayers to my friend Joe and his family. TCB
I am excited to be on the receiving side on an interview. Dmitry is my new friend that I met at Yanik Silver’s Underground 8 Online Marketing Seminar. He was one of the other young entrepreneurs who was there.
Here is the interview:
Dmitry is Inspiring and Educating Youth to create lives of Freedom, Passion, and Purpose through Entrepreneurship. Learn more about him at his website.
Thanks Dmitry, it was so cool to meet you and I hope we create something together to help youth everywhere!
The seminar is closing but the spark has been created. From some of my notes, I wanted to share some of what I learned at Underground, I learned how to create apps, the importance of gamifying, different ways to incorporate social media into your blog and that you need email addresses and not fans, so your LIST is most important.
I learned that you never sell affiliates on the benefits but on the strength of the product itself. To make sure your give feedback to others and that it is so important to do research, especially on your competitors. Always to think about “what would google say”. Never to listen to the small voice in your head that says “I cannot do it” because you can. You can never solve a “why to” problem with a “how to” solution.
I learned that everything connects to SEO and how you name things for search engine optimization. A good lesson to stay on focus is to write down what you are doing every 15 minutes and you will see where you waste the most time. A team is always important, so build a superstar team. And finally, if you spend all of your time doing what everyone else is, you will never learn or create anything new.
Seeing all of my friends who were asking me about my newest adventures, I feel inspired to make more videos and blog posts. I realize that these kinds of events are like school for me and I really want to attend more events and I want to give back, so I am looking for a superstar team to help me reach even more children like me.
I got to see, listen to, learn from and meet some awesome people like Brendon Burchard, Mike Filsaime, Robert Hirsch, Matt Gallant, Shelby Larson, Ewa Wysocka, Chad Mureta, Dustin Maher, Noah Kagan, Glen & Natalie Ledwell, Brian Horn, Noah St. John, AJ Roberts, Greg Jerum and so many others.
I have to take this moment to share that the pictures you see are taken with my tablet. Zanna and my mom were not at this event, so no one was there to remind me to take pictures or to take them. Zanna rarely gets the credit, but she is the one behind everything I do. She records everything and is so awesome with the camera and the video. She and my mom really are the support team behind Zynnia TV and being at this event without them (and without the usual awesome pictures I can post and share) I really realize even more how important and special they are. THANK YOU ZANNA AND THANK YOU MAMA!
Thank goodness Joe got this nice picture of us.
Wow! There are over 500 people here and so many of my friends from Awesomeness Fest! Vishen and several of the people from MindValley, Craig H and his boys, William Lee, Jim from Board Meetings, Sammy T, Juicy Geniuses, Landon Ray, Natalie and Glen Ledwell, Amish Shah, Jonathan Budd, Robert Hirsch, and of course, Yanik Silver. It is so cool to re-connect with all of my friends and make new ones.
I picked up my secret agent swag bag and I am ready to learn!
I am so happy and grateful to be here and I know I will learn so much that will help me to be a better person.
Thank you Yanik!
I cannot believe that I am in Washington D.C. I am so lucky because my family supports everything I do, so getting here became a family road trip. We rented a car with a roomy back seat and the drive included lots of Elvis CD’s to keep us driving. This is the first time I will be at the Capital and I am excited to spend time in such a city.
I usually attend events with my mother and sister, but this time I will attend this one alone with my brother Zack. I am so used to my mom and sister being there, it will be different. Zack is very excited. I hope people will see the value of his Immersion Mastery and that they will help him turn it into a product because lots of people are asking for that. He is one of the coolest people I know. I am excited and I already love Crystal City where the event is taking place. It was really cool to drive through several states within a matter of minutes while we were exploring the D.C. area. And yes, the pentagon is huge. I read on wikipedia that it has over 17 miles of corridors! That is a lot of hallway space.
I’ll keep you posted!
I just got the news that I am attending Yanik Silver’s Underground 8 Online Seminar. For those of you who do not know what this is, here is a bit from their website:
“The Underground Online Seminar® provides high-level Internet marketing information from real-world, in-the-trenches speakers quietly making their fortunes online. Topics covered include selling content, e-commerce, SEO, email marketing, blogging, Social media, CPA networks, domaining, mobile marketing and much more.
Not only does the content and unique experience make Underground® different but the top-notch attendees and presenters including Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Mike Faith, CEO of Headsets.com (a $30M company), Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.com, Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs.com, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ted Leonsis, AOL Internet pioneer, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org and Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com among others. Each event attracts 400+ serious online entrepreneurs coming from all over the globe. They come because the Underground® has become the Can’t Miss event for learning, networking and deal-making.”
This is such an amazing honor and special event. I am very happy to have this special assignment.
I met Yanik Silver in Maui at Awesomeness Fest 2011 and I am sooooooooo excited to hear that I will be going to Washington DC to represent the youngest entrepreneurs. What an honor and a joy!
I was looking at some Elvis things on youtube after watching Elvis By the Presleys and I found this really cool four part movie which was even better than the DVD I watched because it went so deep into Elvis and his twin brother Jesse. I wanted to share the whole set here for all of my ETA and Elvis friends.
On January 8, 1935 Gladys Presley gave birth to twins. Jesse Garon, and Elvis Aron in a tiny shack in Tupelo Mississippi. Jesse Garon was stillborn and announced dead at birth. Elvis Aron lived, and was happy and healthy. Eye witness’s state in Elaine Dundy’s book “Elvis & Gladys” that Jesse was placed in a box on a table while Gladys gave birth to Elvis. Neighbors who came by to pay their respects, are unable to describe the deceased infant. It is unknown if Jesse and Elvis were identical twins or not. There is a historical discrepancy in print regarding his grave site. It is said that he was buried in an unmarked grave at Priceville Memorial Gardens, a Tupelo cemetary. But, it is listed in some books that there is ‘no’ marker, and other books say there is a marker which is ‘un-marked’.
People who visit the the Priceville Cemetery, say that you can sense and feel Elvis’ loneliness each time he visited his twin brother Jesse Garon. Again, no one knows for sure the exact spot where he was buried, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Just knowing that Elvis would return here time and again, sadly until his fame would no longer allow him that privilege, is enough to make it an important stop in exploring who Elvis was and how he missed his twin, Jesse.
I’ve heard that Elvis suffered greatly throughout his life being a twin-less twin. The condition is heartbreaking and more or less, untreatable. Twins have a bond inside the womb that is irreplaceable when one twin dies, thus adding difficulty to the childhood of the surviving twin. This is likely to have contributed to a number or Elvis’s personality traits, strengths, weaknesses etc.
Jesse Garon’s remains were never moved to Memphis. To this day, he is still buried in an un (or no) marked grave in Tupelo. A headstone in his honor sits at Graceland. But, the memorial headstone is not placed next to his father, mother, brother, or grandmother.
From the video description: Many people do not know that Elvis Presley was born a twin. His brother died at birth, so Elvis is what is referred to as a “twinless twin”. Throughout his life, Elvis read over a thousand different books, encompassing a wide range of subjects related to philosophy, spiritual teachings and esoteric arts. Those close to him say he was always asking “why me” and searching for deeper meaning in life.
Watch the videos in order because they tell a story. The whole set is about 40 minutes.
I love my sister and my brother and my mom. I cried when I watched this. It made me so sad to think about how alone he felt even when he was surrounded by a world full of people that loved him. This show reminded me how lucky we who have our families are and made me grateful for their love and support.
How did it make you feel?
This past weekend, I attended a really cool event at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The event is called the Elvis Extravaganza and it has been going on for at least 6 years at the fairgrounds. We saw and met about 30 ETA’s (Elvis Tribute Artists) and a lot of fans from all over the world.
It was really cool to listen to all of the stories of the fans too, remembering their special time when they saw or met Elvis. We got there at around 1pm and they had two one hour shows, at 3pm and at 6pm. We stayed in the theater the whole time. Who could leave with so many awesome Elvis fans around. They had vendors and I got some pins, a magazine, a purse and a t-shirt! But better, I got to meet people that worked with Elvis and knew so many cool things about him. This wasn’t like any other event I have ever been too where people kind of stay to themselves. Not at all! The fans all loved to meet each other and share stories and make plans for future events.
The shows were awesome too. We got to see all kinds of Elvises. Short, tall, young, old, light, dark, thin and wide – they came in all shapes and sizes! But they all had one thing in common, their love for the King of Rock’n Roll. I was very lucky that I was invited to the special fans VIP party on both Saturday and Sunday night. So I had a chance to see them sing and perform even more (from 7 until about midnight!) and better yet – I got to interview not one, not two, not three but FIFTEEN of them!
I have to say, they were all so nice and friendly so they not only wear Elvis’ style clothes and costumes and perform the songs, but they also are living examples of how much he loved his fans and I felt like a special princess all night, both nights, what a treat!
All of the interviews are below, in alphabetical order because I could not choose a favorite – they were all so very special. So please CLICK EACH NAME BELOW to be taken to a video of their interview with me.
I also wanted to congratulate the winners, though I think they were ALL winners.
You can see almost 100 pictures from the event
at my FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM
Thanks guys – and remember to keep me posted on when I can see you again!
Steven lives in Oviedo, Florida. He was so sweet and my grandma absolutely fell in love with his moves. He was the prettiest Elvis and the DJ even said something about eye candy and everyone knew it was Steven. The ladies all loved how he wiggled and flirted with them. Steven started listening to Elvis at an early age because his mother was a huge Elvis fan. (hmmm, that sounds familiar) He remembers the day Elvis died. He was only seven years old and saw his mama crying. Steven prayed to God and told his Mom, he would be Elvis for her, she started to smile and gave him a big hug. Steven will never forget that day as long as he lives.
“I enjoy entertaining people and giving them that feeling that Elvis would have given them when he was on stage. Elvis loved and adored his fans and if it were not for them, he would not be such a cultural Icon. I feel the same way with all my fans. Because if it were not for them, I would not be here today performing in his likeness. They are the best! As Elvis stated at the end of each show, “Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me, thank you and good night”. ~ Steven Gillis
Thank you Steven! I hope I see you again sometime.
Ted lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a singer, actor, songwriter, musician and one of the Top 5 tribute artists in the world! He acquired this title in Memphis Tennessee in August of 2011 at the Ultimate Elvis competition organized by Elvis Enterprises.
Among his accolades he has been named “Best vocalist” and received an award for it at “The Las Vegas Hilton” stage where Elvis himself performed for many years.Ted has also taken his act internationally by performing tours of Japan & Singapore. He has performed as part of a tour in Canada as well.Ted has won many major contests around the United States and has performed with many of Elvis’ original band members including D.J Fontana,The Jordanaires,The Sweet Inspirations and many more! I was happy he took some time to give me this interview!
When you hear his clips on his website page (below) You will know why they say “his vocals are the closest to Elvis you will ever hear.”
Thank you Ted! I hope I see you again some time soon!
Patrick Sebastian was born in Kolcata, India and moved to England at age 12. From a young age Patrick was influenced by the charisma and vocal styling of the Legendary King both in his movies and his records. He wanted to be just like Elvis when he grew up or at least be able to perform on stage. When he turned of age, Patrick enlisted in the Navy to serve and travelled around quite a bit. Patrick’s singing career took off back in the early 1970’s when he returned home and became the lead singer of an English rock group at which time he performed a number of Elvis songs.
Patrick’s performance captures the crowds of Elvis fans old & young alike and has performed in several countries including England & Australia as well as performances in Eastern Africa. Currently Patrick is living and performing out of the Orlando area under the moniker “Elvis, like it is” and is especially known for his G.I. Blues rendition in which he pays tribute to not only the king but to all men and women who have spent time in service to their country.
Thank you Patrick! I hope I see you again sometime.
John Aaron is from Lakeland, Florida. We sat behind his mom during his show and that was really fun because we got to share in her excitement too. She is so proud of him, and she should be because he was really good. He came and talked to us and later was able to give me this interview. Enjoy!
Thank you John Aaron! I hope I see you again sometime.
Jerome was voted Best Look-a-Like at the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza. He is so nice and when he gets the microphone, he really knows how to use it. Also, when I walked around for the two days, he was always there, meeting and greeting the people, taking pictures and giving hugs. He was really, really nice.
Jerome is a DJ and his facebook albums show almost everyone who’s who in country music. It is clear that he loves what he does and shares that love with everyone he meets.
Thank you Jerome! I hope I see you again sometime.
I love Jason Baglio from Independence, Louisiana! He was so nice and he paid special attention to me (which I always love). He performed a young Elvis and even though I love all of the Elvis times, I think young Elvis is my favorite. Jason won the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza for Best Sound-a-Like and I am happy for him because he is a really nice man.
Jason performs as an Elvis Tribute Artist full time and right now things in his entertainment career couldn’t be much better! He loves his wife Michelle and his Children Trace, Shilah, and Heidi unconditionally and could not image his life without them!
Thank you Jason! I hope I see you again sometime.
GaryElvis was born and raised in the Deep South in Mobile, Alabama and now lives on a farm with his wife in Plant City, Florida. He was really very nice and he gave a wonderful show. GaryElvis travels to over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada every year, performing and competing for Elvis fans. His specialty is singing the power ballads as well as the 70′s Vegas and touring years performances.
GaryElvis has had numerous 1st place and top 10 finishes in most of his 200+ major U.S. and Canadian Elvis contests since July, 2000, make him one sought out, crowd pleasing entertainer. GaryElvis constantly works on his craft. He’s happy to be a Christian married man who anyone can count on to please all ages. He prides himself on being able to connect with all audiences and he connected with me quite well.
Thank you GaryElvis, I hope I see you again sometime.
Eric is from Hudson Valley, New York. He has always loved listening to and watching Elvis Perform and trying to sound and act just like the king even as A child. Eric started portraying Elvis professionally around 1982 after getting married to his wife Ruth. The couple then moved to Las Vegas NV where Eric performed as a tribute artist for 7 years playing several major hotels on the strip as well as Freemont Street in Las Vegas!
Eric was great with the microphone in his hands. He called me and my sister Zanna up on stage and made us take the Elvis oath… so now we are official. He has also had the great privilege of being an opening act for quite a few major recording artists, and the Fabulous Legends in Concert on the strip!
Thank you Eric! I hope I see you again sometime.
Doug was raised on Elvis music and he loves the fun of playing Elvis. He’s been doing this for about 6 years. He did a good job at the fair and looked like he was having a great time.
Unfortunately, Doug does not have a facebook or website at this time. If that changes and you hear about it first, please let me know so I can update this page.
Thank you Doug! I hope I see you again sometime.
David Youngblood is from Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife Bree seemed really shy, until they sang one of my very favorite songs from the film Viva Las Vegas entitled “The Lady Loves Me”, then I saw how playful and fun they were. Of course, you’ll understand when you watch the video and hear that he proposed in his Elvis suit. How cool is that?
Until he gets himself a website, you can connect with Youngblood on Facebook.
Thank you Youngblood! I hope I see you again sometime.
Billy Lindsey was the winner of the 2012 Elvis Extravaganza.
He can be seen performing all around Tampa Bay, Florida
WINNER of The ELVIS Extravaganza at the Florida State Fair 2012
WINNER of I’ll Remember You, Elvis contest at Live Oak Florida 1-28-2012
CROWNED KING of South Tampa by The Tampa Tribune 7-24-2011
WINNER of The International ELVIS Extravaganza Contest at the Florida State Fair 2009
WINNER of Fan Favorite at the ELVIS Extravaganza 2010
WINNER of Best Look a Like at the ELVIS Extravaganza 2011
Thank you Bill! I hope I see you again sometime.
Craig has been an Elvis fan since the age of four. He was really nice. His first performance as Elvis was at age eight in his elementary school’s talent show. In 1987 Craig performed his first professional appearance as Elvis for a benefit for The American Cancer Society at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Georgia. He received a standing ovation and afterwards was inundated by audience members wanting to know where he was performing next. Craig knew he had found his calling and has been thrilling audiences ever since.
Learn about Craig’s Memories Of Elvis Show
Thank you Craig! I hope I see you again sometime.
Billy T Elvis hails from Plant City, Florida and he looked to me like he loved to sing and play. You know the expression “dance like no one is watching” – That is what Billy T reminded me of. He sings because he feels Elvis in his heart and soul. The other ETA’s said he has a heart of gold and I wish I would have had more time with him, but he had his own group of fans that kept him surrounded.
Billy T loves gospel music and he has been an Elvis fan his whole life.
Thank you Billy T! I hope I see you again sometime.
Cody comes from Southeast Louisiana. He is tall, tall like Elvis (okay, a little taller) and I like him because of his happy energy, his nice singing, his cute pink jacket and his contagious smile. In fact, I don’t think I ever saw him not smile, not even for a moment during the entire weekend! Cody was the youngest ETA at the contest and he looked like he was having awesome fun.
The 2012 Elvii Awards announced that Cody was the winner of the 2012 Horizon Award! Congratulations Cody!
In just a few months of performing, Cody is becoming a well known ETA throughout the South, doing shows in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, hoping to expand his tribute show throughout the nation. Cody will also be featured in the much anticipated upcoming book “Next Generation Kings” to be released in August. Cody loves what he does and considers himself a fan first and entertainer second. He enjoys paying tribute to who he calls “The greatest entertainer to ever live” and believes it is a true blessing and honor.
To learn more about Cody, follow him on Facebook and see his adorable photos of him and his lady!
Thank you Cody! I hope I see you again sometime.
Alfie is from Melbourne, Florida and he has the most incredible voice. When he sang, everyone got very quiet and my grandma cried. After the song ended, there was a moment of silence and then everyone cheered so loud. He is much more than an Elvis Tribute Artist, he is a singer (and a very, very good one too!). I could listen to him sing all day!
Learn more about Alfie
Alfie owns a hair salon and also makes Elvis wigs for ETA’s.
Thank you Alfie! I hope I see you again sometime.
Before you start reading, I wanted to let you know that a lot of times when there is a long post like this, my sister Zanna helps me with the writing (ok, ok – I talk and she writes and edits as she writes). So I wanted to make sure that Zanna gets the credit.
My mom knows we love our movie days with old shows. My favorites are Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Danny Kaye and Zanna loves Gene Kelly. But most of all I Love Lucy and I especially love Elvis. We don’t watch any new tv and we don’t have cable but that is fine because I like the colors and the music and the stories in the older shows anyway. We have almost every Elvis movie and sometimes at night we pop corn and watch. It’s fun to see everyone singing and dancing and being happy in those movies. I see real people like this at events, like when I went to Maui to Awesomeness Fest. But I don’t see so many other people dancing or even walking with a skip in their step. I wish more people would. That is what I try to do, make people happy and remember just to have fun.
Because January is the month of Elvis’ birthday, many theaters played Elvis movies and many shows were available. My mom surprised me and my sister and we got 1 month of Classic Film Series to see Elvis on the big screen. We have the movies, but it was fun to go out and we learned so much on the way.
Week One: Viva Las Vegas
This week we took my brother Zachary. He likes to support what I like even if her has seen or heard it before and I love that about him. We found out that the theater we go to is haunted. It has a very long history too. There is a whole chapter in a book you can read about it here. I want to read the whole book, so I put it on my wish list.
The theater is said to have been haunted by 3 different spirits. The first was an aged man with a goatee dressed is a blue coat and a fisherman’s hat. The owner himself reported sightings of “The Captain” as many at the theater refer to him. The second is a previous manager of the old theater. It is said that this spirit, Bill, was robbed and killed in the balcony by drunken tourists because he was believed to be a homosexual. The third is a young girl, believed to be between the ages of 9 and 12. She has been described as a friendly spirit who watches over the theater and all within it. There have been numerous reports of alarms going off in the middle of the night when no one had come near the theater at all, chandeliers swinging during and after performances, and “mists” or “orbs” showing up in random pictures taken at the theater. ~ Haunted Florida
Zanna took a picture from the balcony and it had 2 orbs and a shadowy outline of what looked like a person sitting in the chair.
There was a team of ghost hunters that went there are they got lots of pictures better than ours and people who know about it all added and wrote things too. So read this page, it’s really cool and so are the pictures.
Week Two: Jailhouse Rock
This week we too my grandma. She loves Elvis very much and is sad that she never had a chance to see him live. My mom took her to see Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, but never Elvis. We also went to the Clearwater Aquarium, home of the famous dolphin Winter. You can learn all about Winter by watching this movie, Dolphin Tale, a true story about courage, ingenuity, and never giving up. What I like most about this story is that people can come together and make a difference if they do not give up. Jailhouse Rock was great on the big screen and my grandma cried (a good movie cry).
Week Three: Clambake
This week we took our friend Bernie. Bernie is a really good friend of our family. He is one of the nicest people I know. He just bought a new kangen water machine and he has been bringing us alkaline water. It has been giving us all so much energy!
Bernie was a teenager at the time of Elvis and he remembers things that look like this; the cars, the clothes, the girls hair styles. Our favorite part is the ending when they are driving in Florida but you see the mountains behind them. Where do such mountains exist here? LOL Luckily I have been to Hollywood too, so I recognize the Malibu hills in the background. As we were leaving the theater, the manager was talking to us about the history of the theater and we met several ladies that were a part of the Elvis fan club. They were surprised to see me and my sister there, but my mom quickly told them that we are fans too and that the week before we were 3 generations of Elvis fans at the theater. The ladies seemed to like that and they shared some of their stories. It was fun to take Bernie, and we showed him the aquarium on our way out of downtown and now he is going to take his grandson there.
Week Four: King Creole
This is the only Elvis movie I have not seen before. Our final day at the cinema ended up being a NO GO So, sadly I have to report that I have still NOT seen King Creole. I put it on my WISH LIST and hope that it will come sometime as a surprise package in the mail. I manifest that way a lot and good things always happen.
I love the movies, especially on the big screen and in an old theater (a cool one with some history and old people with a lot of stories!) My mom says my grandma used to pull her out of schools sometimes to go to the movies and my mom loves old movies. My mom made a funny video about this at her site. I know she got it from her mom and now, I love old movies too. Some of my friends think that black and white or even silent movies are weird or boring. But I like them. I do like the color ones more, but it’s all good. They made things different back then. The actors had to sing and dance and everything was so colorful. My sister spends a lot of time behind the camera and editing and now I understand why. It’s art and I am grateful that this art is alive in my family.
More on Elvis events coming soon.
Never found a four leaf clover to bring good luck to me
No rabbit’s foot no lucky star no magic wishing tree
But I got lucky, yes I got lucky
When I found you, oh yeah!
~ Elvis, I Got Lucky
Yes, I got lucky AGAIN. Not only did I have 4 weeks of Elvis at the movie theater, but I also got to see two live Elvis shows just days in between each other. Last Thursday we saw Elvis Lives! which you can read about at this link. And then today, we saw Elvis – Ultimate Elvis Birthday which featured 2 Elvis tribute artists. Here is what they say about the show:
The “King of Rock and Roll” returns! Once again, “Elvis” will be in the house. This show brings us the best of both worlds: Scot Bruce as the young Elvis that rocked the music world with swiveling hips and bedroom eyes, and Mike Albert, the glitzy, charismatic, polished Las Vegas professional. The Big “E” Band re-creates the authentic Elvis sound for this rock ‘n’ roll afternoon. From Love Me Tender and Are You Lonesome Tonight? to All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock and It’s Now or Never, Elvis left an indelible mark on American popular music. Starring Scot Bruce, Mike Albert, and the Big “E” Band.
This time we took my grandmother and my brother and the Elvis’ stayed after the show to meet people, give hugs and sign autographs. They were both so very nice and again, it looked sold out with so many dedicated Elvis fans. People stood up many times and they made a tribute to the veterans. My mom and grandma cried again, but they were happy tears. This time I also saw more children too. From 1-100, everyone loves the King of Rock’n Roll! And I love Elvis too. It was a very good show and it’s so cool to see so many different Elvises, all of them have something special.
It’s been an amazing month of Elvis and I am so grateful that my family likes the things I like. Thank you Mama, and thank you all you Elvises, for keeping the King’s music alive.
Wow, things are just getting cooler and cooler. My mom said that a lot of the time I am focusing on events and interviews and she wanted me to just have fun so this month has been a month of surprises. I reminded her that I have fun doing the events and interviews . But Elvis is always a very special surprise. Yesterday my mom announced that we had an adventure to go on. We met my grandmother and went on a one day road trip. The destination, an Elvis tribute show!
Here is my special video of the show:
This is a video preview of what the show is about:
Here is the tour and show website, Elvis Lives! The Ultimate Elvis Tour
Oh my gosh, we had such fun. They had a bunch of Elvis pictures on display and you can see me and my sister and grandma above. There were so many people there and all of them were huge Elvis fans. They were wearing special hats, shirts, dresses. They carried purses and bags and had pins. I have never seen so much Elvis stuff in one place in all of my life! I was the only little girl there and so many of the people came up to talk to me and ask me about Elvis. They said they wished their grand daughters and great-grand daughters would like Elvis too. They were all so nice. From the shows website:
ELVIS LIVES is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring four finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The cast members include Bill Cherry, Ben Klein, Kevin Mills and Victor Trevino, Jr., each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. The Elvis tribute artists will be joined by a live band, back-up singers, dancers, along with an Ann-Margret tribute artist, as well as iconic imagery made available from the Graceland archives.
The show was amazing. It told the story of Elvis through his music and they have 4 Elvis tribute artists to play the parts. They were all REALLY good. The end was my favorite and the last Elvis sang and moved the best. My mom and grandma both cried when he sang Glory, Glory Hallelujah and it was a tribute to all of the veterans. So many old gentlemen stood up and they got a standing ovation.
I have been to other shows before and I really like theater – but this was the best show I have ever seen, ever, ever. I think it was because of the fans. My grandma was singing and dancing in her chair. There were thousands of grandmothers singing and dancing and they all looked so young and happy listening to the music and being there.
I know I missed the time of Elvis, but his energy and spirit lives in the music. All over the world, people still love and listen to Elvis and his shows, his music and movies and even Graceland, his house, sees more and more people very day. I wish I would have got to interview at least one of them, but you know what they say “Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building….” Maybe next time.
I am so grateful that my mom shares things from her life with me, and my grandma too.
Here is the tour and show website, Elvis Lives! The Ultimate Elvis Tour
My favorite Elvis was Bill Cherry. Here is an interview with him I found on youtube, Bill Cherry Interview. And here is a promo video with his awesome singing. His voice is so nice. (Bill, where is your website? My sister Zanna should make you one)
I am so blessed to have such awesome and amazing adventures. Thank you so much mama, I love you.
I love to knit. My grandmother who lives in Czech Republic has been knitting her whole life and my dad says that he grew up in knitted clothes. When my grandma came to visit, my mom sent her home with a suitcase full of yarns and she knitted hats that my mom called Berry Tops that made children’s heads look like berries. She sold them in her waldorf toy catalog that she had many years ago and she says they were a big seller. I still have my berry hat from her. I still have a lot of what she knitted for me. Now, I am making my own knitted gifts. This Christmas I did not buy one gift. Everything I gave was made by me. Here is a picture of just some of the things I made.
Knitting is a wonderful way to take time for yourself and to reconnect with your spirit. It’s the best way I know to be still! Did you know that knitting has many other benefits? I am always amazed when I read about something new that knitting can do to benefit us.
I am selling my knitted items. I use high quality yarn and like to work with the multi-colored yarns, so if you want one just let me know your favorite color. The money I make goes to support my work and interviews (and buying more yarn!)
You can order below:
Here are some articles my mom asked me to share about knitting.
I hope you like my knitting and will order something special.
Hi Everyone, here is another Awesomeness Fest interview I did with Vishen Lakhiani with Mindvalley. Vishen is the founder of Mindvalley and also the creator and founder of Awesomeness Fest! Vishen spoke at Awesomeness Fest and he was really nice. At the super hero costume party Vishen went as super man and I was super girl. It just goes to show that great minds think alike:) I interviewed Vishen at the luau on the last day of Awesomeness Fest, so here is the video, Enjoy!