Burning Love

Our city has been more crowded than normal this week, and visitors have come from all over the world to spend a few days with us.  I think that’s awfully nice of them. Thank you, visitors.  For a lot of them, this isn’t their first trip here to the sweltering southern United States.  Some even come here every year at this exact time.  Why in the world would anyone choose Memphis as a travel destination in the MIDDLE OF AUGUST?  


Simple.  For the love of all things ELVIS. Today marks the end of a week-long celebration called Elvis Week, and if you’re not familiar with it, count your blessings you’re really missing out on some great events.  The highlight of the week is the Candlelight Vigil, which is held at Graceland.  Some Memphians (you-know-who-you-are) will attend to watch the crowd, as fans in the past have been known to be very dramatic.  But mainly, the vigil is attended by people who feel the need to pay their respects to Elvis. 


It really is a sight to behold.  It’s a little early for folks to be posting their videos onto the internet, so here’s the best one I can find so far.  It’s from our city’s newspaper’s website, and though it’s not very long, if you’ve never experienced the vigil, you’ll have some idea of what it’s like.  Even though we’d had rain all day Friday, these fans were not deterred.


It must be because of their Burning Love for the KING OF ROCK-N-ROLL.  


So, rest in peace, Elvis, and thanks for the music.  


The movies?  Not so much.


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