Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Elvis Presley… Blue Suede Shoes”)

Whenever I need to cover a song vocally I often look it up on Youtube first. Just about every song imaginable can be found there. Well, one day I decided to check out an old song that seemed kind of fun to do, and that is when I came across this video of Elvis Presley singing “Blue Suede Shoes.” Elvis was a musical cult hero during his time, even though his career had been tainted by personal issues and drug abuse. I wanted to share this particular video with you for several reasons. For one, the art of lip syncing goes back many years, even during his era. If you check out this video, Elvis walks onstage and the atmosphere is perfectly quiet. Then if you notice the song will start without any count to lead him in. He is just a “fraction” late coming in at the beginning. Also please take notice that there is “no microphone” for him to sing into, so there is no way his voice should be amplified that well over the music. Finally, when it comes to the guitar solo part, Elvis “looks like” he is “really getting down” while playing it. The problem is that his guitar is not hooked up to any amplifier for sound and his playing motions show that he is “clearly NOT” playing the guitar solo at all, but rather “faking it” to make people believe that he is. For the record, I am not trying to disrespect Elvis at all, but rather just trying to show you some of the “tricks of the trade” that have been established for a long while. To the untrained ear sometimes it is “difficult” to tell what you are hearing when checking out a live concert. Many of today’s artists will do the same thing in order to “convince you” that their shows are authentic. I invite you to check out this rendition of Elvis Presley singing Blue Suede Shoes and  you can come  up with your own conclusions. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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