When I was growing up I listened to a lot of Elvis Presley.
My Mom was a fan of his so we had his albums in the living room but at some point I started to snag them and take them to my room and listen to them on my own.
I think Mom was very pleased with that, so when we would go to the store I’d ask to buy Elvis records and she wouldn’t tell me which ones to get, I’d have to choose them on my own.
I enjoyed doing that.
But this song was my hands down favorite.
When I was around 10 I’d come home from school, head straight for my room and put this song on my record player, jump up on my bed and I’d sing along with Elvis until my voice was gone.
In the story of my life we’d hear this when the going gets rough and I get tough.
With a smile of course.
Back to Elvis…sort of.
This is the theme song from Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell. The song is called The King’s Highway and the first time I heard it, it went into my head and stayed there note for note.
This song would show up if my life were on a screen and there’s a shot of me writing. You’d see the world is running right by my window ( I’ll bet you’d see freaky stuff like dogs and Martians and monsters and spaceships and kids playing with Hula Hoops and yo-yos) and I finally look up and notice and think for a minute maybe I should be out there…but then I look down and keep writing.
It all started when I was kid- the writing, the weird take on the world, me never fitting in anywhere or with anyone and not really getting it. I just thought that’s the way it was.
You got an idea or had a talent or a dream and you’d have to see it through alone.
I learned that from my Grandparents.
So in my life story I’d be looking in a mirror, reflecting on my life and as you’d see me ageing back to that fearless little kid who was called ‘ Baby Monster’ You’d hear this song- it represents my Grandparents who all passed on there love of Glen Miller to me.
So there it is, some of the songs that make up the soundtrack of my life.
Listening to these songs I’m thinking…it hasn’t been all together a bad ride.