Elvis is Alive!
18, August, 2007 Leave a comment
August 16 (Thursday) marked the 30th death anniversary of Elvis Presley. Indeed, Elvis lives on. He lives on, not just in the hearts of his many fans the world over as seen in the commemorative shows, night vigils and all that have been held, not just in his hometown, Memphis, but also in places as far as Japan and the Philippines, but also in New Media! (Btw, when I visited Graceland in Memphis a few years back, I just couldn’t help but in awe of the King of Rock n Roll. Sure, he had his extravagant and even garish excesses, but there’s no denying the allure and longevity of his charismatic voice, but I digress…)
Well, what do I mean by Elvis and New Media? Yesterday, his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley released a video of her and her dad singing “In the Ghetto” on spinner.com. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death, Lisa Marie Presley decided to sing with Elvis. Thanks to new sound and visual technologies, “In the Ghetto” music video has been made possible. Of course, we all remember the amazing duet Elvis had with Celine Dion on American Idol singing one of my favourite Elvis songs, “If I Can Dream“.
What makes it more interesting is that she launched the song via using a music video on an online music portal, which marks a new way of promoting music that has become increasingly popular with artistes in this Youtube generation.
The proceeds of the sales of the song will go towards helping a new Presley Place transitional housing campus in New Orleans, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. (Btw, I’m really thankful that I had the chance to see New Orleans before the hurricane struck. I was there about three months before Hurricane Katrina billowed its way there, and it saddens me that a lot of the charming streets and houses of New Orleans have been destroyed. Anyway, I digress…)
Via using the online medium, Lisa Marie is able to showcase her music on a mass scale. At the same time, she ensures that Elvis lives on!