And when memories haunt me
And the tears starts to flow
I’ll just think of the sorrow
You caused me to know
No more for the past
To return will I pray
Gonna live for tomorrow
(Starting Today, Elvis Presley)
Life is a series of hardships, of pain. Whether it was designed this way from the beginning, or a tragedy of modern society, I cannot know. But it’s what we’ve been born into for centuries at the very least. It’s simple to think that the person next to you, the one who has more money, who has a spouse, a child; the one who has the answers, that their life is simple. But the one who sang the above, who had the beautiful wife, the daughter, the fandom and fortune, was one with little happiness at all. Elvis Presley, King of Rock and Roll, Army Sergeant, cultural icon, died at age 42 due to complications stemming from barbiturate and pain killer addictions. The difficulties of life left him with a desire to cover pain with narcotics, sedatives, and amphetamines: 10,000 doses prescribed in the 8 months prior to his death. Society’s fond remembrance is of course due to his musical influence, but should maybe be more than that. To understand that there is no easy solution. To be optimistic- think of the wondrous loves tomorrow could bring- easier said than done.
Southend United FC, a League One English Football Club Team, tried to embody Elvis’ legacy, nobility, and spirit in their mascot. The team first decided on an eel, but was unsure of how to ensure this eel was popular, and therefore wanted to personify an already popular celebrity. And here’s what the got:
Elvis J. Eel is, quite personally, one of the biggest mascot failures. And I’m not exactly sure why he’s still around, except that the team’s previous mascot, Sammie Shrimp, was seen as equally ugly, but more phallic.
But their logo has the shrimp guy in it! AHH!
Elvis Presley, we’re sorry.