Memphis

Trip Start Mar 23, 2008
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Saturday, March 29, 2008

     One of the first things I see driving into downtown Memphis is a somewhat comic pyramid intended to create a symbolic link to the Nile Delta.  Why even bother going to Egypt now?  I´ve been looking forward to visiting a few spots I have heard about most my life but first things first.  Gina, Aisha, and Hasina must visit the Kings quarters.  Graceland has been the home to Elvis since he was 22 years old.  The ticket line is full of all kinds, pompadours and fanny-packs alike.  Instructions are given in 7 different languages.  The only other time I have seen this in America was at the ER in Brooklyn.  The home, smaller than you would think, is decorated just like you would imagine a poor kid making it big would.  Oversized furniture, a mirrored stairway, a jungle room, and three TVs in one wall.  The tour is finished in the meditation garden where the Kings body rests. 
     Next, we head to Union Ave for Sun Studios.  The very small space has discovered some very big names.  Elvis knocked on the door asking to record a song for his mama giving the famous quote, "I don´t sound like nobody else."  Johnny Cash cut his first record here, and Jerry Lee Lewis played the keys on Great Balls Of Fire.  Despite all the talent Sam Phillips said his greatest discovery was Howlin´Wolf.  I stood on the X where Elvis sang, sat at the piano under a picture of the million dollar quartet, and picked up a guitar to play Folsom Prison Blues.  Its hard to believe the impact that these four walls have had on the world. 
     Another small room that will forever change history is 306 of the Lorraine Motel.  The National Civil Rights Museum was built onto this historic site.  I view the room as it was left by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on the day of his assassination, April 1, 1968.  Across the street is a bathroom with the vantage point seen by his killer James Earl Ray. 
     The day is finished with some pork barbecue that melts on your tongue and some blues on Beale St, courtesy of Dr Feelsgood Potts. 
 
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