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Now Playing: "Marking Time" (3)
Topic: "Marking Time" (3)
One thing that we all share, dear reader, are seminal moments in time. There is a point where each of us realizes that we have reached a new plateau, and that the time remaining will be different from the time past. Frodo remembers a night, 30 years ago this month, when his youth was no more, and he was rudely delivered to the next level of his life. One of the truly creative masterpieces in the American art form was no more, and suddenly, Frodo was much older.
One of Frodo's fellow Hobbits had a spouse attending Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and when it was announced that Elvis Presley would be performing in concert, she asked Frodo and Sam if they would like tickets. Frodo would have taken out a second mortgage on his house, had he one at the time, because the opportunity to see "The King" in person was an opportunity both rare and spectacular. To this day, both Frodo and Sam attest that it was the single best "show" "concert" "exhibition" that either have seen, and that is not faint praise.
It opened with "Also Sprach Zarathustra," familiar to those who knew the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," and continued all the way to the "Elvis has left the building," announcement once he exited the stage. He must have received 50 bouquets of roses from dauntless female admirers, and handed out at least a dozen kerchiefs from around his neck to those who risked life and limb to rush the stage. He performed almost every song Frodo could sing with him, and he entranced an auditorium of those who were already convinced that they were in the presence of something truly unique, and yes, dear reader, truly great.
In tribute this evening, imagine yourself in a motorcar, Frodo (looking a great deal like Anthony) is driving, and you are one of the "Designing Women" driven home from Memphis to Atlanta late at night, and the radio is playing, just for you.
For any male readers, kiss off, you'd never understand.