With the sad funeral of Whitney Houston this weekend, we are reminded of the epic role that an entertainer can have in the lives of the fans. Yes, there is the deep personal mourning for those who knew the dearly departed celebrity the best. There is also a sort of personal mourning when an icon has entered the hearts of his or her admirers.
Elvis Presley is also a star whose death left a deep void in the lives of his most devoted fans. Music has a power to heal and to transform our lives. When a singer or musician is in the spotlight giving us wonderful music for years on end, it’s not surprising that we feel a bond with them. These artists put into words and set to music our deepest feelings. Presley’s music had a lot of heart, and that is one of the reasons that he is still so beloved even by fans who were not born when the iconic singer passed away.
Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, and his ex-wife, Priscilla, have carefully preserved the memory, legacy, and legend of Elvis with the museum at his home of Graceland and the careful releasing of his music through the changing mediums that we use through the years to enjoy those classic songs that will be playing over and over again for many, many years to come. That is the power of the love listeners of the music of Elvis have for his artistry.