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Donut
01-22-2010, 02:43 PM
I always hear the fans saying they can feel Elvis' presence there and that you also feel that was Elvis home at the very moment you cross its gates. I've tried hard to feel the same way every time I've been there, but I have never been able to get that feeling. It's like I can feel no one lives there anymore, and it shows some things inside have been changed to give it a "neutral" look. I think it's a combination of those two things that I get the impression I'm walking through a museum filled with Elvis' personal possessions.

Am I the only one? :hmm:
How do you see Graceland? It feels like a home or a museum to you?

Tommy
01-22-2010, 02:46 PM
I still think of it as his home. Even with different items inside, it still was where he lived, walked the grounds, played hard, laughed, etc. So when I go there, I think of him, and I always feel part of him there.

Donut
01-22-2010, 02:54 PM
I still think of it as his home. Even with different items inside, it still was where he lived, walked the grounds, played hard, laughed, etc. So when I go there, I think of him, and I always feel part of him there.

I think of him there too but it's like I feel the house is empty... you know what I mean?

May
01-22-2010, 03:33 PM
I do know what you mean, D.
I try and picture them all there; Elvis, Priscilla, the MM, the wives, Linda and Lisa Marie. But I think the more time that passes. the more it seems less of a home.

I remember having different feelings the first time I went though. Maybe it was because it was a long time ago, maybe just the excitement of going there for the first time. I don't know.

Tommy
01-22-2010, 03:34 PM
I think of him there too but it's like I feel the house is empty... you know what I mean?

I don't want to think that the house is empty, I know he did use the things they have there, especially the couch. The dining room chairs he sat on those. The piano he played. The pool table, the jungle room.:lol:

I understand what you are saying, but I choose not to think that way.

sasha
01-22-2010, 03:56 PM
I feel him in the house, but not at the gravesite. No idea why, just me I guess. :)

Donut
01-22-2010, 04:12 PM
It's good to know I'm not the only one, May :lol:

Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts on this.

May
01-22-2010, 04:36 PM
No problem.
Although, that reminds me. I did feel more of Elvis when I went to Tupelo. I don't know why. Maybe because it's less "commercialised" ?

Teddy
01-22-2010, 04:44 PM
I can feel Priscilla's presence in the house- gives me goosebumps :wub:
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Donut
01-22-2010, 04:52 PM
No problem.
Although, that reminds me. I did feel more of Elvis when I went to Tupelo. I don't know why. Maybe because it's less "commercialised" ?

That's what happened to me (y) and yes, that could be one of the reasons.

May
01-22-2010, 05:01 PM
Ya never know..

debtdbruno
01-22-2010, 05:07 PM
I felt that you could tell it was a 'home', not a typical celebrity showcase house..........it was loved and lived in..........

For me, it was the atmosphere at the Meditation Gdns..........such quiet, respectful, and peacful atmosphere.

Jungleroom76
01-22-2010, 07:10 PM
Actually it's probably the best way to present Elvis' life and career - a museum IN his home!! It certainly would not have the same feeling for most fans if they were just walking through some building somewhere, that had no connection to Elvis, looking at the artifacts from his career. At least for me when I have been inside Graceland, as I stood in the foyer for example, I could just picture Elvis coming down the stairs to greet his fans. As I stood in the pool room, I could imagine the guys playing pool having a good time. And as I stood in the Jungle Room, I could just picture Elvis and the band holding their recording sessions. Those things would probably not be possible walking through some warehouse somewhere looking at Elvis' belongings. :hmm:

Besides, there are just little nuances to the Elvis story that are best told by actually seeing the mansion...things that just couldn't be replicated at an off-site museum, in my opinion. ;)

TCB!
Mike

kathy parkinson
01-22-2010, 07:27 PM
Agree with you Mike, i also love his birthplace home in Tupelo, very humbling to go in there and then go in Graceland.

May
01-22-2010, 07:31 PM
Yes, what a contrast.

Jungleroom76
01-23-2010, 04:41 PM
Agree with you Mike, i also love his birthplace home in Tupelo, very humbling to go in there and then go in Graceland.

Unfortunately both times I was in Memphis, I didn't have the time to make the trip to Tupelo but from what I have seen of the house, I would certainly have to agree that seeing the difference between the original house he was born in and the house that he was able to purchase through his fame and fortune would most certainly be a humbling experience. :hmm:

TCB!
Mike

kathy parkinson
01-23-2010, 05:36 PM
We were told by the tour guide that if you took everything out of the dining room at Graceland you can put the birthplace in that room and still be able to walk around it.

May
01-23-2010, 07:56 PM
Not sure I'd go that far!:lol: But yes, it is pretty small.:)

kathy parkinson
01-23-2010, 08:05 PM
We all thought that too May, but didn't want to offend the lady.

May
01-23-2010, 09:01 PM
Maybe she was just joking, but was trying to illustrate the point ?

debtdbruno
01-23-2010, 09:46 PM
just for Donut...........a few pics here and there.......LOL

Jungleroom76
01-24-2010, 02:00 AM
just for Donut...........a few pics here and there.......LOL

Well obviously I'm not Donut, but I appreciate you posting the pictures too Deb!!! ;) (y)

TCB!
Mike

Tommy
01-24-2010, 02:19 AM
Me also, thank you. (y)

Diane
01-24-2010, 02:58 PM
Great pictures, thank you for sharing them Deb.

Diane

Donut
01-24-2010, 05:09 PM
just for Donut...........a few pics here and there.......LOL

I'm glad you took the time to go to Tupelo. I'm sure you didn't regreat it (y)
How did you manage to persuade the "guide" old lady to not come out in your pictures? It seemed to me she doesn't get it... :lol:
Could you get into the church?

debtdbruno
01-24-2010, 06:52 PM
she was sat on the bed...........just took a pic of the fireplace instead..........LOL

She certainly talked a lot, had trouble 'escaping'.........bless!!!!

Yes, we went into the church, they did a mock service of what it could have possibly being like when the Presley's went there.........

Donut
01-25-2010, 09:35 AM
she was sat on the bed...........just took a pic of the fireplace instead..........LOL

She certainly talked a lot, had trouble 'escaping'.........bless!!!!

:laughing: It's not easy to escape from her, the house is too small.

debtdbruno
01-25-2010, 09:39 AM
LOL.............very true!!!!!!

she's lovely though

MRS PRESLEY
01-26-2010, 07:23 AM
Unfortunately its become Priscilla's cash cow... I wonder if she ever goes to his grave site and pays her respects and thanks him for the life he gave her? DON'T THINK SO.

debtdbruno
01-26-2010, 04:36 PM
there's two sides to every story...................

KPM
01-26-2010, 10:17 PM
My daughter just visited Graceland about a month ago-she said she did feel a certain feeling that he was still a presense in the house... that it was still his home.
She said she knew you were not suppose to touch the furnishings and walls etc but she kept touching everything she could with the idea in her mind that Elvis may have touched this spot:lol:
So I guess its still "whats left of his home" which is now a National Treasure and museum.

Diane
01-26-2010, 10:59 PM
I've never been to Graceland but I imagine just seeing what Elvis touched and used (especially the piano) that I would get tingles.

Diane

Donut
01-27-2010, 10:00 AM
My daughter just visited Graceland about a month ago-she said she did feel a certain feeling that he was still a presense in the house... that it was still his home.
She said she knew you were not suppose to touch the furnishings and walls etc but she kept touching everything she could with the idea in her mind that Elvis may have touched this spot:lol:
So I guess its still "whats left of his home" which is now a National Treasure and museum.

It shows you have been in charge of her education :king:;)
You should have gone with her :)

cbg84
01-27-2010, 11:36 PM
Today when I was there it was more a museum but that was cause I was on a time limit. But the other times I've been there though I don't feel his prensence really, it's more of a tribute to him than anything now. It's not a museum but not a home either.

franny
01-28-2010, 12:49 AM
Donut I have never been to Graceland, but with so many pics of Elvis in his home and knowing how much he thought of Graceland, I would still consider it his home and...a museum at the same time. Not sure if that makes sense :lol:

Thanks, for posting the pics Deb. (y)

franny

Donut
01-28-2010, 10:24 AM
Donut I have never been to Graceland, but with so many pics of Elvis in his home and knowing how much he thought of Graceland, I would still consider it his home and...a museum at the same time. Not sure if that makes sense :lol:


I know what you mean, it makes sense.
I think of it as Elvis home too but what I meant is that to me it has lost the feel of a home, but maybe it's just me :hmm:

May
01-28-2010, 12:04 PM
there's two sides to every story...................

That's true, but unfortunately we will only ever hear one side now. :'(

Teddy
01-28-2010, 12:22 PM
That's true, but unfortunately we will only ever hear one side now. :'(

The backside, if you and Donut have anything to do with it! http://smiley.net.ru/entunc029.gif

May
01-28-2010, 12:44 PM
:yawn:
It must be lovely to be so deluded :wacko::laughing:

Donut
01-28-2010, 12:54 PM
The backside, if you and Donut have anything to do with it! http://smiley.net.ru/entunc029.gif

http://smilies-gifs.com/enfadados/39enfadados.gif

Elizasong
01-29-2010, 03:51 AM
Today when I was there it was more a museum but that was cause I was on a time limit. But the other times I've been there though I don't feel his presence really, it's more of a tribute to him than anything now. It's not a museum but not a home either.

I agree (y)

I didn't feel his presence when I was there. I wouldn't know what his presence feels like because I never met him. I think the Tupelo house is a nice tribute also to see where he came from although I picture it not as fancied up as they have it today.

Polk-Salad-Annie
01-29-2010, 11:32 AM
I feel him in the house, but not at the gravesite. No idea why, just me I guess. :)
I feel him every where.
In the house and even at the gravesite.

KPM
01-29-2010, 07:51 PM
It shows you have been in charge of her education :king:;)
You should have gone with her :)

Believe it or not I have never been to Graceland-had a chance 24 years ago right after my youngest daughter was born... my brothers knew I had a couple weeks vacation off for the birth and they decided to "surprise me" we were halfway to Memphis when I realised it-they gave me a note from my wife telling me to enjoy Memphis she and the kids would be okay.
I made them turn around and head home-my wife had just given birth 4 days before, we had 2 other kids aged 2 and 4 and it was not fair for me to have a 3 day fun vacation in Memphis with her at home with 3 kids all under 5.
That was the closest I came to a visit-and since then we have either not had the money-or I could not find the time from work. We will make it one day when the planets align just perfectly:P

Diane
01-29-2010, 08:11 PM
Believe it or not I have never been to Graceland-had a chance 24 years ago right after my youngest daughter was born... my brothers knew I had a couple weeks vacation off for the birth and they decided to "surprise me" we were halfway to Memphis when I realised it-they gave me a note from my wife telling me to enjoy Memphis she and the kids would be okay.
I made them turn around and head home-my wife had just given birth 4 days before, we had 2 other kids aged 2 and 4 and it was not fair for me to have a 3 day fun vacation in Memphis with her at home with 3 kids all under 5.
That was the closest I came to a visit-and since then we have either not had the money-or I could not find the time from work. We will make it one day when the planets align just perfectly:P

It's been a similar situation for us but I'm also still hoping that we will make it there sometime as well.

Diane

debtdbruno
01-29-2010, 08:24 PM
Believe it or not I have never been to Graceland-had a chance 24 years ago right after my youngest daughter was born... my brothers knew I had a couple weeks vacation off for the birth and they decided to "surprise me" we were halfway to Memphis when I realised it-they gave me a note from my wife telling me to enjoy Memphis she and the kids would be okay.
I made them turn around and head home-my wife had just given birth 4 days before, we had 2 other kids aged 2 and 4 and it was not fair for me to have a 3 day fun vacation in Memphis with her at home with 3 kids all under 5.
That was the closest I came to a visit-and since then we have either not had the money-or I could not find the time from work. We will make it one day when the planets align just perfectly:P

Awww, bless..........how sweet of you ken:notworthy:notworthy

KPM
01-29-2010, 08:40 PM
Awww, bless..........how sweet of you ken:notworthy:notworthy
I would have not enjoyed the trip knowing my wife was at home changing diapers and chasing the kids...... I only did what my conscience told me to do, and its never bothered me. Like I said one day she and I will go together and it will be even more special because she is there.

Diane
01-29-2010, 08:58 PM
I would have not enjoyed the trip knowing my wife was at home changing diapers and chasing the kids...... I only did what my conscience told me to do, and its never bothered me. Like I said one day she and I will go together and it will be even more special because she is there.

And that's a good part of the reason why you have such a close loving relationship with your wife and I have no doubt from the wqy you feel about her that she also does her part. :notworthy:notworthy:notworthy to both of you!

Diane

debtdbruno
01-29-2010, 09:13 PM
your wife is very lucky Ken..............

KPM
01-29-2010, 09:25 PM
It's been a similar situation for us but I'm also still hoping that we will make it there sometime as well.

Diane
I hope you do also-but if its like us something always seems to come up.

Donut
01-29-2010, 09:46 PM
I would have not enjoyed the trip knowing my wife was at home changing diapers and chasing the kids...... I only did what my conscience told me to do, and its never bothered me. Like I said one day she and I will go together and it will be even more special because she is there.

Awww :lol:

Diane
01-29-2010, 10:11 PM
I hope you do also-but if its like us something always seems to come up.


I hope we both get to Graceland some day, but if we don't it's okay, what we have a home is a blessing enough right? I practically feel like I've already been there with all the wonderful pictures everyone posts here anyway.

Diane

KPM
01-29-2010, 10:12 PM
I hope we both get to Graceland some day, but if we don't it's okay, what we have a home is a blessing enough right? I practically feel like I've already been there with all the wonderful pictures everyone posts here anyway.

Diane
Yes all the pictures and the great stories of visiting-its like we've been there.(y)

monk37
01-30-2010, 02:51 AM
I think you get a better sense of his style and humour by seeing all his decor choice, all the knickknacks, the artwork - the fabrics and colours

Elvis was a gadget guy - I think he would have loved computers - the internet would have given him an astonishing freedom to interact with people who didn't know who he was.

When I was there in 1987, I hardly had a moment to consider, so frantic I was to snap pictures and describe everything to my aunt - she won a contest trip and at this point, was blind - so it was a bit trippy to her to finally get to be at Graceland, but still not see it.

I mostly kept a lookout for the guides, so I could sneak her hand over the ropes so she could touch stuff.

Donut
01-30-2010, 04:25 PM
When I was there in 1987, I hardly had a moment to consider, so frantic I was to snap pictures and describe everything to my aunt - she won a contest trip and at this point, was blind - so it was a bit trippy to her to finally get to be at Graceland, but still not see it.

I mostly kept a lookout for the guides, so I could sneak her hand over the ropes so she could touch stuff.

(y) You are my new hero :lol:

Jailhouse Rock
01-31-2010, 01:09 AM
I went to Graceland once this year with my grandparents and I could feel Elvis and family there, I viewed the journey as a home more becuase when do you actually get to go inside of someones house? I felt like it was a home that the fans (young and old) can enjoy and celebrate the life of the singer and man himself, I and my grandparents can say we were in the Presley home.