When we were in high school, my younger brother played Elvis incessantly. I didn’t think much of him as a singer, musician, or songwriter. Maybe I disliked him just because my brother liked him so much. Also, I was more into Hawaiian and contemporary acts from Hawai’i like Cecilio & Kapono, Olomana and Kalapana at the time.
A few weeks ago I caught Elvis on Bravo’s “Musician” series, and really enjoyed listening to him talk and perform. My mind raced back to the days when my brother’s stereo was blaring. I could still remember the melodies and some of the lyrics, but didn’t remember the name of a single song. I checked out Elvis’ website, listened to some samples from his new CD, and decided to order it, as well as his “Very Best of Elvis Costello” complilation. I’m now a fan, and now I know the names of those bloody songs that have haunted me all these years.
I guess my boycott will have to start another day.