From an email list I am on.
STORY BEHIND THE SONG
Several songs that might have been hits have been discarded during the actual
recording sessions because the artist changed their mine about the tunes after
starting to record them.
Such was almost the case for Elvis Presley’s 1960 hit “Are You Lonesome
Elvis reportedly recorded the song with the lights out in the studio – at his
According to recording engineer Bill Porter – there was only an acoustic guitar,
a bass, the Jordanaires, and Elvis on that session and the Jordanaires made a
mistake on the end – by going to the wrong chord. After barely getting started
on the second take – Elvis stopped the session and told producer Steve Sholes to
throw the song out because he couldn’t do it justice. Sholes thought the song
was a hit and talked Elvis into re-recording just the ending of the song – then
told Porter to splice the tape and add the re-recorded ending to the rest of the
Porter spliced the tape and Presley’s RCA Victor single “Are You Lonesome
Tonight” came on the country charts December 12th, 1960 and peaked at number 22.
It was Presley’s 30th charted country song and was on the charts for six weeks.
I have listened to the Oldies music radio stations for many many many years now and have enjoyed them for the most part. BUT I have noticed that they tend to only play the biggest hits and they get recycled over and over it seems. There is a big part of my fondest memories that I spent listening to and singing the songs that never cracked the top 10. These songs go into the makeup of memories from my past.
As I have grown older – ok ok, old; I have had a lot of chance to reflect on my Christian life and church preference. I have a lot of miscellaneous and probably unfinished thoughts on a lot of churchy things. Fasten your seatbelts and hopefully finish reading this post.
Music, most of todays churches use contemporary music instead of the old hymns I am used to. I tolerate the guitars and drums as long as they are not do loud that you can’t hear the voices; sometimes they are just too overpowering. I do wish they would sprinkle in an old standard once in a while – I would love to sing thing like “The Old Rugged Cross” or “ In The Garden” once in a while.
In the past people would not just say “welcome”, shake your hand and then keep walking. . . because hey there might be a football game on. They would engage you in an actual conversation. Maybe invite new folks to a mid week Bible study or Sunday School or church dinner. And the older church folks would never let a newcomer stand or sit alone.
Church folk would even hand you a religious tract booklet or also something I don’t see anymore, a small New Testament Bible; I still have one I was given back in 1967 when I was leaving to go to Thailand with the Air Force. I am not saying that I always read it faithfully but it has travelled with me all over the world and I still have it and look at it once in a while – it planted the seed in Christianity in my life and I am very grateful for it.
I remember when (60’s) the Pastor would periodically come around for a visit (usually Sunday afternoon) and maybe a meal. That really helped to get to know everyone and not just be a face in a crowd; plus it is nice to get to know the Pastor as a person and not just the guy who preaches. It wouldn’t work for me in my situation as I am the only “churchy” one – but there are many folks who would benefit from it.
In parting, there is one thing I wish I could do is to go into the sanctuary during the week and just sit there in the quiet and think – but in todays world that just isn’t possible. . . . is it?