Why 'Blue Suede Shoe'?
There are two answers to this question:
- My Mum indoctinated me in the work of 'The King' from a very early age. I spent a good part of the early 1970's wearing down the vinyl on a stack of 7" Elvis 45's, watching Elvis movies and standing in front of an Elvis Presley mirror that I had in my bedroom, trying to align my facial expression with his. And failing. My Elvis fandom has spanned my entire life, at times to much ridicule, as my best mate at school was cooler than me aged 11, and already listening to the 'Sex Pistols', through to playing guitar and singing Elvis covers in a band as an adult... with the same best mate. Funny that, huh...? (Mr. Paul Mullen)
- The very first time I laughed out loud, after learning that losing my foot had become the likeliest outcome, was when I suggested to Mary that I might keep a blog. We were sat at our ktchen table one evening, and she replied 'well, what are you gonna call it?' The ideas flowed thick and fast and proved nothing less than laughter is indeed the best medicine. To be very clear here, I'd quickly learned from the amputee community, that a healthy dose of humour and irony is entirely appropriate from time-to-time, and a little bit of self-effacement never hurt a soul, so off we went. There were a few music-based contenders, such as 'This Boot was made for Walking', 'The Texas One-Step' and in a close second place, 'Stump up the Volume'. But once we thought of 'Blue Suede Shoe', there was only one winner, and here we are. Have a quick listen below, unlike my right foot, it only improves with age...