Most times, I sing to others. Sometimes, I get sung to.
Today was one of those days that fall into the latter category.
I’ve been singing through bronchitis for the past two weeks. This week has caught up with me, but with the Christmas season upon us, music doesn’t stop. The bronchitis has since left my chest. But the ill effects of lethargy are still with me.
So today, I’m singing at Graceland when a gentleman points to me as he’s walking.
I smile and nod and he walks away.
Another couple comes up to me and begins talking. They’re from Montreal and have been to Graceland numerous times, stopping off as they came through Memphis.
I ask them if I can sing a song for them and once I begin the previous gentleman comes from and center and starts singing, “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” He has a big voice. An Elvis-big voice.
We finish the song and then I shake his hand. His name is Lucia. He’s from Italy and he’s an Elvis Tribute Artist—that’s ETA for y’all folks in the know.
Well, Lucia wants to sing another song.
He requests “It’s Now or Never.” Well, it sorta is, Now or Never. When presented with the opportunity such as this, I take it. But before he can sing, he must take a picture with me. So, we go and take our picture by Elvis pink Jeep and he comes back.
I begin “It’s Now or Never” and he belts it out in an Italian accent. As the song ends, my spirits have picked up and I have now forgotten that I was so tired.
In a way, Lucia has brought me joy today, just as I do on a regular basis for others.
Today, I wasn’t feeling it. But as I began to sing, the opportunity for blessings came.
I’m reminded of what Briscoe Darling from the Andy Griffith Show used to said, “You got time to breathe? You got time for music.”
For bringing music to me today, Lucia from Itlay is my hero.