Courtyard By Marriott Memphis Southaven
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... doing anything so instead Nick and I went to set up camp and cook dinner. After that Nick, Lexx, Romany, Steph and I went into town with Nicole and met up with her friends Andrew and Katie and Lee, who gave us a little tour of the town. It just so happened to be biker night so that at least cheered me up a bit. I definitely want to come back but you've got to give yourself at least a couple of days to be able to see and do everything, not a couple of ...
... tales. How Johnny cans intertwined a dollar bill in his guitar strings to get a chikka chikka percussive sound on tracks like Walk the Line. How Sam Phillips did not particularly rate Elvis , who loved the ballads, and a last ditch blast through "That's alright Mama" changed Sam's mind. Great photos ,an authentic unrestored environment, we're talking shabby and yet that sound and an investment in what was then cutting edge music. We then hit ...
... 40 years ago.
We also got to see his two airplanes (one even had a bed in it - with a safety seat belt inbuilt as well), his car collection (including his pink Cadillac), a bunch of history and a giant collection of his clothes. There was one point in his career where he was doing 2 nights a week for 30 days. It's just insane. I have a whole new appreciation for his music now.
After Graceland, we went and checked out Beale Street - the main drag in Memphis. Beale ...
So most of today was spent at the conference, but I did get out a bit in the morning to walk down the riverwalk to see the Pyramid. This is a giant glass pyramid, apparently originally built as a sports and entertainment venue. I guess a pyramid makes sense because this is Memphis on the Mississippi, resembling (in no way) Memphis on the Nile. The pyramid had some problems at the beginning, ...
... from it and try other bars, the music was so good. The people were so friendly. We met this guy from Kentucky who kept coming and talking to us as he wanted to hear our accent and I really liked his so we had lots of chats. There were several groups of young girls on what we would call a "hens" party but they weren't having to do silly things. After a few bars we did a walk but ...